Concorso Ferrari & Friends Farmington Polo Club 19-24 June, 2021

Crandall Yopp Jr.

Volume 46 Issue 15

Jul 17, 2021

Two different types of horses enjoy a post-COVID outing to raise money for the Hometown Foundation's Major Illness Pillar and Connecticut Children's

    The Farmington Polo Club in Connecticut is home to the Hometown Foundation, the Dream Ride Experience, and weekly competitive polo matches during the summer months.


    This venue never fails to find a way to incorporate some sort of horsepower into its events.


    Upon arrival to FPC, you might be greeted by a long list of various exotic cars, a fleet of majestic polo horses, or one of the many friendly staff members/attendees at each of the events.

 


    On Saturday, June 19, the Farmington Polo Club hosted the Concorso Ferrari polo match. Just before the start, a brief rainstorm rolled through the Farmington Valley, but it quickly subsided and didn’t stop the players or Ferraris from showing out for the crowds.


    Team Dream Ride played a fast-paced, high-scoring match against Team Ferrari during the fundraising weekend. Team Dream Ride won the match with a score of 17-14.


    The match was surrounded by tailgating attendees, stunning Italian automobiles, a wide variety of food trucks, and live music under the V.I.P. tent.

 


    Concorso Ferrari & Friends, an event attracting car enthusiasts and Connecticut Children’s supporters took place on Sunday, June 20, at the Farmington Polo Grounds in Farmington. Founded in 2001 by Stanley Cohen, it is the signature automobile event in Connecticut and draws Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Alfa Romeos and Fiats. One of the Ferraris in attendance this year was a 599 XX.

 


    The event was open to the public, and all proceeds went toward the Greatest Need Children’s Fund at Conn  ecticut Children’s Hospital. The co-chairs this year were Charlie Vest, Juri Korowitz and Max Silverman.


    Over the past 20 years, Concorso Ferrari & Friends has been hosted at the Connecticut State Capitol and West Hartford Center. This signature event has raised more than $1.4 million in the past for Connecticut Children’s.


    In 2019, the event raised more than $200,000 to support the new Infusion & Outpatient Dialysis Centers at Connecticut Children’s. In 2020, despite canceling the event because of COVID-19, Concorso Ferrari & Friends raised over $65,000 for the Greatest Need Children’s Fund.


    One of the items up for bid this year was a handmade Ferrari sign donated by Capozzi’s Custom Car Line, Inc. The sign is 100 percent hand-crafted and ideal for a garage or man cave.

 


    This year the Farmington Polo Club did its part to help continue the tradition. The event raised $315,000, and the proceeds will benefit Hometown Foundation’s Major Illness Pillar and Connecticut Children’s.


    The funds raised will directly support the Foundation’s on-going initiatives, bring children with a major illness to be a part of The Dream Ride Experience, and the donation of the essential medical equipment will assist toward the hospital’s continuing efforts to provide sustainable enhancements that offer performance optimization and increased survival rates for premature children.