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Introducing: Polo Under the Palms

Introducing: Polo Under the Palms

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By Sarah Watson

As a co-chair of the inaugural Polo Under the Palms March 12 at the Sarasota Polo Club in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., Jamie Uihlein followed through on a commitment he made years ago to support the institution’s world-class research and patient care initiatives. In the process, he inspired 300 fellow Floridians to do the same, raising more than $150,000.

The day’s events included an action-packed polo match followed by a dinner of Old Florida cuisine and dancing to the Robert Williamson Band under a white tent decorated with, appropriately, dozens of palm trees. Joining Uihlein as co-chairs were his wife, Mary, and son and daughter-in-law James and Christie Uihlein.

That morning, MD Anderson held a free seminar, featuring John Mendelsohn, M.D., president of MD Anderson, and Randal Weber, M.D., chair of the Department of Head and Neck Surgery.  

In 2004, Uihlein was diagnosed with stage 2 tongue cancer. Today he’s cancer-free. He credits his positive outcome to the specialized care he received from Weber and team.

A portion of Polo Under the Palms proceeds is directed to the Uihlein Research Fund at MD Anderson.

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