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Navarro, Bommentre hold fundraiser close to home

Ice dancers raise money for the Figure Skating Foundation

Kimberly Navarro and Brent Bommentre enjoy putting on this benefit, especially since it's held at one of their home rinks near Philadelphia.
Kimberly Navarro and Brent Bommentre enjoy putting on this benefit, especially since it's held at one of their home rinks near Philadelphia. (Getty Images)

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By Lynn Rutherford, special to icenetwork.com
(04/10/2008) - Upon returning home to the Philadelphia area after placing 12th at their worlds debut in Gothenburg, U.S. ice dancing bronze medalists Kimberly Navarro and Brent Bommentre did not have much time to relax. The team had two immediate projects on their plate: travel to Minneapolis to choreograph a show program and put the final touches on the "Night of Champions" exhibit, to be held April 26 at the Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society in Ardmore, Pa.

"This is a fun and pretty special event for us," Navarro said. "It's held at one of our training rinks, so we get to perform in front of a lot of friends and family. Plus, for better or for worse, it's an event we help organize, so we are very interested in its success."

Money raised will benefit the Figure Skating Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that raises funds to distribute to U.S. figure skaters to aid their development and participation in national and international competitions.

"The Foundation has done a lot to help skaters defray expenses," Bommentre said. "It's played a huge role in enabling us to continue to compete at a high level."

In addition to Navarro and Bommentre, performers will also include the legendary "Mr. Debonair," Richard Dwyer, who began performing in the Ice Follies as a teenager in 1950 and continued his show career for more than four decades. Other local and national competitors will also be featured.

Tickets for the performance alone are $15; VIP tickets, including cocktails and hor d'oeuvres prior to the event, are $60. Tickets for children are $10. Cocktails begin at 7:30 p.m., and the performance begins at 8:00 p.m. Advance registration is recommended, but tickets will be available at the door. Please visit www.navarro-bommentre.org or call 610-955-5081 for more information.

The Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society is located at 220 Holland Avenue in Ardmore, Pa.