After a Stars on Ice show in Worcester, Mass. in April, Michael Weiss joked that he toured for five months and had nothing to do as a professional skater for the other seven. In reality, he uses his time and celebrity for good causes.
In August he will be the guest star at the 2008 Mariposa Gala. Presented by The Rotary Club of Barrie-Huronia and The Mariposa School of Skating, the show takes place Aug. 7 at the Molson Centre in Barrie, Ont.
‘U.S. & World Figure Skating Champions LIVE!!’
Weiss, a three-time U.S. champion and two-time World bronze medalist, has set up his own foundation and gives back to the skating community each year with his “U.S. & World Figure Skating Champions LIVE!!” skating show and silent auction. This year’s event takes place at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. Sept. 6 at 4 p.m.
The money raised through the show and auction is used to fund scholarships the Michael Weiss Foundation awards to U.S. Olympic hopefuls.
Some big-name skaters are in the cast of this year’s show, including 1988 Olympic champion Brian Boitano and 2006 Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen.
Reigning World champion Jeffrey Buttle, 1996 World champion Todd Eldredge and eight-time British champion Steven Cousins are in the cast along with reigning U.S. ladies champion Mirai Nagasu, Jennifer Robinson (a six-time Canadian champion) and Emily Hughes (a two-time U.S. medalist).
Married Couples Gracing the Ice
Yuka Sato (the 1994 World ladies champion) and husband Jason Jason Dungjen (a two-time U.S. pairs champion) will skate together as a pairs team as will another married couple – Silvia Fontana (a three-time Italian ladies champion) and John Zimmerman (a three-time U.S. pairs champion and the 2002 World bronze medalist).
Fontana and Zimmerman are skating in several shows as a pairs team this summer, including one this weekend in Lake Placid, at the Mariposa Gala and at Weiss’s show.
Tickets for Weiss’s show start at $20. For more details visit www.MichaelWeiss.org.