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2024 International Gay Polo Tournament Set to Return to Wellington

GPL Polotini Wigstock

One of Wellington’s most anticipated events of the Spring season is one that welcomes individuals from around the world for a weekend of vibrant fun! The annual fete, the International Gay Polo Tournament (GPL), inspires awareness for inclusiveness and equality, is one of the most colorful events to take over Wellington, and takes place April 4-6 at the Patagones Polo Club. This event will once again create a culture of togetherness, equality, and high fashion, to inspire and empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in sports and beyond.

Back again as title sponsor is Lexus, known for its commitment to luxury, innovation, amazing experiences and supporting organizations that are making impactful change for diverse communities around the world.

The robust itinerary for the weekend will feature the annual Players Welcome Reception (by invitation) on Thursday, April 4, the wildly popular GPL Polotini Wigstock party on Friday, April 5 featuring cocktails, light bites, a themed wig contest (wigs always highly encouraged for this event!) and a fabulous drag show that will captivate audiences. The International Gay Polo Tournament  is proud to announce its partnership with the Elton John AIDS Foundation for its Polotini Wigstock. This unique fundraiser is set to elevate the three-day affair, not only as a highlight of Wellington’s social calendar, but as a beacon of hope and inclusivity for the global LGBTQ+ community.

GPL Polotini Wigstock

A portion of ticket sales from the tournament will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation, an international leader in the global fight against AIDS. GPL aims to harness the power of community and sport to raise critical funds and awareness for the Foundation’s lifesaving efforts. Last year, the Foundation launched The Rocket Fund to turbo charge their innovative work, targeting those most at risk of HIV/AIDS, including the LGBTQ+ community. Through this partnership, the GPL further solidifies its commitment to fostering an environment of inclusivity, while contributing towards a cause that makes a positive impact in the lives of millions of people.

GPL Polotini Wigstock! promises to be an unforgettable night where sport meets spectacle, all in support of the mission to end AIDS. Guests can expect an evening filled with glamour, entertainment, and the spirit of giving, perfectly capturing the essence of both organizations’ dedication to making a difference.

Saturday, April 6 is reserved for the “main event” tournament and tailgate competition where players from around the world will compete during both The Senator’s Cup and The Founders Cup. Spectators and friends are invited to participate in the always popular tailgate competition. Tailgaters are already dreaming up their whimsical tablescapes and decor in preparation for the fun-spirited competitiveness that lines the polo field, with each tailgate becoming its own experience that collectively contributes to the overall flare and exhilaration of the day. Coveted awards for Best in Show, Best Cuisine, Best Cocktail, Best Single Tailgate, and Best Multiple Tailgate are up for grabs. All in attendance are anxiously waiting to see what themes tailgaters will bring to this years’ competition.

“While this event is a fun and competitive one, it is the desire for equality that pushes us to do more each year,” shared founder of The Gay Polo League, Chip McKenney. “We are excited about the new components this year that we will be announcing soon and are forever grateful for the unwavering commitment of Lexus for doing all they can do enact change.”

The Lexus International Gay Polo Tournament is open to all. To experience the excitement, or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.gaypolo.com. For additional info, please contact Chip@gaypolo.com.

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