PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, September 11, 2014

Girls Inc. Beneficiary of Women’s Polo Final Event

USPA-WTC Maria Caleel Women’s Polo Tournament
to Benefit Girls Inc.

Santa Barbara, CA (September 10, 2014) — Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara and Carpinteria are delighted to be the beneficiary of the 2014 USPA Jewelry by Gauthier Women’s Polo Tournament honoring Maria Caleel, scheduled for September 19th – 21stin Santa Barbara. Scott Gauthier, Owner/Designer of Jewelry by Gauthier, has created a custom white gold horseshoe pendant covered with a pave of diamonds for the winners of the tournament. The tournament Finals at 3:00 pm on Sunday, September 21st will be followed by an awards presentation and a silent auction where the net proceeds will benefit Girls Inc.

Doreen Ladin, Tournament Committee Chair and a Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara Board Member, has brought this sanctioned United States Polo Association and Women’s Championship Tournament event to Santa Barbara. This event will attract a stunning roster of the best women polo players from around the country to compete, including Sunny Hale, the highest-rated American woman player. Sunny was the first woman to ever compete on the winning team of the 2000 US Open Polo Championships. The finals will be played on the main field of the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club at 3:00 pm on Sunday. Attendance at all events is open to the public, and we welcome you. The entry fee for the finals will be waived at the gate for visitors who state they are attending the Girls Inc. event. For more information contact

Tournament Committee: Chair – Doreen Ladin (Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara Board Member), Claudia Uretz, Paige Beard (Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara Board Member), Melanja Jones, Ariana Nobel and Alison Hansen.

Girls Inc.’s mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Girls Inc. believes that every girl has the right to be herself and resist gender stereotypes; to express herself with originality and enthusiasm; to take risks, strive freely, and take pride in success; to accept and appreciate her body; to prepare for interesting work and economic independence; and that every girl should be valued for who she is. It is that spirit that makes Girls Inc. a grateful beneficiary of this Women’s Polo event, celebrating the development of a healthy, happy, physical life.

About Girls Inc.
Girls Incorporated of Greater Santa Barbara is an affiliate of a national non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Through educational programs and advocacy, Girls Inc. offers girls ages 4 ½ to 18 years the opportunity to participate in research-based programs in which they experience success as they acquire skills, gain confidence, become self-reliant, and practice leadership. Girls Inc. programs encourage girls and young women to take risks, master physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges, and prepare them to lead successful, independent and fulfilling lives. For more info, visit

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