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Polo by Twilight is as entrancing and elegant an event as the name conjures up: polo ponies galloping in the dwindling sunlight, a happy crowd dressed to the nines (and sometimes more), women and men sporting hats of all kinds, and plenty of good food and drink. Best of all, the August gala always raises large sums of money for the Palamountain Scholarships at Skidmore.
I talk a lot about Skidmore connections—links to our friends and professors, to other alumni and students, to parents and future students. And this event brings all of those Skidmore communities together, along with many leading Saratogians.
Former Skidmore first lady Anne Palamountain began it all, and this year, on its twenty-fifth anniversary, Skidmore’s board of trustees awarded her the Lucy Skidmore Scribner Medal, which honors those whose character and deeds reflect the founder’s vision: selfless dedication to others, a capacity to imagine creative solutions, and a deep commitment to community. Anne Palamountain is indeed a treasure, who herself exemplifies the Skidmore community: an honorary alumna who was awarded an honorary doctorate and an outstanding service award,
At the ever-popular Palamountain gala, generous alumni, professors, parents, and friends donate items to auction off: a backstretch tour at Saratoga Race Course, a safari in Africa, hand-crafted art jewelry, a cocktail cruise on a classic wooden boat on Lake George, two tickets for prime seats at a Notre Dame vs. Boston College game, a round of golf with top jockey Jerry Bailey, even Krispy Kreme gift certificates. The Saratoga community is also generous with its support, including providing the polo field. Skidmore staff (present and former) work long hours leading up to the big event. That day, they’re on the job from early morning until after dark. Smiles never leave their faces.
We do all this for students: so far, Palamountain Scholarships have aided about 100. Representing the Palamountain scholars this year at the benefit was David Williamson '04, a double major in computer science and environmental studies (and one of the students who rescued a woman from her burning car last year).
Thanks to record-breaking proceeds from this year’s polo gala, the Palamountain Scholarship fund now tops $4 million and will help even more students in the next twenty-five years.
Thank you, Anne.
—Beverly Harrison Miller '67,
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