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04-19-2012, 01:24 PM
We are the producers of "Skate-To-Learn," a skating exhibition benefiting two charities focusing on after-school programs for children-Brooklyn Ice and Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey. The show will take place on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at Sport-O-Rama in Monsey, New York and we'd love it if any of you could attend (or donate money to our charities even if you can't come).

We have a wonderful cast, featuring Ksenia Makarova, Gretchen Donlan and Andrew Speroff, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, Danielle Montalbano and Evgeni Krasnapolsky, Samantha Cesario, Nicole Rajic, James Schetelich, Ice Theatre of New York, Sean Conlon, Dalia Rivkin and a number of other national and sectional competitors.

As teenagers and figure skaters ourselves, we know how important it is for children to have healthy and meaningful after-school activities and both of our charities offer wonderful after-school programs. Boys & Girls Clubs sponsor programs for children emphasizing character-building, sports, fitness and academics and much of the money raised by the show will go the Club in Lodi/Hackensack, which suffered extensive damage in Hurricane Irene. Brooklyn Ice, which was founded in 2005 by Violet Eagen, provides free skating lessons and enrichment classes in the off-season for children living near Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Last year, three of us co-produced Skate-To-Learn 2011, which raised over $18,000 for our charities and we're hoping that this year's show will be equally successful.

So, please come to the show and have a great time. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors and you can order tickets and find out more about the show at our website www.skate-to-learn.org or by e-mailing skatetolearn2011@gmail.com.

Christine Mozer
David Cruikshank
Courtney Taylor
Christie Corn
Emma Krinsky

04-24-2012, 04:38 PM
Press release today:
Makarova heads up cast for Monsey charity show (http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120424&content_id=29523572&vkey=ice_pressrelease)

04-27-2012, 02:18 PM
Congratulations to one of the show producers, David Cruikshank, on his recent impressive achievements as chronicled in this local NY article (he competed in Novice Dance at 2012 US Nationals): http://www.lohud.com/article/20120427/NEWS02/304270041/David-Cruikshank-Mamaroneck-High-senior-stars-figure-skater-scholar-Samaritan

Over the past two years, Cruikshank helped raise $33,000 for Brooklyn Ice — a free after-school figure-skating program for economically disadvantaged children living near Prospect Park — and the Boys and Girls Club of Lodi/Hackensack (N.J.). A third benefit will be held Sunday at Sport-O-Rama ice rink in Monsey. The show, called “Skate-To-Learn”, will feature Russian national champion and Olympian Ksenia Makarova.

04-30-2012, 02:38 PM
Cross-posting these photo links from the Club & Benefit Shows thread:

Skate-To-Learn benefit show in Monsey, New York on Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m

Ksenia Makarova (http://twitter.com/#!/TimDavid_Sk8/status/196700784644198401/photo/1)

Samantha Cesario (http://twitter.com/#!/TimDavid_Sk8/status/196698786268053505/photo/1)

Gretchen Donlan and Andrew Speroff (http://twitter.com/#!/TimDavid_Sk8/status/196687565376602113/photo/1)

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir (http://twitter.com/#!/TimDavid_Sk8/status/196763342315073536/photo/1)

Danielle Montalbano and Evgeni Krasnapolsky (ISR) (http://twitter.com/#!/TimDavid_Sk8/status/196691816219811840/photo/1)

James Schetelich (http://twitter.com/#!/TimDavid_Sk8/status/196694338179309568/photo/1) (2012 U.S. Novice Men's silver medalist)

Sean Conlon & me (https://twitter.com/#!/TimDavid_Sk8/status/196690448092377090/photo/1)

James, Andrew, Gretchen, Samantha (https://twitter.com/#!/TimDavid_Sk8/status/196696441400475649/photo/1)

CAST on-ice (https://twitter.com/#!/TimDavid_Sk8/status/196712911417257984/photo/1)
Here's the larger version of the Skate-To-Learn Cast on-ice (http://twitter.com/#!/TimDavid_Sk8/status/196712911417257984/photo/1/large).

Thanks for tweeting all these photos yesterday, Tim! :) Good to hear that Cesario landed a "great triple flip!" following the injury that forced her to withdraw from Nationals again. Would you like to share any other comments/highlights from the show?

04-30-2012, 04:28 PM
:) Np ~ Highlights from what I can remember
~ Samantha opened up with a great 3Flip
~ The pairs drew a lot of oohs and ahhs from their lifts, headbangers, and throws
~ James S. great mature presence on the ice, wonderful music interpretation, landed 2axels and two triple jumps
~ Ksenia (1st program landed a 3T 2Ax, 2nd program just double jumps) dark brown/black hair. I almost didn't recognize her until she came close (I was volunteered - ice monitor for the event :) )

Not sure if this will be in youtube - but here is Samantha's exh skate :)

05-01-2012, 11:11 AM
Ksenia really looks so different - but I like the hair colour.

05-02-2012, 09:53 PM
TDsk8 - thank you for the short report and in particular the news regarding Ksenia Makarova. :)