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Michael Weiss Foundation benefit to feature top skaters

Boitano, Buttle, Kulik among participants

Michael Weiss will host his 5th annual Michael Weiss Foundation "Ice Champions LIVE."
Michael Weiss will host his 5th annual Michael Weiss Foundation "Ice Champions LIVE." (Getty Images)

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(09/09/2009) - Michael Weiss of McLean, Va., will host his 5th ANNUAL Michael Weiss Foundation "Ice Champions LIVE" at The Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, bringing stars of the figure skating world to Northern Virginia to perform and socialize in a weekend event.

Skaters include Todd Eldredge, Jeffrey Buttle, Jennifer Robinson, Steven Cousins, Yuko Sato and many other Olympic, world and national champions. Some of the champions performing will be vying for a spot on the 2010 Olympic Team, which will be determined at the AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash.

Weiss, three-time U.S. champion and two-time Olympian is celebrating the 5th Annual Michael Weiss Foundation's "Ice Champions LIVE!" Michael will bring the most famous faces in figure skating to Arlington to help raise money for his foundation to further the dreams of even more local child athletes.

This event is one like no other. Weiss twists like a tornado in the air landing in front of the on-ice seats. No where else can you experience the feel, the movement, the actual speed of these skaters as you can at this performance. Each skater brings something different to Weiss' events to give our Northern Virginia crowd an exciting, fun-filled program that has not been done except at this show.

The Michael Weiss Foundation (MWF) is a non-profit organization offering scholarships to these aspiring Olympiads and currently is sponsoring twenty three (23) recipients. Knowing first hand how much it takes to get an athlete to the Olympics, Michael gives children this opportunity through his scholarships so they can carry the torch for Olympics of the future. Establishing the Michael Weiss Foundation was Michael's way of further giving back to the sport that his given him so much.

In addition to the ice show, there will be a silent auction that features the skaters personal memorabilia. This silent auction also has hundreds of items both from the World Figure Skating Community as well as local artists, jewelers', restaurants and much, much more.

The event will be held on Saturday, September 26th 2009 at 5:00 pm at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, in Arlington, Va. Tickets are now on sale through www.MichaelWeiss.org and www.Ticketweb.com or by calling (866) 468-7630. TWO LEVELS of ON-ICE SEATING are available for the first time this year! Ticket prices range from $20-$50 with VIP opportunities -- meet and socialize with some of the biggest stars in skating with the VIP package. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to figure skating scholarships to be awarded later this year.

LIST OF CURRENT SKATERS:
Olympians from Canada, Great Britain, Japan and Italy as well as up-and-coming national competitors will join Michael to skate for his charity. Local favorites include U.S. championships junior medalists Kristine Musademba and Armin Mahanoozadeh.

CURRENT 2009 SKATERS for Michael Weiss Foundation
Brian Boitano - Olympic champion
Ilia Kulik - Olympic champion
Sarah Hughes - Olympic champion
Eldredge - world champion
Buttle - world champion
Sato - world champion
Cousins - Eight-time British champion
Robinson - Six-time Canadian champion
Emily Hughes - U.S. championships medalist
Ellie Kawamura - U.S. junior medalist
Sinead Kerr and John Kerr - 2009 British dance champions and European bronze medalists
Don Baldwin and Tiffany Vise - National competitors and record holder first pair team member to land throw quad salcow
Musademba - U.S. novice silver medalist
Mahbanoozadeh - Two-time JGP Final medalist
Angela Maxwell - U.S. junior silver medalist
The Capitol Steps Syncro Skating Team