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Kate Gosselin to appear at 9/11 charity show

Reality star to join skating champions at event

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(09/15/2009) - Kate Gosselin, star of the hit TLC reality show Jon & Kate Plus 8, will make an appearance at the eighth annual Stars, Stripes and Skates ICEtravaganza to be held on Saturday, Sept. 26. In addition to Kate, the show will also feature Olympic figure skaters and young local talent.

Confirmed guest skaters for this year's show include Olympic Champion Oksana Baiul, world champion Miki Ando, three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir, Japanese national champion Nobunari Oda, and U.S. Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov. The show will be hosted by Nikki Blonsky, star of the hit film Hairspray, and Sirius XM radio personality Frank DeCaro. Jill Zarin and LuAnn de Lesseps, cast members from The Real Housewives of New York City, will also be in attendance.

In addition to the world-class roster, young area skaters will share the ice with their idols

The event is presented by the Danbury Plaza Hotel and is a benefit for The Heritage Foundation of 9/11. The show will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Danbury Ice Arena in Danbury, CT.

"We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Kate to the event this year," said Tara Eve Modlin, founder of The Heritage Foundation of 9/11 and creator of Stars, Stripes and Skates. "For the past eight years, Stars, Stripes and Skates has honored the memory of those lost on September 11 while celebrating future generations of talented Americans. We are very grateful to celebrities like Kate that have helped make previous shows a success. We are looking forward to another sensational show in 2009."

To purchase tickets, contact the Danbury Arena at (203) 794-1704.

About the Heritage Foundation of 9/11
The Heritage Foundation of 9/11 aims to teach younger generations of Americans the historical significance of September 11, 2001. In doing this, the foundation stresses the life lessons we learned in the aftermath of the attacks, patriotism, heroism, and the value of volunteering. Through the annual Stars, Stripes and Skates show, children learn patriotism through the touching 'red, white and blue' group number, which includes over 100 local children each holding an American flag; they learn about heroism by working to raise money for different charities each year; and they learn about the importance of volunteerism by meeting their skating idols, all of whom volunteer their time to participate in the show and inspire kids to volunteer themselves.