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The 2011 Skating with the Stars honoring Sarah Hughes, Terry Lundgren, and Tina Lundgren A BENEFIT GALA FOR FIGURE SKATING IN HARLEM - Tuesday, 4/12/2011 2:10 PM
Spring weather was in total harmony on Monday evening, April the 4th, for
Figure Skating in Harlem's 2011 Skating with the Stars. The popular Central
Park Annual was held at Trump Wollman Skating Rink and welcomed an array of
attendees for family fun. This year's event raised more than half a million
dollars, as announced by Sharon Cohen, Founder and Executive Director of
Figure Skating in Harlem.
The gala affair began with a regal red carpet graced by today's most prominent
professional figure skaters. as well as Figure Skating in Harlem students.
Just beyond the carpet, a wondrous evening awaited, that included ice time
with celebs and pros, a VIP dining experience, awards ceremony, silent auction
and a performance.
, Melania Trump
and Evan Lysacek
Olympic Gold Medalist Sarah Hughes, along with Macy's Chairman and CEO Terry
Lundgren, his wife, author and world figure skating judge Tina Lundgren and
Lola C. West of Genesis Asset Management were the gala's honorees. Melania
and Donald Trump and Tamara Tunie of "Law & Order Special Victims Unit",
served as this year's Honorary Chairs.
Seeing Actress Tamara Tunie, one of the evening's hosts, early on was
particularly exciting. Tunie who is involved with the event each year shared
"I've been with this organization since the beginning... you know 14 years.
It's just an extraordinary and exceptional organization for young girls that
is an artistic and educational powerhouse."
, Federico Castelluccio
and Yvonne Maria Schaefer
Soon after Melania and Donald Trump's arrival, which included photos with
several FSH students and even a few autographed program books on the part of
Mr. Trump, it was off to the ice for the awards ceremony. Everyone ranging
from New York businessmen to fashion icons to pro skaters took part including
Vera Wang, Kenneth Cole and Reginald Van Lee.
Skating pros in attendance for the evening included board member Evan Lysacek,
Jeremy Abbott, Tanith Belbin, Ben Agosto, Sarah Hughes, Johnny Weir, Sasha
Cohen, Todd Eldredge, Timothy Goebel, Emily Hughes, Adam Rippon, Joannie
Rochette, Lucinda Ruh and Fumie Suguri, all Olympic and World Medalists.
and Johnny Weir
A silent auction, offering an array of items ranging from a trip to Shanghai,
China to attend Artistry on Ice 2011, with a 5-night stay at the Portman
Ritz-Carlton, to floor seats to a Keith Urban concert in Dallas assisted in
raising critically needed funds to expand Figure Skating in Harlem's
innovative and empowering youth development program. The gala's fundraising
auction continues online via Charity Buzz.com through April 20th.