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Alumni job network expands SkidBiz is on the grow
Best-ever year in giving Zankel and other gifts send giving through the roof
Equestrians jump for joy and philanthropy Skidmore Saratoga horse show makes it mark
Club connection Philly, D.C., Boston
Polo gala charms donors Palamountain benefit brings in scholarship aid
Community builders Sussmans honored for gift of hospitality

 

Polo gala charms donors

Tradition and novelty joined forces at “Polo by Twilight,” the college’s Palamountain Scholarship benefit, in July. The event drew 550 guests to share in the custom of stomping the hoof-cut divots back in place between chukkers, and in the live and silent auctions, the gourmet food, and the social festivities. New this year was a “Polo 101” course that Anne Palamountain and the other organizers arranged for early arrivers. The auctions featured Taking Flight— a six-foot-tall horse sculpture painted by Ashley Halsey ’07 as part of a Saratoga-wide arts project—which sold for $10,000 to Saratoga philanthropist Marylou Whitney and husband John Hendrickson. Other auction items ranged from designer jewelry to a week’s stay at a Wyoming ranch owned by Stephen “Ward” Dominick ’89. And all in aid of a good cause: approximately $250,000 was added to the Palamountain scholarship fund, which is assisting more than twenty Skidmore students this fall. —SR