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From our Friends at Polo for Heart: Fashion and Equestrian Events for a Good Cause

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Polo For Heart, the largest charity polo event in Canada, is joining with 
Fashion Group International (FGI) this year, to
present world class polo games with players from Argentina, United States
and Canada on June 19 , 20 and 21. FGI, a global, non-profit, professional
organization with 5,000 members and a pre-eminent authority on the fashion
business, will be supporting Polo For Heart by having a major corporate
presence at Sunday's games. The weekend festivities will kick-off Thursday
with "Polo Under the Stars", a glitzy celebration where polo will be played
in the evening. Tickets and tables for Polo For Heart and for "Polo Under
the Stars" can be purchased on line at www.poloforheart.org
<http://www.poloforheart.org/>. 

This year, proceeds from Polo For Heart will help the Heart and Stroke
Foundation support research at St. Michael's Hospital by financing studies
such as one that examines the relationship between heart disease and other
illnesses. For example, because there is a strong relationship between
kidney disease and heart disease, there is a need for a better treatment for
kidney disease that does not increase the risk of heart disease. This
research will hopefully lead to a new type of dialysis that is more
effective than conventional dialysis. In addition, a Magnetic Resonance
Imaging (MRI) study will examine the relationship between diabetes and heart
disease, which is often associated with kidney disease, and an aging
population. Funds will also be allocated to the Southlake Regional Health
Centre Foundation for the expansion of its Heart Rhythm Program. Southlake's
Heart Rhythm Program is one of the busiest in the province but the current
facilities are at full capacity and cannot meet the demand of the community.
Funds raised through Polo For Heart will help Southlake make critical
renovations and expansions to services and infrastructure, to continue to
support the over 10,000 cardiac patients that are treated at Southlake every
year. Since Polo For Heart's inception, more than $6 million has been raised
for heart and stroke related charities. 

Polo For Heart is delighted to welcome back its title sponsor, the Bank of
Montreal. Five-star luxury hotel Ritz-Carlton is again hosting the Polo
Pavilion, where guests will be treated to gourmet food and wine. Other major
sponsors, whose contributions to this unique event are greatly appreciated,
include Cadillac Fairview, Graywood Developments, Mercedes-Benz Downtown,
VRG Capital, Canaccord, Norton Rose, the Grange of Prince Edward Winery,
Miele, Mayfair Clubs, York Regional Media Group, Cameron's Brewing, TAG
Vodka, Shop.ca and Purina. For a fourth year, Lloyd Robertson has been named
as Honorary Chair of the Polo For Heart Executive Committee. 

Polo For Heart will be held at the Toronto Polo Club in Richmond Hill at
13401 Leslie Street. Each day of the three-day event from 11:30 AM to 4:00
PM, guests will be treated to two international polo matches, a silent on
line auction, charming boutiques and daily half time entertainment, which
includes the Canadian Cowgirls, a formation riding team, which has dazzled
audiences across North America. Guests can also visit The BMO Kids Zone and
the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Polo Pavilion and can participate in the
traditional champagne divot stomp, polo picnics and the best hat contests. 

"The Toronto Polo Club is extremely pleased to be a major participant in the
36th year of Polo For Heart and to welcome Fashion Group International to
this event. We are proud to present world class polo games and welcome
players from other counties to this international equestrian event. We are
delighted to continue to contribute to the on-going success of the Heart and
Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Southlake Regional Health Centre
Foundation and help them attain their objectives," said Derek Watchorn, Polo
For Heart Event Chair. 

"The Heart and Stroke Foundation is dedicated to helping Canadians live
heart-healthy lives, and our volunteers and donors are key to accomplishing
that," said Tom McAllister, CEO, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Ontario. "The
funds generated by Polo For Heart will be invested in research at St.
Michael's Hospital and in the use of an MRI as a tool to better select
patients for heart valve surgery. Through such initiatives we hope to
discover new ways of treating heart disease and stroke and help create more
survivors." 

"We greatly appreciate the continued generous contributions from Polo For
Heart, which will be used to expand the Heart Rhythm Program. The demand for
our Heart Rhythm Program exceeds our current capacity and we need to add to
the existing facilities to meet the demand generated by community," said
Neila Poscente, President and CEO, Southlake Regional Health Centre
Foundation. "I wish to express my gratitude to Polo For Heart for their
leadership and commitment to healthcare for this community. With the funding
from the Polo For Heart event and contributions from our community, we will
soon be able to accommodate more people in our Heart Rhythm Program." 

SOURCE: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

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