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Wings Polo Classic


Article & photos by Tommy Brannon
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The Memphis Polo Club hosted a charity fund-raiser, intramural polo match on September 14, 2014 to benefit the Wings Foundation Wellness Program. This is the first year that The Wings Foundation has utilized the generosity of The Memphis Polo Club to raise funds. It was such a success that Keri Burnette, events coordinator for The Wings Foundation, said that they plan to repeat this fun event next season. 

The match was well-organized and well-attended on a sunny Sunday afternoon with temperatures in the 70s. Many of the spectators had never seen a live polo match. Many others were regulars at the polo grounds and were happy to share their knowledge of how the sport is played, as well as some of the training and riding techniques.

Alfredo Guerreno, Memphis Polo Club manager, organized a fast and exciting match, one team sponsored by IPS Corporation and the other by Raymond James.  Polo in the Memphis area is a family sport, with several of the players on both teams related. Brothers Jack and Bayard Erb played on opposing teams and Fargason Erb was the referee. When their mother Imogene Erb (Ms. Imo) was asked which team she was rooting for, she replied that she could not choose. She said that it was this way almost every week. Particularly observable teamwork was done by Bayard in the number 4 position and his daughter Connell Erb in the Number 1 position on the IBS team. She efficiently moved the ball downfield, setting up for a perfect goal shot.

 Sponsor Panera Bread provided food for the spectators and Huey’s restaurant provided drinks. The Mid-South Horse Review was a sponsor of the event, with other sponsors including Doris McLendon’s Fine Jewelry, Classic Party Rentals, West Cancer Center, Le Fleur, Temperature Inc., Fat Bastard, At Home, Desoto Magazine, The Memphis News, Q107.5, Path Forward, Southern Airways Express, Heath Fitness Magazine, Memphis Flyer, and Memphis City Magazine.

The Wings Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide “Hope, Education, Research and support without charge to those who are touched by cancer.”  Their programs include: individual and family group support, cancer specific Yoga and exercise, cancer specific nutrition counseling, partnering programs, pastoral care, patient workshops, a lending library, and many items that insurance and Medicare will not cover, such as wigs, breast prostheses, mastectomy bras and lymphedema garments.  Visit their website: 

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