Annual Charity Polo and Jazz Event to Benefit Black Mental Health Alliance

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The 6th Annual Celebrity Charity Polo and Jazz Event presented by Grandiosity Events will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Congressional Polo Club in Poolesville. A portion of the proceeds is allocated for Black Mental Health Alliance.

Black Mental Health Alliance is a non-profit organization that provides “services that support the health and well-being of Black people and their communities,” according to the its website.

Christina B. Johnson, founder of Standard Wellness Maryland, will serve as the mistress of ceremonies for the fundraising event. Johnson emphasized the struggles that communities of color face when addressing mental wellness.

“In Black and Brown communities, we’re in the midst of a mental health crisis,” Johnson said. “Black women and men are less likely than their white peers to seek out therapy and pursue the help that we need for mental wellness.”

Black Mental Health Alliance hosts programs and trainings that address racism and mental health stigma. The organization also matches individuals with licensed mental health professionals, according to its website.

“I think the non-profit that we’re working with will essentially serve as a conduit for people who need services and people who provide services that are critical to our community’s health and wellness,” Johnson said.

The 6th Annual Celebrity Charity Polo and Jazz Event is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and includes jazz music performances, vendors, and polo matches. Actress LisaRaye McCoy — known more commonly as just LisaRaye — will host the event.

General admission tickets are available for $150, plus additional fees. Grandiosity Events organized the event in partnership with over 20 sponsors, according to the company’s press release.

The event will be hosted at the Congressional Polo Club located at 14660 Hughes Road in Poolesville.

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