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STARS OF FASHION, SPORT, AND BUSINESS LIGHT UP CENTRAL PARK IN SUPPORT OF GIRLS’ ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
Figure Skating in Harlem's annual Skating with the Stars gala brings in over $800,000

On Monday, April 7th, 2014, Figure Skating in Harlem (FSH) presented its annual Skating with the Stars Gala at Trump Rink in Central Park. During the event, FSH honored Figure Skating Champion Michelle Kwan, President of Sean John, Jeff Tweedy, and Founder and CEO of Dylan's Candy Bar, Dylan Lauren. All three spoke passionately about the hard work and dedication FSH students put into their academic pursuits, as well as the life lessons learned through the discipline of skating.

The event raised over $800,000 for this pioneering program combining education and skating to transform young lives and help girls from upper Manhattan and The Bronx achieve academic success, physical health, and emotional well-being. Event sponsors included Amway, American Express, BET Networks, Bloomberg, Iman Cosmetics, Macy’s and Bloomingdales, and Consolidated Edison, among others.

Figure skating stars, including Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner, Jeremy Abbott, Jason Brown, Polina Edmunds, Scott Hamilton, Sasha Cohen, and many others attended the gala in support of FSH. Although ice skating was cut short by a heavy rainfall, guests mingled with the athletes and got autographs, took photos, and just enjoyed the chance to interact with these champions. They were joined by the likes of actress and producer Tamara Tunie, tv personality and designer Carson Kressley, E! News correspondent Alicia Quarles, US Bobsled Team member Jazmine Fenlator, and tv news and sports personalities Andrea Joyce and Harry Smith.

The gala's private dinner at the Central Park Boathouse found pinnacles of fashion, business, and philanthropy enjoying a lovely celebration of FSH, including honoring this year's five graduating seniors. Iman, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Michael Bloomberg, Tracey Reese, Kenneth Cole, B Michael, and Tina & Terry Lundgren, were just some of the dinner's notable guests.

Funds from this year's gala will go towards the new "The Future Is Now" campaign, which will help engage even more children and spread FSH's core values of resiliency, hard work, teamwork, and leadership to girls in other under-resourced communities.

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