Please join us for a fantastic Day of Enjoyment In Support of The Toronto Commandery Hospice!
Directions From Toronto
You will be met by an attendant for registration check before parking your car and entering the event area.
It 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.
In 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.
While 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.
Dr. Sheldon Berger
Robert F. Richards
Peter D. Russel
Philip & Martha Russel
Mrs. Zina Russel
The Alcorn Salon
A. Robert Murphy Architect Inc.
The Art of Pudding
Devil's Glen Country Club
DFC Auto Group
The Georgian Bay Club
International Web Development (IWD)
La Vita Glam
John & Phyllis Lill
Karen Silver Make-up
Kate Ward Designs
Lindt & Sprungli Don Mills
peiker acustic GmbH & Co
Dr. Sandy Pritchard
Philip & Martha Russel
Jill & David Veale
Ian Carlsen - Co Chair
Philip Russel - Co Chair
Matey Nedkov- Co Chair
Deb Lewis - Co Chair
Alexandra von Schroeter
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:
If you would like to sponsor the event or discuss opportunities:
|Phil Russelfirstname.lastname@example.org or
416.421.4243 during business hours