Philanthropy

Modern Dandy: Lawyer John Faricy pairs philanthropy with style at the Polo Classic

Faricy’s charity work goes beyond the Polo Classic. He’s been on a number of boards for Twin Cities nonprofits over the years, including the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, on which he currently serves. His legal work also has a philanthropic bent, as his firm specializes in helping individuals and businesses to sue insurance companies that refuse to pay for a claim. For example, he’s represented, pro bono, a family of Ghanian immigrants whose home on the north side was damaged in a fire. “It may not be the biggest claim in the world,” he says, “but we might take it just to make a point. Part of the reason for insurance is to protect the public, so we think of what we do as something of a public service.”

Minnesota Monthly: Classic Style at the Twin Cities Polo Classic

Minnesota Monthly: Classic Style at the Twin Cities Polo Classic

It’s somewhat ironic that the annual Polo Classic is one of Minnesota’s most stylish events of the year. After all, it’s a sporting event involving a muddy field, horses, and jockeys, and one that is rooted in British tradition--hardly the makings of a Minnesota tradition. But after years of hearing from friends about how the event is a must on the style-inclined’s social calendar, I decided to see for myself what the fuss was all about.