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Paul Wylie to be Honored by ITNY

Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) will honor 1992 Olympic silver medalist Paul Wylie and choreographer Lar Lubovitch at its annual benefit gala.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 26 and will include a performance by the ITNY at Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers. Cocktails, dinner and festivities will follow at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers.

Wylie won the U.S. Olympic Spirit Award in 1992 for his unforregetable achievement in Albertville, France at the Games. After claiming an Olympic medal, Wylie turned professional and enjoyed a long and successful career. He won several professional competitions in 1992-93 and was a popular performer on the Stars on Ice tour for many years.

Wylie also believes in giving back. He is the long-time host of “An Evening With Champions.” The event is held yearly at Harvard University -- where Wylie attended undergraduate and graduate school -- and raises money for the Jimmy Fund and other pediatric cancer causes.

Lubovitch will be recognized for his work with many skaters, from pieces, including Wylie, John Curry and Peggy Fleming (the latter for the televised ice ballet, “The Planets.”)

ITNY will present the Ice Angel Award to Sky Rink for its recognition of ice skating as performing art and its long-time support.

The gala performance is scheduled to feature a new work by choreographer Douglas Webster, as well as selections from ITNY’s existing repertory, which may include "La Revolte des Enfants" by Alberto del Saz, "2:1" by David Liu, "The Dreame," by Jacqulynn Buglisi, "Draughtsman’s Contract" by Elisa Monte and "Heart" by JoAnna Mendl Shaw. Among Lubovitch’s works, "Gershwin Suite" and "Tilt-a-Whirl" may be presented during this evening’s performance.

The evening will support ITNY’s New Works and Young Artists Series, an outreach program for public school children in Manhattan and Queens, as well as all of our 2009-2010 season's artistic programming.

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