On Sunday, July 27th, A Boston Blazer teamed up with Myopia Hunt and Polo Club to host a fundraiser in support of the Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center (VIC) at Massachusetts General Hospital. The theme of the day was “The Thomas Crown Affair” – more or less an early 1960’s vibe. For those of you that don't know, the original Thomas Crown Affair (featuring Steve McQueen) was filmed at Myopia way back when.
The event was held field-side at the USA vs. Argentina international test match, hosted by the United States Polo Association and featuring some of the best young American players from around the country.
In typical fashion, a serious front of weather rolled in right before the match was scheduled to begin. Beers sat quietly on ice and nervous expressions passed over the faces of those of us with something to lose. Sometime after three, the clouds slowly began to part and the sun peeked its way through the darkness. Despite a slightly (very) soggy field, the game rolled on, trimmed down to a slightly more manageable four chukkas.
As the sun hit its stride, the crowds rolled in. Young women and men, dressed in their best 1960s garb, threw back cocktails as beads of water rolled down the high-ball glasses in the afternoon sun. The afternoon of rain was replaced by the sizzling smells of a local butcher shop sponsoring the afternoon.
All in all, the day was a remarkable success. We fundraised just shy of $10,000 in support of the research conducted by VIC while simultaneously draining a considerable amount of Tanqueray. You can bet we’ll be back for a bigger, and better, round two next year.
Thanks to Sam Shorr for the photos from Sunday’s event.