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2012 Skating with the Stars Gala



Figure Skating in Harlem student Crystal Burgess reads a letter from First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2012 Skating with the Stars Gala at Wollman Rink, Central Park, New York City.  Standing with Ms. Burgess is Figure Skating in Harlem Founder & Executive Director Sharon Cohen, and on the red carpet (from left-right) are:  Scott Hamilton, Tamara Tunie, Soledad O’Brien, Kimberly and Stephen Bollenbach, Candace Matthews,
Allison Schneirov Fisch
, and Donald Trump.

Behind them are Tina and Terry Lundgren (center) and a who’s who from the world of figure skating including Evan Lysacek, Sasha Cohen, Tanith Belbin, Tara Lipinski, Joannie Rochette, Sarah Hughes, Paul Wylie, Meryl Davis & Charlie White, and others. Photo by: Ben Solomon




2012 Skating with the Stars Gala raises approximately 700K to support
 innovative educational and fitness programs


(April, 2012) -- Figure Skating in Harlem ( announced that its Skating with the Stars2012 gala honoring international fashion designer Vera Wang and dynamic Figure Skating in Harlem patron Ellen Lowey is expected to raise approximately $700,000.  Harlem artist and entrepreneur Rhonda Ross, accompanied by her mother, the legendary Diana Ross, received the Star Leadership Award. This one-of-a-kind benefit event was held on Monday, April 2, 2012, at Wollman Rink in Central Park. First Lady Michelle Obama sent a letter to be read on her behalf.

The money raised goes to support Figure Skating in Harlem’s (FSH) innovative academics and fitness program for underserved girls, transforming the lives of these 6-18 year-olds and helping them to grow in confidence, leadership, and academic success. Through its unique programming, FSH empowers young girls by combining educational, artistic, and fitness opportunities through the discipline of skating. “FSH is a vital resource for girls in some of the most under-served communities in New York City.  We are continuing to expand our programs as we plan for a future home ice rink of our own with state-of-the-art educational facilities to anchor in the community,” said FSH Founder & Executive Director Sharon Cohen.

Joining more than 600 guests for a festive night of ice skating, autographs, photos, and more were top fashion designers Vera Wang, Kenneth Cole, and B Michael, business moguls Donald Trump, Terry Lundgren, and Stephen Bollenbach, and television personalities including Soledad O’Brien, Tamara Tunie, Jake T. Austin, Rebecca Budig, BD Wong, Harry Smith, and more. Also showing their support were Kevin & Dani Jonas, Emme, New York Rangers legend Rod Gilbert, and Celebrity Apprentice stars Dee Snider and Dayana Mendoza.. An inaugural gala dinner celebrating 15 years of FSH was held at The Central Park Boathouse following the skating portion of the night.

Throughout the evening, guests skated with Olympic legend Scott Hamilton, reigning Olympic Champion Evan Lysacek, and many more Olympic and world-class skaters including Olympic Champions Sarah Hughes and Tara Lipinski, Sasha Cohen (Olympic Silver Medalist), Todd Eldredge (World Champion), Tanith Belbin (Olympic Silver Medalist with partner Ben Agosto), Joannie Rochette (Olympic Bronze Medalist), Paul Wylie (Olympic Silver Medalist), and Nicole Bobek (World Bronze Medalist), as well as the entire 2012 United States World Team: Meryl Davis and Charlie White (2012 US Ice Dancing Champions and 2012 World Silver Medalists), Caydee Denney and John Coughlin (2012 US Pairs Figure Skating Champions), Jeremy Abbott (2012 US Men’s Figure Skating Champion), Ashley Wagner (2012 US Women’s Figure Skating Champion), Alissa Czisny (2011 US Women’s Figure Skating Champion),  Maia and Alex Shibutani (World Bronze Medalists), Adam Rippon,  Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker, and Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue.

The 2012 Skating with the Stars auction runs through April 17th at, and includes the chance to meet President Bill Clinton, Vera Wang, Soledad O’Brien, Carson Kressley, Brian Boitano, Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen, Sophie & Katherine from DC Cupcakes,  and many, many more.


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