Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Back in town

Central Park. 2:00 PM. Photo: JH.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Another warm and sunny day, yesterday in New York with temperatures in the low 70s last night and the weatherman predicting much warmer temperatures (80s) and thunderstorms today and tomorrow.

There was nothing of note on the calendar to be covered and from the looks of it there won’t be until the beginning of next week, and then just briefly, because of the Fourth of July holiday. Many will be leaving town for a very long weekend (or even vacation) by next Wednesday.
Hudson River, 11 AM. Photo: JH.
This past Sunday, June 22nd June in far off Gloucestershire, UK, the Goldin Group Charity Polo Cup 2014 took place at the Beaufort Polo Club sponsored, by Goldin Group and its Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club. The Piaget and Royal Salute teams battled it out on the famous Beaufort Polo Club field in Tetbury. Piaget brought home a victory, with a close score of seven goals to five and a half.

The event had two very special guests - HRH Prince Henry of Wales playing for Piaget, and HRH The Duke of Cambridge – otherwise known to Americans as Harry and William (or Wills) playing for Royal Salute.
Piaget team's Facundo Pieres and Royal Salute team's HRH The Duke of Cambridge go head to head in the Goldin Group Charity Polo Cup.
The two princes took part in the game in aid of their chosen charities -- Household Cavalry Foundation, Irish Guards Appeal Fund, RFU Injured Players Foundation and Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust.

The players for Piaget were:  Corinne Ricard (0), Prince Harry (1), Facundo Pieres (10), and  John Fisher (4)

The Royal Salute team:  Tommy Kato (-1), Luis Escobar, (7) Malcolm Borwick (6), and HRH The Duke of Cambridge (1)
HRH Prince Henry of Wales plays for the Piage team.
This display of sportsmanship drew a crowd of more than 2,000. They were treated to sensational match played by the Princes and some of the best polo players in the world. The day culminated with the Piaget Team and world-class player, Facundo Pieres (of the Ellerstina Piaget and also a World Polo Ambassador for Royal Salute) leading his team, which also included female player Corinne Ricard, to a triumphant victory.

This year marks the 140th anniversary of Piaget which has maintained a strong heritage with polo spanning more than three decades.
The Prize Presentation at the Goldin Group Charity Polo Day.
Back in town. Yesterday morning many New Yorkers awoke to the very sad email message that Rodman (Rod) Drake had died the night before, in his sleep, surrounded by his family at his apartment on Park Avenue. Rod had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three and a half months before. He had undergone some treatment and been hospitalized recently. Although his friends all knew of his illness, yesterday was the day that he had planned to host a birthday party for his wife Jackie at their home.

Jackie and Rod in 2013.
A graduate of Yale, Class of ’65, he received his B.A. in Latin American Studies, and later acquired an MBA at Harvard Business School. Investment advisor, consultant, investor, board member, a passionate collector of American illustration art and a Dog’s Best Friend (he’d served as a Director of the Animal Medical Center), in the following almost five decades from his graduation at Yale, Rod had served on many corporate boards, as well funds and investment groups.

The father of two sons by his first wife, he was a friend to many (including  lifelong friendships with his suitemates from Yale. He and Jackie, author and biographer, the former Jacqueline Bograd Weld, married in December 1998 in a ceremony in Jackie’s apartment before 30 guests and Rod’s dog, Vasco de Gama.

Their friend Susan Cheever who attended, described the couple to the New York Times, “She’s like a parrot, and he’s like an owl. She’s very colorful and flamboyant, and he’s solid and sweet and wise. And he goes out a night, which she requires.”

It was a good one. The marriage to Jackie also brought him a social life, which Cheever referred to. Jackie is very active philanthropically, particularly with Casita Maria. Rod had previously been one of those who tended to stay close to the hearth when not working. A few years ago, they bought a house in Palm Beach for winter weekends and vacations, which went along with the active social life he took on his new marriage.

The Funeral is planned for Tuesday July 1st at 2:30 pm at The General Theological Seminary of The Episcopal Church at 440 West 21st Street (between Ninth and Tenth Avenues).

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