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Sunday, September 13, 2015
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Gormley Polo Centre

Please join us for a fantastic Day of Enjoyment In Support of The Toronto Commandery Hospice!

  • Elegantly casual Black and White theme!
  • Liona Boyd will be opening the event with by singing "Canada My Canada" - Click here to watch the video
  • Witness the breaking of a Guinness World Record!
    Click here to watch the video
  • See the GGHG Cavalry Demonstration
  • Enjoy Lunch and Champagne with Friends
  • Silent and Live Auction plus Art Show!
  • Watch exciting polo… and more!

Find us
13401 Leslie Street

Directions From Toronto

  • Take Hwy. 404 north to Bloomington Sideroad
  • Take Bloomington Sideroad west (beneath Hwy 404) to the first set of lights at Leslie Street
  • Take Leslie Street south (turn left) and proceed to 13401 Leslie Street
  • The entrance is opposite Diamondback Golf Club
  • Take the long gravel driveway to the polo field.

You will be met by an attendant for registration check before parking your car and entering the event area.


A Little History

Polo for Palliative CareIt all started at Matey Nedkov’s birthday party.  Matey and Christopher Wright were taking up polo and as the evening went on, a group of friends (including Ian Carlsen, Phil Russel and Howard Flood) started to wonder about how they could turn their enjoyment of polo into a fund raising event.

Coincidentally, all were both members of The Toronto Commandery of The Order of Saint Lazarus, an ancient, international Order devoted, in Canada, to palliative care.  The Order had an annual ball in the spring called the Emerald Ball, so an Emerald Chukker, dedicated to supporting palliative care was named that night.

Polo for Palliative CareIn 1999, the first Emerald Chukker was held at Gormley Polo Field, with a little help from members of the Toronto Polo Club!  It was a success, and so was born an annual, volunteer driven event!

For the first few years, funds raised by the Emerald Chukker were distributed to various charities or programs in the Toronto area.

In 2004, members of The Toronto Commandery saw the growing societal need for hospice palliative care in Toronto. Its population was rising and aging and the number of end-of-life beds or services were in short supply.  The Toronto Commandery Hospice, Inc., a new corporation was formed to try to address this need by building a residential hospice that would be part of a Centre of Excellence to provide a number of services such as visiting hospice, residential hospice, bereavement and more.

Polo for Palliative CareWhile the name of the event started was the Emerald Chukker, which reflected The Order, from the beginning it was also referred to as Polo For Palliative Care to reflect its purpose.

Although started by members of The Order, many of the long time or episodal volunteers and most of the attendees of the event are not members of the Order, so while Emerald Chukker remains a bit of history, it is less emphasized today.  In 2015, the committees decided to re-brand the event as Black and White Polo, with all funds raised from sponsorship and donations to go to The Toronto Commandery Hospice.

Polo for Palliative Care

Champagne Sabring 2014

Demonstration by The Governor General's Horse Guards Cavalry

The Governor Generals Horse Guards Cavalry

Click here to visit the site

Liona Boyd will be opening the event by singing "Canada My Canada"

Click here to download the lyrics

Sincere Thanks to Our Sponsors,
Supporters and Volunteers


CGOV Asset Management
The Case for Wine Importing Quality and Jean Remy Rapeneau
Medcan Clinic
Rouge River Chocolate Co.

Corporate Tables

Craig D. Butler, BA, EPC, Investment Advisor
Cumberland Private Wealth Management


Dr. Sheldon Berger
Ann Medina
Oakhaven Investments
Robert F. Richards
Peter D. Russel
Philip & Martha Russel
Mrs. Zina Russel
Ernst Schell

Live & Silent Auction Donors

The Alcorn Salon
A. Robert Murphy Architect Inc.
The Art of Pudding
Liona Boyd
Marcel Bregstein
Fotini Copeland
Devil's Glen Country Club
DFC Auto Group
The Georgian Bay Club
Hobson Grace
Radka Hanakova
Brenda Hoffert
International Web Development (IWD)
La Vita Glam
John & Phyllis Lill
Karen Silver Make-up
Kate Ward Designs
Lindt & Sprungli Don Mills
Mirvish Productions
Steve Paikin
peiker acustic GmbH & Co
Dr. Sandy Pritchard
Ross Reynolds
Philip & Martha Russel
Alexander Sennecke
Derek Sifton
Jill & David Veale
Tim Wood


Polo For Palliative Care Committee

Ian Carlsen - Co Chair
Philip Russel - Co Chair

Mary Card
Rick Firth
John Libby
Ann Mayall
Matey Nedkov
Martha Russel
Walter Samsoneko
Peter Schaal
Sue Schaal

Black and White Committee

Matey Nedkov- Co Chair
Deb Lewis - Co Chair

Dennis Bernhard
Marcel Bregstein
Maryanne Colin
Karen Gruson
Mary Lee
Alexandra von Schroeter
Alexander Sennecke
Katherine Swick

Special Thanks For Their Contribution To The Event

Chev. Marcel Bregstein
John Libby and John A. Libby Fine Art
The Governor General's Horse Guards Cavalry and Historical Society

contact us

Hopefully, most of your questions or links to answers are already posted somewhere on the Black and White Polo site, but...

If you have questions about the event:

Ian Carlsen tsp@rogers.com
Phil Russel philip.russel@gmail.com


If you would like to sponsor the event or discuss opportunities:

Phil Russel philip.russel@gmail.com or
416.421.4243 during business hours

If you would like to buy tickets or a table:

Tickets and tables can be purchased securely through the site:


If you still have questions, contact:

Anna Lecoche tickets@blackandwhitepolo.org or
416.304.1477 ext. 22 during business hours