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Online Auction to Benefit Figure Skating in Harlem

Organization Honoring Tai Babilonia

Charitybuzz.com, an online charity auction site, is now offering fans a variety of figure skating related items and experiences from icons including Scott Hamilton, Tanith Belbin, JoJo Starbuck and Dick Button. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Figure Skating in Harlem.

Charities need help more than ever in this tough economy and the elite and famous, such as Rosie O'Donnell, Star Jones, Tamara Tunie, John Starks, Tai Babilonia, Hamilton, Belbin, and others hope to raise awareness and money for the non-profit organization, Figure Skating in Harlem. The organization's mission is to provide exciting new educational, cultural and athletic opportunities for girls in the Harlem community through the unique discipline and art of figure skating. Figure Skating in Harlem has teamed up for the second year with Charitybuzz.com, which will host the online auction, "Skating with the Stars 2009," on its website.

Interested bidders and fans alike can log on to www.charitybuzz.com through Tuesday, April 21 to place their bids on a variety of unique celebrity experiences, luxury travel packages, signed memorabilia and exclusive merchandise. Among the items on the auction block—the chance to have lunch with skating legend and "Celebrity Apprentice" star Scott Hamilton, own Star Jones' figure skates worn on EXTRA TV, have lunch with O'Donnell and Jones, win two seats at the Milly Fashion Show, own a Gucci “New Jackie” shoulder bag, and more.

Proceeds from this benefit will help Figure Skating in Harlem become an even stronger resource for girls in the Harlem community.

Figure Skating in Harlem will honor Babilonia at "Skating with the Stars, Under the Stars" on April 6 from 6-9 p.m. at Trump Wollman Rink in Central Park. Along with Babilonia, skaters scheduled to take part in the skate-fest with fans include Belbin, Ben Agosto, Sasha Cohen, Alissa Czisny, Todd Eldredge, Timothy Goebel, Dorothy Hamill, Sarah Hughes, Evan Lysacek, Kimmie Meissner and Viktor Petrenko For more info, click here. Money raised will go to FSH program for inner city youth,

Figure Skating in Harlem is a pioneering youth development organization established in 1997 to transform young lives and help Harlem girls grow in confidence, leadership and academic achievement. Our innovative enrichment program links lessons learned on the ice—focus, determination, character development, and self motivation—to lessons in the classroom and life. For more information go to www.figureskatinginharlem.org.