AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. -- More than 1,000 people turned out for the 9th Annual Cobra Polo Classic Sunday - the largest fundraising event of the year for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane.
The event is billed as the largest charity polo match west of the Mississippi. The Polo Classic was scheduled from 12-4 p.m. at the Spokane Polo Club in Airway Heights. For the first time in its nine-year history, the event sold out in 2013. More than 1,000 people turned out Sunday afternoon.
“We just love coming here and seeing all the great dresses and hats and giving to a great cause," said Susan Price.
The Cobra Polo Classic has brought in over $2 million since it began in 2004. Ronald McDonald House Spokane provides a “home away from home” for approximately 700 families each year with children who are receiving medical treatment in Spokane.
The centerpiece of the Cobra Polo Classic is a world-class polo match, featuring five professional polo players from around the country as well as three local players.
RMHC staff projected that this year's Cobra Polo Classic would bring in nearly $400,000. All proceeds from the event stay in Spokane to help families and children in the region.