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    Why has there never been any Show to help remember/support the 1961 Team?

    Say,this question has really batfuled me. Why has there never been any yearly Annual Skating Show in rememberence of the 1961 Plane Crash Victums? To give money to support the Foundation,etc.?

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    There was one in 2001, specifically designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the tragedy and it was held in NYC, however it occurred a month after the 9/11 terrorism attacks so it ended up focusing on that also and the focus on the 61 team loss was understandably kind of lost after the terrorism attacks.

    The Memorial Fund continues to be supported through shows, group and individual donations which are ongoing year after year. No one specific event, but many.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yazmeen View Post
    There was one in 2001, specifically designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the tragedy and it was held in NYC, however it occurred a month after the 9/11 terrorism attacks so it ended up focusing on that also and the focus on the 61 team loss was understandably kind of lost after the terrorism attacks.

    The Memorial Fund continues to be supported through shows, group and individual donations which are ongoing year after year. No one specific event, but many.
    I'm surprised there isn't 1 specific yearly Annual event. You'ld think there would be.

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    Not a show or specific event, but anyone can make donations to the Memorial Fund any time. People give money in memory of people who have died, or in honor of people who are still living. For instance, when a past president of our club died, our club made a donation to the Memorial Fund in her memory. I've also seen honorary donations made to celebrate an individual's achievements - maybe getting a judging appointment, or something like that. Memorial and honorary donations are published in each issue of Skating Magazine.

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    There were several shows that benefitted the Memorial Fund:
    A month after the crash, a benefit was held in Boston Garden for the 1961 World Figure Skating Team Memorial Fund, established in memory of those who had died. Among the performers were Button, Noyes, Griner and David Jenkins. Noyes sold skating badges for a dollar out of a coffee can while walking the aisles in her performing costume and skate guards. The Memorial Fund is still active, and over the years it has helped finance the development of thousands of young skaters, among them Fleming, Scott Hamilton, Kristi Yamaguchi and Lysacek.
    "A month after the crash" would be March 1961.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1182018/5/index.htm

    The then-president of the USFSA, F. Ritter Schumway, established the Memorial Fund at an Ice Capades benefit in September 1961.

    http://www.usfigureskating.org/Shell...id=7&sid=18819

    Occasionally, there are special shows to benefit the Fund, but most Clubs use shows to raise money for their own needs, giving some of the proceeds to the Fund.


    I think a single benefit show each year wouldn't work beyond the first year or two. People would lose interest or feel uncomfortable with the cause, and getting skaters to perform would be difficult. Moreso to get skaters that the audience can't see in any of the many other shows across the US. The location would be an issue - east or west? Boston or Colorado? Stay in the same place every year or hold it elsewhere? How do you handle volunteers, travel, tickets, ice time, etc.? It's expensive to put on a skating show, so that would cut into any monies you could raise through ticket sales.

    I think the idea of "an annual show" would change the focus from the Fund's purpose to "making money." The current method is more effective, where anyone can contribute at any time, and skating organizations have special events/collections to benefit the Fund.

    In the RISE movie, someone recounted how they took up collections during shows to benefit the Memorial Fund. That's probably more effective than putting on a spectacle.

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