In honor of the heroes and memory of September 11, 2001, Olympic skaters will participate in the seventh annual Stars Stripes and Skates, which will take place in Danbury, Connecticut at the Danbury Ice Arena on September 28, at 3 p.m. Hosted by U.S. pairs champion JoJo Starbuck, the show will include performances by Olympic old medalist Oksana Baiul, U.S. bronze medalist Ashley Wagner, U.S. silver medalists in ice dancing Meryl Davis and Charlie White, and many more. The event will be televised by WABC-TV as well as icenetwork.
Proceeds from the event will benefit The Heritage Foundation of 9/11. Founded by former ice dancer and now sports agent Tara Eve Modlin (see right) (her clients include World Junior Champion Rachael Flatt), Tara was inspired to create the organization after a close family friend died in the attacks. The mission of The Heritage Foundation of 9/11 is:
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 Ethan Allen Hotel's Stars, Stripes and Skates show, children learn patriotism through the touching Red, White and Blue group number, which includes 150 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.