A great event at the Greenwich Polo Club – which was founded in 1981 by local businessman and art collector Peter Brant – kicks off Augest 31 with the Virginia’s House of Hope Charity match from noon to 5 p.m.

This is the second annual “Benefit of Hope” and will feature an open bar, tastings, entertainment and the time-honored tradition of halftime divot stomping, all in support of the charity’s Tugboat Program, which provides qualified candidates from underprivileged backgrounds with a career start in the maritime industry. (After the three-week program, each student is certified to work as a tugboat deckhand, which could ultimately lead to becoming a captain with a six-figure salary. House of Hope guarantees that each graduate is hired.) Tickets are $350 VIPs, $250 individuals, $50 children ages 11-15. Children 10 and under are admitted free.  For more, visit http://virginiashouse.weebly.com