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Polo match, auctions raise money for the Nave Museum (w/video)

March 22, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated March 21, 2014 at 10:22 p.m.

Molly Yoast, 5, of Victoria, shows Benton James and Kingston James, of Port Aransas, her stick horse at the Polo at McFaddin fundraiser for the Nave Museum. The event featured a polo match between McFaddin Ranch and No Le Hace.

Benton James didn't expect to be watching a polo match on his birthday.

James and his 1-year-old daughter, Kingston, made the trip from Port Aransas to attend the annual Polo at McFaddin fundraiser for the Nave Museum, 306 W. Commercial St.

"I wouldn't expect Victoria to have polo matches," James said, looking down at his daughter. "She's enjoying it, and that's what matters."

Polo at McFaddin is the Nave Museum's main annual fundraiser. The event features a polo match, live and silent auction and a kid's corral. Among the prizes given away were a chicken coop with chicks and a tea party for 20 at the home of Mary Carroll McCan.

The Nave Museum showcases Texas artists emphasizing local culture and traditions. Polo at McFaddin helps to fund the Nave's educational programs, helping to keep art alive in public schools. They provide art supplies, assistance to teachers for help with lesson plans and pay for featured artists to visit schools.

Eight players from across the state participated in Saturday's polo match at McFaddin Ranch, the main attraction of Saturday's fundraiser. One of those was Hawaii native Tiamo Hudspeth, 23, who was the only woman on the field. Hudspeth helped McFaddin Ranch in its 6-5 victory over No Le Hace.

Tina Wayne, a board member of the Nave Museum, helped organize Polo at McFaddin. Wayne said she was thankful for all the support organizers received for the museum and for Devereux Gardens, which donated the flowers and decorated the event.

"It's been a huge success," Wayne said.

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