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2009 Skating with the Stars benefit set for April 6

Star-studded event will again take place at Central Park's Wollman Rink

Dorothy Hamill will be honored by the Ice Theatre of New York.
Dorothy Hamill will be honored by the Ice Theatre of New York. (Getty Images)


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(02/17/2009) - Figure Skating in Harlem (FSH) is pleased to announce the 2009 Skating with the Stars gala honoring skating legend Tai Babilionia and New York State's First Lady, Michelle Paige Paterson. The fifth annual benefit will be held on Monday evening, April 6, 2009, from 5:30 - 9 p.m. at Wollman Rink in Central Park. 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 will serve as this year's Honorary Chairs. The Gala co-chairs are Star Jones, Candace S. Matthews, Teresa Teague and Tamara Tunie. Now in its fifth year, this star-studded event attracts celebrities such as Kelly Ripa, Vera Wang, Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Richie Rich, Kimberley Locke and Kelly Rowland, as well as prominent business leaders, philanthropists and friends. The evening will also include a dinner buffet and auction. Whitney Houston, Mariska Hargitay & Peter Hermann, Lorraine Bracco, Christopher & Sherman Meloni, Apolo Anton Ohno, Cameron Mathison and Martha Stewart are among the members of the 2009 Benefit Committee.

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, Sasha Cohen, Sarah Hughes, Viktor Petrenko, Todd Eldredge, Alissa Czisny, Kimmie Meissner, Evan Lysacek, Timothy Goebel and Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto. Tickets start at $300 and are available by calling (212) 675-9474. Visit to find great auction items for bidding online from March 25-April 21, 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.

For more information, contact Jennifer Niederhoffer at (917) 699-2939 or