Polo at the Point Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Polo at the Point Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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Saturday was the 25th anniversary of Polo at the Point. This successful charity event has raised over six million dollars since it got started in the last 80’s. Fast paced polo matches ran all afternoon and the weather could not have been better for this 2013 event. In all over four thousand people were estimated to be in attendance. Each year Polo at the Point committee members select two local charities to be the focus of the funding effort. This year the fundraiser is donating proceeds to the Mitchell Cancer Center and the Thomas Hospital Birthing Center Foundation.

Charity Chairman Linda Lou Parsons says, Polo at the Point makes a tremendous impact on this area. The money stays here locally. She speaks highly of those who put this event together. “The people that do this take a year to put it together, it's all volunteer. We don't pay anyone to do anything, because everybody gives from their heart for the people in this area”, she says.

Polo at the Point is one of the top one-day fund raising events in South Alabama.

The charity also took time during the event to honor four World War Two veterans. Three of whom flew to Washington DC as part of the Honor Flight program and the fourth is the state’s oldest living veteran.

Those being honored were retired Major Mordecai Arnold, Retired Colonel Harry Moreland, Retired Captain Stan Keel and Retired Major John Jacobsen. Mr. Jacobsen wore his army uniform and this Saturday was a special day being his 103rd birthday.

Honor Flight organizer, Dr. Barry Booth spoke to the crowd about the contributions these veterans made to our country. He said, “They gave us opportunities to make choices and to pass along the blessings that they gave us to our children and grandchildren.“

During the recognition ceremony many people came by to shake John Jacobsen’s hand and wish him the best on 103rd birthday.

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