CONNECTICUT TO WELCOME FIGURE SKATING LEGENDS AT THE EIGHTH ANNUAL STARS, STRIPES AND SKATES
NEW YORK – On Saturday, September 26, Olympic figure skaters and young local talent will partake in the eighth annual Stars, Stripes and Skates ICEtravaganza, which honors the memory of September 11 and benefits The Heritage Foundation of 9/11. The show will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Danbury Ice Arena in Danbury, CT.
Confirmed guest skaters for this year’s show include Olympic Champion Oksana Baiul, world champion Miki Ando, three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir, current U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott, Japanese national champion Nobunari Oda, and U.S. Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov.
Weir and Abbott are United States hopefuls for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games being held in Vancouver and plan to showcase their talent at Stars, Stripes and Skates.
In addition to the world-class roster, young area skaters will share the ice with their idols in a performance celebrating the patriotic spirit of the United States.
Weir competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, and recognizes his role as a model for young skaters. “As a representative of the United States and as an Olympian, I understand the beauty and splendor of my country,” said Weir. "I am so honored to be taking part in this year’s Stars, Stripes and Skates.”
“I am happy to lend my time to such a cause and help raise awareness about an epic disaster that should never be forgotten or repeated,” continued Weir. “I am training hard for the 2010 Olympic Games and am excited to show my skills for such a loving audience this September.”
With an all-star cast, Stars, Stripes and Skates plans to build on the success it has had in past years. In previous shows, the event has featured an all-star cast including Olympic gold medalist Sarah Hughes, vocal recording artist Ashanti, Emmy-nominated choreographer Shane Sparks, actor Steve Buscemi, various American Idol finalists and many others. This is the second year in a row that the show will be held in Danbury, CT.
"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," said Tara Eve Modlin, founder of The Heritage Foundation of 9/11 and creator of Stars, Stripes and Skates. "We are very grateful to the skaters that have helped make previous shows a success. We are looking forward to another sensational show in 2009." (Photo at right, Tara Eve Modlin, with Johnny Weir, at New York premiere of Pop Star On Ice starring Johnny Weir)
Local skaters wishing to participate in the show can submit a DVD or video clip of their program for consideration.
For more information on skater auditions, call (646) 274-0955. 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.