Evan Lysacek, the first American man to win a world figure skating title since 1996, will be skating with guests at Figure Skating in Harlem's annual Skating with the Stars benefit gala on Monday, April 6, 2009 in New York City. This star-studded event features skating champions and celebrities on the ice with guests at Wollman.
A two-time national champion, Lysacek brought down the house in his hometown of Los Angeles as he captured his first world title last week. By winning the world crown, Lysacek became the first U.S. man in 13 years to reach the top of the skating world. Todd Eldredge last won a world title in 1996 in Edmonton, Alberta. Mr. Eldredge will also be a guest at the Skating with the Stars event.
Olympic ice dance skaters Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto placed second in their category at the World Figure Skating championships. They will also attend Figure Skating in Harlem's gala again this year.
The 2009 Skating With the Stars gala honors skating legend Tai Babilionia and New York State's First Lady, Michelle Paige Paterson. It promises to be another fun and delightful evening that raises critically-needed funds for Figure Skating in Harlem's pioneering youth development program.
Joyce and David Dinkins, Terry and Tina Lundgren and Donald and Melania Trump, Star Jones, Tamara Tunie, Christopher Meloni, Richie Rich, Harry Smith, Natalie Morales, Melissa Rivers, and Lee Daniels are just some of the notable guests scheduled to attend the gala.
At this event, guests are offered the extraordinary opportunity to skate side by side with Tai Babilonia and a spectacular roster of Olympic and World Medalists including Dorothy Hamill, Johnny Weir, Sarah Hughes, Viktor Petrenko, Alissa Czisny, Kimmie Meissner, Timothy Goebel, Rachael Flatt. 2009 U.S. national champion Jeremy Abbott will also be part of this year's event. Tickets start at $300 and are available by calling (212) 675-9474. Visit www.charitybuzz.com to find great auction items for bidding online from March 25th-April 21st, 2009.
Figure Skating in Harlem has served hundreds of New York City girls since 1997 with an innovative education and ice-skating program that transforms young lives and helps Harlem girls grow in confidence, leadership and academic achievement. Proceeds from this benefit event will help FSH continue to grow and become an even stronger resource for children in the community. FSH also hopes to develop a base of support that will help them secure a home rink of their own with access to skating and educational facilities year-round in Upper Manhattan.