FREE Skating Spectacular Ice Show Hosted by Olympic Champion Scott Hamilton at Boston’s Frog Pond on November 30th
BOSTON (Nov. 2, 2017) – The Skating Club of Boston, the third oldest skating club in the United States, announced today they are partnering with the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation to host the Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer – Boston benefit at the Club’s Brighton facility on December 1, 2017. To further raise awareness, the Club will be honoring Scott at Boston’s Tree Lighting Skating Spectacular at the Boston Common Frog Pond on Thursday, November 30 at 5:00 pm.
The FREE Frog Pond event will showcase Boston’s top skating talent and raise awareness for the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, which supports cancer research, education and survivorship. An Olympic gold medalist, four-time United States Champion and current figure skating analyst, Scott Hamilton is a three-time cancer survivor. He created his CARES Foundation in 2014 to not only raise funds for cancer research, but to provide a community for those fighting the disease and its survivors, in hopes of improving the quality of life for the next person diagnosed with cancer. During his visit to Boston, Scott will also visit Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
“Returning to Boston for Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer is so much more than attending an event for me. My mother grew up in Weymouth and we spent many Christmases with my grandparents there. To start the Christmas season with the tree lighting, and also raise money for cancer research in my mom’s honor, brings up so many strong emotions,” said Scott Hamilton. “Visiting Boston Children’s Hospital, after having spent a lot of time there as a youth, will make the experience even more incredible. To have survived my childhood illness only to be back fighting again for others is wonderfully rewarding. I can’t wait to be a part of these events.”
The Frog Pond Tree Lighting Spectacular will feature an array of local, national and international competitors, with Scott serving as the event’s host. Skating fans and the general public are invited to the Boston Common to watch the Spectacular and support the CARES Foundation through voluntary in-person donations.
In addition to the Frog Pond event, The Skating Club of Boston is hosting a fundraiser celebration event on December 1st at 6:00 pm at 1240 Soldiers Field Road in Brighton. Club members have been raising money for the Sk8 to Elmin8 Cancer initiative online via their personal networks and the event will include photo opportunities with Scott Hamilton, a lap-a-thon and an on-ice celebration featuring performances by the skaters who have raised the most in donations for the Foundation. Club members exceeded their original $25,000 goal in 2 weeks, and have now set their sights on a record-setting $65,000 goal.
“Figure Skating teaches many things, including perseverance and pluck, not only as skills of the sport, but as lessons for life. Scott Hamilton is the epitome of this,” said Doug Zeghibe, Executive Director, The Skating Club of Boston. “Anytime we can support someone like Scott, who has taken a leadership role in our sport and uses the adversity of his own experiences to benefit others, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity. These events are a way we can leverage the power of figure skating to support the cancer community at both the local and national level.”
The general public can support the CARES Foundation and The Skating Club of Boston’s local initiative at https://www.crowdrise.com/Sk8Boston. Proceeds from these events will benefit CARES Foundation, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Mass General Cancer Center.
About the CARES Foundation
The Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, established as a national identity in 2014, is dedicated to changing the future of cancer by funding advanced, innovative research that treats the cancer while sparing the patient. With the support of the NHL, in partnership with U.S. Figure Skating and hundreds of clubs and ice facilities nationwide the CARES Foundation is Turning Cancer Upside Down™. More information about the CARES Foundation and their events can be found at https://www.scottcares.org/
About The Skating Club of Boston
The Skating Club of Boston, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, is the third oldest skating club in the country and a founding member of U.S. Figure Skating. The mission of The Skating Club of Boston is to be the leader in advancing participation, education and excellence in all disciplines of skating for people of all ages, abilities and means. In addition to managing numerous training programs, the Club produces many local, national and international competitions. It also manages the Boston Common Frog Pond in a year-round partnership with the Boston Parks Department. Its Skating Academy, New England’s premiere skating school, offers skating instruction for children and adults of all ages, with 9 campuses in the Boston and Metro Boston region. The Club is currently developing a $50 million, three-rink, state-of-the-art training center to further its mission of advancing participation, education and excellence in the sport.
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