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Davis and White headline tsunami relief shows

Only 50 invited guests to attend July 24-25 shows in Nikko

Meryl Davis and Charlie White will perform for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White will perform for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. (Getty Images)

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By Lynn Plage Communications
(07/12/2012) - Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the first American ice dancing team to win a world championship, will lead efforts to provide smiles and relief to some of the areas in northern Japan hardest hit by the earthquakes and tsunami that ravaged the country in March 2011.

As part of her continuing efforts to help those affected by this tragedy, 2010 Olympic silver medalist Mao Asada has been instrumental in arranging two benefit shows as part of the "Lotte Presents The Ice" skating series. The shows will take place July 24 and 25 for approximately 50 invited guests from the Tochigi prefecture.

The shows will be available only to the invited guests; no tickets will be sold. Chartered buses will take the guests (some of whom still live in evacuation centers) to the venue in Nikko.

In addition, through the support of Save the Children, approximately 50 children who were orphaned by the disaster will be among the shows' guests.

This is the second year "Lotte Presents The Ice" has performed benefit shows for those impacted by the earthquakes and tsunami. Last year's shows hosted approximately 1,500 guests from the Aomori, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures.

Joining Davis and White will be Asada; 2011 world silver medalist Takahiko Kozuka; 2011 world bronze medalists Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani; 2012 world bronze medalist Yuzuru Hanyu; 2010 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist Kanako Murakami; 2008 world champion Jeffrey Buttle; three-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott; 2011 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist Javier Fernandez; 2012 world silver medalist Alena Leonova; three-time U.S. medalist Mirai Nagasu; 2011 world junior champion Adelina Sotnikova; and 2012 world bronze medalists Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran.

In conjunction with the invitation-only shows, cast members will give children from the area free skating lessons. All donations from the shows will be given to the International Red Cross to help the rebuilding efforts throughout the region.