Women’s polo event is back again


Action from the 2010 Helping Her Heal event. (Photo courtesy of Tall Trees)

The sixth annual Helping Her Heal Polo Event will take place on August 25 at the Hickory Hall Polo Club, 7545 E. 100 N. in Whitestown.

The event supports women who have been diagnosed with female cancers by helping them avoid financial crises, with assistance for practical, everyday needs such as utility bills, groceries, gas and the like. Helping Her Heal is a 501(c)(3), volunteer-driven charity established in 2006, and is based in Indianapolis. The organization identifies and assists women in need through local partners such as Wishard, IU Health, Little Red Door and others.

All proceeds go to charity.

“Our goal is twofold,” said Becky Pruitt-Lukovic, president of the event’s board. “One is to raise money to help local women, and the second is to raise awareness of the need to help those trying to survive cancer.”

The polo portion of the day is centered around a United States Polo Association match, to be contested by two teams of four players each. But there is so much more to see and do.

Children’s activities, a “Pretty Woman Award,” and the VIP box decorating contest are just a few of the other happenings.

“There is a great need for cancer research, but most local cancer fundraising events go to large cancer organizations and to people outside our communities,” Pruitt-Lukovic said. “People need to be aware that they can make a huge difference right here at home. It’s a true life pay-it-forward.”

General admission to Helping Her Heal is $10 per person, or $20 per carload at the gate. Sponsor polo boxes range from $200 to $500. There’s a bronze box with seating for 10, a table, signage, program recognition and emcee announcement is $200; the $300 silver box has improved field placement in addition to the bronze box, and the $500 gold box gets top billing.

For more information, go to www.helpingherheal.org.