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Figure Skating in Harlem asks you to reach for the stars and give back to a great cause

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(04/02/2009) - Westport, CONN. - Charities need help more than ever in this tough economy and the elite and famous, such as Scott Hamilton, Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, Star Jones, Tamara Tunie, John Starks and others hope to raise awareness and money for the non-profit organization, Figure Skating in Harlem.

Their mission is to provide exciting new educational, cultural and athletic opportunities for girls in the Harlem community through the unique discipline and art of figure skating. Figure Skating in Harlem has teamed up for the second year with Charitybuzz.com, which will host the online auction, Skating with the Stars 2009, on its website.

Interested bidders and fans alike can log on to Charitybuzz through Tuesday, April 21, to place their bids on a variety of unique celebrity experiences, luxury travel packages, signed memorabilia and exclusive merchandise. Among the items on the auction block -- the chance to have lunch with skating legend and Celebrity Apprentice star Scott Hamilton, own Star Jones' figure skates worn on EXTRA TV, win two seats at the Milly Fashion Show, own a Gucci "New Jackie" shoulder bag, and more!

Proceeds from this benefit will help Figure Skating in Harlem become an even stronger resource for girls in the Harlem community.

Figure Skating in Harlem is a pioneering youth development organization established in 1997 to transform young lives and help Harlem girls grow in confidence, leadership and academic achievement. Our innovative enrichment program links lessons learned on the ice-focus, determination, character development, and self motivation-to lessons in the classroom and life. For more information go to Figure Skating in Harlem.

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Charitybuzz provides auction and marketing services to non-profits worldwide and works with charities founded by the most famous names on the planet, including Bette Midler, Andre Agassi, Jorge Posada, Sting, Tony Bennett, Bruce Springsteen, Rosie O'Donnell, Petra Nemcova, Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy, as well as with smaller charities that address particular needs in their local communities. By creating buzz with the hottest A-list celebrities on the planet through innovative auctions, millions of dollars flow to support literally hundreds of charitable organizations. Charities are no longer merely hosting the standard live gala with a limited audience of supporters that might have been impacted by the financial crunch. Through close and creative partnerships, the upscale community of Charitybuzz is now brought to both live and online events and the financial impact has been incredible. Since its inception in 2005, the company now has more than 25,000 registered bidders in 102 countries. To learn more, visit www.charitybuzz.com.