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VERA WANG HONORED BY FIGURE SKATING IN HARLEM A fashion icon, a teen idol, a news anchor,

- ure skaters were on hand for Figure Skating in Harlem’s gala, Skating with the Stars, on April 2 at Wollman Rink in New York’s Central Park. “She’s a legend, so to see her in person

was like ‘wow,’” said FSH skater Sharendalle Murga about Diana Ross, who was there to see daughter Rhonda Ross receive the Star Leader- ship award.

Unseasonably warm weather threatened

to take the skating component out of the eve- ning, but thankfully temperatures dropped just enough to allow the attendees to share the ice with skaters such as Evan Lysacek, Tanith Belbin, Paul Wylie, Sasha Cohen, Nicole Bobek, Todd Eldredge, Sarah Hughes, Emily Hughes, Tara Lipinski, Kimmie Meissner, Joannie Rochette and the entire 2012 U.S. World Team. The evening marked the 15th anniversary of FSH, and Scott

Hamilton, who helped bring attention to the or- ganization at its onset, was also on hand. “I’ve never been on the ice with such an

amazing group of skaters. As someone who loves skating this much it’s a real privilege,” said Vera Wang, one of the evening’s honorees. A former competitive skater and still-passionate recreational skater, Wang said the discipline and courage she learned in skating helped her to succeed in the fashion industry. “The real privilege of my career is being able to mentor so many young people from all walks of life,” Wang said. “Figure Skating in Harlem does just that by providing the opportu- nity through skating to empower and enrich the lives of these special young women.” The girls of FSH, an organization that

serves girls ages 6–18 from the Harlem commu- nity, were the true stars of the evening and the only ones to perform. Sarah and Emily Hughes  routine.

“I loved skating with the girls,” said Sarah

Hughes, last year’s honoree. “Precision skating, they’re a little better than I am. I need practice.” Fundraiser and project manager Ellen

Lowey was also honored. Founder/executive director Sharon Co-

Evan Lysacek presented fashion icon Vera Wang with her award.

hen was able to tell those in attendance about the fantastic growth FSH has enjoyed this year. An additional three hours a week of ice time at their home rink at Riverbank State Park in Harlem has allowed FSH to add 50 new girls to the program, bringing the total to 170. FSH has also opened a year-round, leading-edge academic center where the girls can continue to receive tutoring and other off-ice programs even when they’re not skating.

(l-r) Sarah Hughes, an Olympic champion and past FSH honoree; actress Rebecca Budig, winner of TV’s “Skating with the Stars;” Olympic bronze medalist Joannie Rochette of Canada; and Olympian Emily Hughes enjoy the beautiful NYC afternoon and evening.

 - cation program like no other that builds young leaders and makes them competitive in the world,” Cohen said. Eleven-year FSH veteran Crystal Bur-

gess, 18, read a letter from First Lady Michelle Obama to the crowd. 

      

is to provide young women with the tools they need to realize their full potential,” wrote Mrs. Obama. “That is why I’m so pleased that or- ganizations like Figure Skating in Harlem are committed to empowering young women and in-  dreams.”

— Lois Elfman


The Skating Club of Boston turned 100

this year, and it went all out for its annual Ice Chips shows at the Bright Arena in Boston on March 31 and April 1. Guest stars Evan Lysacek and Mirai

Nagasu joined club members Ross Miner, Stephen Carriere, Gretchen Donlan and Andrew Speroff, Marissa Castelli and Si- mon Shnapir, Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus, Yasmin Siraj, Harrison Choate, Al- exandria Shaughnessy and James Morgan, and about 400 younger and adult skaters, for the production. The show, directed by Timothy LeBlanc

Evan Lysacek gives a stellar performance in Boston.

and choreographed by Jason Wong, opened with a stirring look ahead to the next 100 years. Fifty novice, junior and senior skaters  elite skaters showed off their dynamic moves. At the climax of the number, Miner skated out  said they choked up with emotion. Most of the group numbers were drawn from themes of past shows: Holly-

wood, Broadway, Las Vegas, Candyland, etc. LeBlanc said the organizers went through programs from almost 100 years to choose the themes. Lysacek premiered a new free skate

to Samson and Delilah, along with show pro- grams to “El Tango de Roxanne” and “The       ready to make a return to competition, and the audience greeted him with ear-splitting screams of excitement. Nagasu showed off        Dreams” and “Oh! Darling.” Miner delivered a new show program

to “Luck Be a Lady” with aplomb. Carriere also had a new program to “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic.” All the men landed plenty of clean triple jumps, and as always, the dar- ing tricks of the pairs thrilled the audience.   Division of Sports Medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston and the Girl Scouts of East- ern Massachusetts.

— Sarah S. Brannen SKATING 7


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