International Gay Polo Week Presented by Discover The Palm Beaches and PBC Sports Commission Returns

03/10/2016
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International Gay Polo Week Presented by Discover The Palm Beaches and Palm Beach County Sports Commission Returns to Wellington, March 31 - April 3, 2016

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (March 10, 2015) - Discover The Palm Beaches, in partnership with Palm Beach County Sports Commission, is proud to present Gay Polo League's (GPL) Seventh Annual International Gay Polo Week taking place March 31 through April 3, 2016 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Fla. The event will feature elaborate tailgate competitions, exclusive VIP parties, polo tournament matches, an after-ceremony party and concluding Sunday Brunch.

"The International Gay Polo Tournament is an exciting and action-packed event that celebrates diversity," said Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO for Discover The Palm Beaches. "We're fortunate to have such a world-class event in the Winter Equestrian Capital of The World. The International Gay Polo Tournament helps us showcase one of our 'best in class' sports experiences, while reaffirming The Palm Beaches' way of life relative to genuine hospitality and inclusiveness."

"We are very excited about partnering with Discover The Palm Beaches in presenting this one-of-a-kind tournament," said Kayla French, director of marketing and business development for Palm Beach County Sports Commission. "This is a very special event for our community that will create a huge tourism impact."

International Gay Polo Week will kick off on Thursday, March 31 with an exclusive VIP party for sponsors and polo players. The fun continues on Friday, April 1 at the GPL Polotini Party from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Mallet Grill, located at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Hosted by philanthropist Patricia Quick, tickets to the GPL Polotini Party are $125 per person and available on-line at www.gaypolo.com.

On Saturday, April 2, the Seventh Annual International Gay Polo Tournament matches will be played at International Polo Club Palm Beach Isla Carroll Field West. Gates open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 2 for tailgate setup and at 12 p.m. for general admission. The first match will start at 1 p.m. followed by the final competition at 3 p.m. During the event, tailgate displays will be judged for the Tailgate Competition Categories Contests. Contest winners will be announced at the field-side after-party that evening.

Tickets are available from $25 per person for general admission and $250 for a VIP individual ticket, which includes gourmet catering, cold refreshments and VIP parking. A group tailgate pass can be purchased for $375 and includes general admission for up to six people A VIP Table Package can also be purchased from $1,300 and includes admission for up to six people, gourmet catering, table-side service, cold refreshments and VIP parking.

On Sunday, April 3, event-goers are invited to join GPL players for Sunday Brunch at 1 p.m. at the International Polo Club Palm Beach Mallet Grille. Brunch will be comprised of cold refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and exquisite cuisine. Sunday Brunch tickets are from $125 per person and include admission to the polo match at 3 p.m.

In the lead up to Gay Polo Week, The Palm Beaches' LGBTQI community will celebrate PrideFest in Lake Worth, Fla. on March 19 - 20, 2016. Organized annually by Compass, the largest gay and lesbian center in the U.S. Southeast, the two-day event welcomes nearly 25,000 people and celebrates local community pride with live music, market area with vendors from across The Palm Beaches and a wide selection of food options provided by local restaurants.

Comprised of 15 distinct districts, The Palm Beaches offers a diverse selection of LGBTQI-welcoming activities, events and accommodations. Relax on one of the countless gold-sand South Florida ocean beaches, explore cabaret traditions at The Colony Hotel's Royal Room Cabaret and experience the best in shopping, dining and fitness. Not to mention, world-class spa experiences and nightlife options.

For more information on International Gay Polo Week, visit www.gaypolo.com/the-event. For more information on the PrideFest, visit www.palmbeachfl.com/events-palm-beach/fairs-festivals/pridefest. Lodging and destination information can be found online at www.palmbeachfl.com.  

About the Gay Polo League:
Gay Polo League (GPL) is a community that shares a love for adventure, fun and the challenging sport of polo. GPL is committed to providing members with an enjoyable, supportive and competitive experience. GPL represents a wide range of ages, backgrounds and skill levels. GPL trains and competes in mainstream matches and events while sharing enthusiasm for the sport, to change perceptions about our community. For more information, please visit gaypolo.com.

About Discover The Palm Beaches
Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism marketing corporation that promotes the collection of 38 cities and towns and 15 tourism districts spanning 2,000 square miles and 47 miles of pristine beaches from Boca Raton to Jupiter, commonly referred to as The Palm Beaches of South Florida. Tourism is among Palm Beach County's major industries. It generates an annual economic impact of $7.3 billion in the local economy, produces $42 million in bed-tax revenue and lodging sales of approximately $623 million and supports more than 69,000 jobs.

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