Portrait Artist Robbi Firestone Partners with New Mexico Polo Club’s Wings for L.I.F.E. Event, a Fundraiser for Children Affected by Incarceration

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The New Mexico Polo Club Governor’s Cup will take place at the Santa Fe Equestrian Center, August 9-11. One hundred percent of the event’s proceeds benefit Wings for L.I.F.E. (Life Skills Imparted to Families through Education), and portrait artist Robbi Firestone will partner to support the fundraising efforts.

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My family hosted foster children when I was growing up. These children face tremendous difficulty. They deserve our support. I am thrilled to support this NM Polo Club Governor’s Cup which will offer 100% of proceeds to Wings for Life.

Polo has been part of New Mexico’s equestrian culture for a century, but August 9–11 marks its resurgence in Santa Fe at the capital city’s equestrian center, when the very first New Mexico Polo Club’s Governor’s Cup provides days of entertainment—and all for a worthy, heart-warming cause with a low entry fee: $25. Those present will play, attend socials, concerts, and the Denim and Diamonds gala, and bid on donated treasures at the auction.

“We have polo players from Argentina, Texas, Arizona, and Colorado,” says David Durham, an Albuquerque psychiatrist and polo player who sits on Wings for L.I.F.E.’s (an organization that helps disenfranchised kids with lives touched by incarceration) board of directors. “A lot of polo tournaments have a good cause behind them, but we’ve never had one in Santa Fe before.”

Durham, who grew up riding horses on a ranch, started playing polo three years ago.

He also became involved with Wings for L.I.F.E. because it aligned with his values both personally and professionally. Without intervention, children with an incarcerated parent are ten times more likely to become prisoners as adults; studies show that the only thing more stressful for a family than incarceration is death.

“The program offers after school and in-school programs that teach about life skills. We also offer counseling and back-to-school programs. We have programs to help parents transition, too. There are a lot of good people who got themselves in bad situations.”

Robbi Firestone learned of the Governor’s Cup benefit while taking polo lessons at the Santa Fe Equestrian Center. August 9th is also the opening of her exhibition at Casweck Gallery, The Spirit of Santa Fe, a series of portraits of people who exemplify the City Different’s enchantingly different spirit (from Judge Mike Vigil to NM Women in Film President, Linda McDill). She will donate 10% of each sale to the cause. “This is a powerful way to support the Spirit of Santa Fe at its most vulnerable,” says Firestone. “My family hosted foster children when I was growing up.These children face tremendous difficulty. They deserve our support. I am thrilled to support this NM Polo Club Governor’s Cup which will offer 100% of proceeds to Wings for Life.”

Casweck Gallery 203 W. Water St. in downtown Santa Fe features the works of renowned artist Ernest Chiriacka (1913-2010), known for his exquisite historical Western and Native American paintings, as well as his iconic work in the genres of Esquire pin-ups and pulp illustration. http://www.CasweckGalleries.com

Robbi Firestone is a fine art oil portrait artist known for her sought-after oil portrait commissions, called Spirit Capture Portraits, which deftly reflect subjects’ inner selves, and hopes and dreams, as well as the faces they show the world. Subjects include Michael Beckwith of bestselling book and film, “The Secret,” Bart Millard of best-selling band MercyMe and 3-time Grammy Winner, Keb'Mo'. Learn more about Spirit Capture Oil Portrait Commissions and Robbi Firestone’s work at http://www.RobbiFirestone.com/.

Debrianna Mansini
(505) 913-1435

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