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One weekend of the summer, a picture-perfect green field nestled in the middle of a Littleton neighborhood fills with people from across the metro area for the Denver Polo Classic. Under a giant white tent lined with crystal chandeliers, families and friends mingle over food and drink and watch polo games on an adjacent field, all while donating to a cause.“Even if you aren’t into polo, it appeals to everyone in different ways,” said Carla Finn, event director of Schomp BMW, title sponsor of the three-day event.The nation’s largest charitable polo tournament, the Denver Polo Classic racks in about $1 million per year for Denver Active 20-30s, a nonprofit of volunteers in their 20s and 30s who raise money for and support disadvantaged, at-risk youths.Held at the Polo Reserve, 4400 W. Mineral Ave., the weekend kicked off with a black tie dinner on June 23, followed by family day on June 24 and a polo championship on June 25.Reasons for attending the ticketed events differed among guests.Amy Sherman, president of Northwest Douglas County Economic Development Corp., was at family day with her 12-year-old twins and husband. She said she enjoyed the mix of food, pointing out colorful, bite-sized cupcakes.“It’s also fun to learn the game of polo,” Sherman said.Kristen Lee, of Highlands Ranch, sat at a table with her family while her son, 6-year-old Jameson, perched on the grass below, watching uniformed polo players on their ponies dart across the field.“The boys absolutely love the horses,” Lee said.
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