Figure Skating in Harlem celebrated their 15 years of success at their 2012 Skating with the Stars gala help on Monday, April 2nd at the Wollman Rink in Central Park.

This year the organization honored international fashion designer Vera Wang and dynamic Figure Skating in Harlem patron Ellen Lowey, and is expected to raise approximately $700,000 to go towards the FSH program of innovative academics and fitness program for underserved girls, transforming the lives of these 6-18 year-olds and helping them to grow in confidence, leadership, and academic success.  Through its unique programming, FSH empowers young girls by combining educational, artistic, and fitness opportunities through the discipline of skating.

“FSH is a vital resource for girls in some of the most under-served communities in New York City.  We are continuing to expand our programs as we plan for a future home ice rink of our own with state-of-the-art educational facilities to anchor in the community,” said FSH Founder & Executive Director Sharon Cohen.

Harlem artist and entrepreneur Rhonda Ross, accompanied by her mother, the legendary Diana Ross, received the Star Leadership Award at the event, and First Lady Michelle Obama sent a letter to be read on her behalf.

Joining more than 600 guests for a festive night of ice skating, autographs, photos, and more were top fashion designers Vera Wang, Kenneth Cole, and B Michael, business moguls Donald Trump, Terry Lundgren, and Stephen Bollenbach, and television personalities including Soledad O’Brien, Tamara Tunie, Jake T. Austin, Rebecca Budig, BD Wong, Harry Smith, and more.

Throughout the evening, guests skated with legendary skating stars, including: Olympic legend Scott Hamilton, reigning Olympic Champion Evan Lysacek, Olympic Champions Sarah Hughes and Tara Lipinski, Sasha Cohen (Olympic Silver Medalist), Todd Eldredge (World Champion), Tanith Belbin (Olympic Silver Medalist with partner Ben Agosto), Joannie Rochette (Olympic Bronze Medalist), Paul Wylie (Olympic Silver Medalist), and Nicole Bobek (World Bronze Medalist), as well as the entire 2012 United States World Team: Meryl Davis and Charlie White (2012 US Ice Dancing Champions and 2012 World Silver Medalists), Caydee Denney and John Coughlin (2012 US Pairs Figure Skating Champions), Jeremy Abbott (2012 US Men’s Figure Skating Champion), Ashley Wagner (2012 US Women’s Figure Skating Champion), Alissa Czisny (2011 US Women’s Figure Skating Champion),  Maia and Alex Shibutani (World Bronze Medalists), Adam Rippon, Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker, and Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue.

The 2012 Skating with the Stars auction runs through April 17th (at www.charitybuzz.com/fsh), and includes the chance to meet President Bill Clinton, Vera Wang, Soledad O’Brien, Carson Kressley, Brian Boitano, Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen, Sophie & Katherine from DC Cupcakes,  and more.

Via Impress Media.  Photos by Gregory Partanio/ManhattanSociety.com

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