Joy Skate Productions: Be Here! Be YOU!
In July 2021, Joy Skate Productions held Be Here! Be YOU! – a celebratory skating and dancing “fun-raiser” supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Be Here! Be YOU! was hosted by world and national figure skating champion, Randy Gardner, with the guest of honor being the writer, director, composer and performer, Faith Soloway. The show included live performances from Boston’s premier gender illusionist Mizery McRae and drag performer and fashion model Milk.
All proceeds for the show went to benefitting Rehearsal for Life. Rehearsal for Life, through the programming of Urban Improv and the Freelance Players, uses theater as a vehicle for social change, empowering young people through creativity, dialogue and performance. They have proudly served over 80,000 young people in Boston and beyond with their dynamic, interactive social and emotional learning programs.
Skate Night Out to Benefit Figure Skating in Harlem
In April 2021, the JAC hosted a Skate Night Out to benefit Figure Skating in Harlem. Figure Skating in Harlem is the only organization of its kind to combine the power of education with access to the artistic discipline of figure skating to help low-income girls of color thrive and become strong leaders. Their mission is to help girls transform their lives and grow in confidence, leadership, and academic achievement. Their vision is for every student to develop the foundational academic, social and leadership skills to achieve their dreams.
Joy Skate Productions: Veterans’ Skate
For the past three years, The Skating Club of Boston has been proud to partner with Joy Skate Productions to host an annual Veterans’ Skate for all veterans of the U.S. military and for active military families. The event has consistently brought great focus and effort towards improving veterans’ services at the local and state levels as past events have been attended by veterans services officials from the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
In past years, the event has been held on the Boston Common Frog Pond’s outdoor skating rink. Starting in 2021, the event was moved to The Skating Club of Boston’s facility in Norwood. Importantly, all 2021 proceeds from the event are donated to the Norwood Military Family Support Group.