The 40th anniversary of "An Evening with Champions" will take place this weekend at Harvard University, outside of Boston. Two shows are slated: April 16 and 17 at 8 and 7 p.m., respectively. Each show will feature world-class skaters performing to raise money for The Jimmy Fund. A silent auction will also take place 30 minutes before each show, with a prize drawing after intermission.
A premier skating exhibition, the show this year will be hosted by legendary skaters and 1948 and 1952 Olympic champion Dick Button and 1968 Olympic champion Peggy Fleming.
The show will feature such talent as Olympian pairs skaters Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig, 2009 World junior bronze medalists Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, U.S. pewter medalist ice dancers Kimberly Navarro and Brent Bommentre, Harvard student and skater Emily Hughes (a 2006 Olympian), ice dancers Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov (2006 Olympians), 2010 U.S. junior ice dance champions and 2009 World silver medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani, well as numerous celebrated skaters of the past and the present.
The Haydenettes, fresh off their bronze-medal performance at the 2010 World Synchronized Skating Championships, will perform as well.
On Saturday afternoon, pediatric cancer patients from the Jimmy Fund Clinic will have an opportunity to skate with the performers.
The special guest list is stars studded. It includes:
Tenley Albright, 1956 Olympic champion
Judy Sladky, 1968-1972 U.S. national pairs champion with James Sladky
JoJo Starbuck and Kenneth Shelley, 1970-1972 U.S. champions and 1971-72 World bronze medalists
Janet Lynn, 1969-1973 U.S. champion, 1972 Olympic bronze medalist
Julie Holmes, 1969-1972 national silver medalist,1971 World silver medalist
Suna Murray, 1971-1972 national bronze medalist
Dorothy Hamill, 1976 Olympic champion
Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner, 1979 World champions
Kitty and Peter Carruthers, 1984 Olympic silver medalists
Debi Thomas, 1988 Olympic bronze medalist
Paul Wylie, 1992 Olympic silver medalist
Sarah Hughes, 2002 Olympic champion
"An Evening with Champions" was founded in 1970 by former US champion John Misha Petkevich and fellow Harvard University classmate John Powers. Since then it has been run entirely by Harvard University students, raising more than $2.4 million for the Jimmy Fund, which supports adult and pediatric cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Tickets will be $32 for adults, $12 for children (12 or under) and seniors (65+), and $8 for all college students. "An Evening with Champions will be held at Harvard's Bright Hockey Center located on 79 North Harvard St., Allston."
For more information, visit www.jimmyfund.org/skating or www.hcs.harvard.edu/~ewc.