The US Athletic Foundation’s second annual show, “An Evening on Ice,” is scheduled for July 21 at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, Calif.
Cast members include Joannie Rochette, Kimmie Meissner, Adam Rippon, Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker, Rachael Flatt and Douglas Razzano.
Jeremy Abbott's mother Allison Scott is offering up a challenge to raise money for this great cause. For a $10,000 donation to the foundation she and Doug Mattis will don skates and take to the ice for a performance during the show.
"This year, even with Jeremy in Japan, I offered to help, but I also enlisted Doug, my 'partner in crime,' to help," Scott said. "I asked myself, 'what would get attention?' There was was no thought behind it, no discussion. I went with it and Doug went along.
"This is all about promoting our sport so why not put our boots where our well-known mouths are? I figured if someone would have the cojones to donate $10,000, we (more me) could suck it up and show just how much skating means to us. I've sacrificed a lifetime to this sport.
"I've skated nearly all my life. To me, skating is a lifetime activity; it's more than a competitive sport. Putting myself and my ego on the line for a cause seemed like a small price to pay.
"I may do a 'star lift' with my other son, John Coughlin. Doug said he'd do an Axel. So, we're working it. I can guarantee we'll do something fun!
"If it pans out, we won't disappoint. It will be worth the price of admission or, at the very least, it will be good for a laugh!"
Two performances are scheduled: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $35 for the afternoon show and $45 for the evening show.
VIP tickets with priority seating are available for $80 (2 p.m.) and $105 (7:30 p.m.; this ticket also includes admission to the post-show meet-and-greet). Tickets can be purchased from the US Athletic Foundation’s website (usathleticfoundation.org).
The goal of the US Athletic Foundation, which was created by Nicholas LaRoche and his sister Tricia LaRoche, is to fund figure skaters who face financial hardship while pursuing their dreams, a situation Nicholas LaRoche had to navigate throughout his career.
Ice Theatre of New York will host three free Summer Youth Concert Series shows at the World Ice Arena, 13135 Avery Avenue, Flushing, N.Y. (July 14, 21 and 28).
The family-friendly shows will include performances by the Ice Theatre of New York ensemble, guest artists from the competitive skating world as well as up-and coming performers.
Performances start at 7:00 p.m. and the public is invited to take to the ice immediately following the shows. Turn up early for the show and you could receive free admission to the skating session (limited availability). Skate rental is $5.