PORTSMOUTH, R.I. \u2014 The 2019 Newport International Polo Series organizers are pleased to announce a highlight of the 2019 polo season in Newport, the 19th\u00a0annual International Polo Charity Ball.\n\nThe 19th\u00a0annual International Polo Charity Ball, entitled\u00a0Diamonds Are Forever,\u00a0will be held at Marble House in Newport on Friday,\u00a0Aug. 2,\u00a0when the\u00a0South African Polo Team\u00a0will be the guests of honor.\nThe annual sell-out event draws more than 400 generous and fun-loving attendees each year.\nAttendees are invited to make a red carpet entrance with James Bond style in black tie glam, frosted in diamonds, and themed formalwear for a night inspired by the Ian Fleming film and South African\u00a0culture.\nAttendees will also welcome the international guests of honor, the\u00a0South African Polo Team, and support the 2019 beneficiary, which will be announced soon.\nGala Tickets are available online only at\u00a0www.nptpolo.com, and are in high demand again for the popular event.\nThe much anticipated evening will begin with a pre-gala cocktail meet and greet with the South African Polo Team - then on to the main event at the famed Marble House mansion, designed for high caliber social events, where\u00a0an enchanting panorama of gardens and twilight ocean views will be matched by enticing\u00a0hors-d'oeuvres, specialty themed cocktails,\u00a0and exclusive Silent Auction showcase in which a carefully curated collection of unique items and exclusive opportunities will be offered for the highest bidder.\nGuests will enjoy a seated gourmet dinner where live musical entertainment will set the tone, and a whirlwind Live Auction\u00a0will offer up the night's crown jewels. Under the spell of the orchestra, desserts and dancing will ensue til the stroke of midnight.\nThe Skybar dance floor, atop Newport's iconic Clarke Cooke\u00a0House,\u00a0will receive gala goers for the odyssey's finale.\nWith 19 years and counting, the International Polo Charity Ball is the social highlight of the polo season.\u00a0 The weekend\u2019s festivities continue the next day when the South African Polo team, one of USA\u2019s most challenging rivals this year, takes to the field to compete against USA in the\u00a0Newport International Polo Series\u00a0on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 5pm.\u00a0 The match concludes with an authentic New England Lobsterbake prepared by legendary bake masters from\u00a0McGrath Clambakes.\u00a0 For all upcoming events, visit the\u00a0Schedule\/Tickets\u00a0section of the polo website and\u00a0Sign up\u00a0to a private & secure emailing to receive event updates.\nNewport Polo\u2019s annual charity ball has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years to support local nonprofit organizations.\u00a0 While a decision is soon forthcoming, nominations for gala beneficiary may still be submitted for consideration.\u00a0 For Sponsorship opportunities or Auction donations for the 2019 gala and auction, please direct inquiries to\firstname.lastname@example.org.\nAbout Marble\u00a0House:\u00a0\u00a0Marble House was commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt, designed by Richard Morris Hunt, and completed in 1892.\u00a0 The house was inspired the Petit Trianon at Versailles, built at a reported cost of $11 million,\u00a0of which $7 million was spent on 500,000 cubic feet of marble.\u00a0 Alva Vanderbilt was a leading hostess in Newport society and envisioned Marble House as her "temple to the arts" in America.\u00a0 Marble House instantly became the social and architectural landmark of Newport, ushering its transformation to a luxury Gilded Age resort. Today, Marble House is a premier property of the Preservation Society of Newport County.\nAbout Newport Polo:\u00a0\u00a0Newport Polo\u00a0is the host of the Newport International Polo Series and the home of the Westchester Polo Club, America's first polo club, offering exhibition polo and club member services for outdoor & arena polo, and polo instruction. Est. in 1876, founding member of the\u00a0United States Polo Assoc.\n2019 Charitable Initiatives:\u00a0\u00a0In addition to the annual Charity Ball, Newport Polo will host two annual\u00a0Benefit Polo Matches\u00a0on May 25th and July 14th,\u00a0offering fundraising opportunities to participating 501-c-3 organizations.\u00a0Since its inception, Newport Polo has helped raise over\u00a0$1,400,000\u00a0for civic and charitable causes.\u00a0\u00a0Initiatives include the International Polo Charity Ball, special benefit matches, and countless ticket donations to the Newport International Polo Series.