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The Colleton Center and Limehouse Family to host fourth annual Polo for the Point

Action from last year’s events. Photo by Kendrick Mayes

The fourth annual Polo for the Point will be held on Sunday, October 28, 2012. Proceeds will benefit The Colleton Center and be used to continue the preservation and restoration of the 700 seat performing arts auditorium.

This benefit polo match, hosted by the Limehouse family, will be held at the Limehouse Polo Grounds on Highway 15 N, 2701 Jefferies Highway, approximately 7 miles from Walterboro. Brien Limehouse says the family enjoys hosting this unique event.

“We’re all looking forward to another great event for the Colleton Center’s auditorium. Each year it keeps getting better! Limehouse says. “The Limehouse family has deep roots here, the entire family is excited!” According to co-chairpersons Kathie Smith and Linda Kelly, the gates will open at 12:00 noon, with pre-game activities beginning at 1:00 pm. The benefit game will be held at 2:00 pm beginning with the children’s chukker.

Activities during the day will also include best tailgate and best hat contests, children’s activities, a foxhunting demonstration, benefit match and stomping of the divots. Several levels of sponsorships, including reserved parking and space, tickets and advertising in the program, are available.

General admission (in advance and at the gate) is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. This event is open to the public.

Tickets are available in Walterboro at Griffin Jewelers, Downtown Books & Espresso, the Artisans Center, Colleton’s Fine Clothing, The Colleton Center (494 Hampton St), or at the Gate on October 28.

According to Tracy Johnston, Chair of the Colleton Center Board of Directors, Polo for the Point netted about $9,000 at last year’s event, and they are hoping this year will bring even more donations and participation. “The monies raised from Polo for the Point are vital to the preservation and restoration of the auditorium for the use of our community and surrounding areas,” Johnston says.

The Colleton Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide for the preservation and renovation of the historic Hampton Street Elementary School and for the development of an arts and civic center. Beginning in 2006, the Colleton County Courthouse created a temporary facility within the School, investing over $1,000,000 in infrastructure and interior space restoration. The Colleton County School District contributed to the the project by conveying the building to the Center at an affordable price. The Center then launched a capital campaign, which raised over $2,000,000 in grants, donations, pledges and in-kind contributions, which made additional major renovations possible.

“This event is open to one and all and we invite you to join us for a relaxing Sunday afternoon of Polo festivities” Johnston says.

For more information on Polo for the Point and the Colleton Center, please contact the Colleton Center office at P.O. Box 468, Walterboro, SC, 29488, 843-549-8360 or colletonctr@lowcountry.com.

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