ICE THEATRE OF NEW YORK IS PROUD TO PRESENT
2018 BENEFIT GALA AND PERFORMANCE
OCTOBER 15, 2018
HONORING WORLD AND OLYMPIC CHAMPION
New York, NY: Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) is proud to announce the launch of its 2018/2019 Season by bringing together world-class professional skaters, past honorees, and Olympic champions at its 2018 Benefit Gala and Performance on October 15, 2018 in New York City. The Honoree of the evening will be none other than two-time World and Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi. Olympic Champion Dr. Tenley Albright will serve as Honorary Chair and Olympic Champion Scott Hamilton will preside over the festivities as Master of Ceremonies. Co-Chairs of the event include Tira Harpaz, Joseph Kasputys and David Tewksbury.
The evening will include a performance by the ITNY Ensemble and the presentation of our annual Ice Angel Award to long-serving board member Violet Eagan and ITNY’s third annual Alumni Award to ice artists, Stephanee Grosscup and Kenny Moir.
The Home Season performances will take place on Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13 at 7:00 P.M. Performance only tickets range from $25 to $50 and VIP seating on the ice is $1,000.
On the night of the Gala the performance at Sky Rink will be followed by cocktails, dinner, live auction and awards at the Lighthouse, both on Pier 61 at Chelsea Piers. Benefit Gala tickets start at $400 (this early-bird price is valid through September 17).
Home Season performances –
Friday, October 12 at 7:00 P.M. – $25 side seating and $50 center seating
Saturday, October 13 at 7:00 P.M. – $25 side seating, $50 center seating
Monday, October 15 at 7:00 P.M. – $25 side seating, Gala seating starts at $400
About Ice Theatre of New York
Founded in 1984 by Moira North, Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) has changed the face of figure skating by creating works that integrate the sensibilities of movement, music and art. Its mission is to elevate dance on ice as a performance art. Through its performances in both traditional and site-specific venues, ITNY presents ice dance that opens one’s eyes to seeing skating in unexpected ways. ITNY was the first ice dance company to receive dance program funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. In addition to building and performing works of artistic merit, ITNY also reaches out to the next generation of skaters and audiences through education, community outreach and training programs.
Kristi Yamaguchi – Honoree
Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi is a fourth-generation Japanese American. Her mother was born in an internment camp during World War II. Kristi had casts and braces on her feet from birth until about 2 years old to correct her feet and legs. She wanted to try skating after seeing a local ice show. She had fallen in love with the performances and the costumes, music, and lighting. It didn’t hurt that skating also helped Kristi with strengthening and coordination. Kristi’s favorite toy when she was a young girl was a Dorothy Hamill doll that she carried everywhere. Kristi started off skating both singles and pairs with Rudy Galindo. Together they won one Junior and two Senior Pair titles. In 1992 Kristi won the U.S. National Championships in singles and went on to win the Olympics in Albertville, France later that year. Kristi is also a two-time World Champion, four-time World Professional Champion, and she toured with Stars on Ice from 1993 to 2002. She is a NY Times best-selling author of her children’s books Dream Big Little Pig, It’s a Big World Little Pig, and Cara’s Kindness. She has also appeared in several movies, television shows, and created the Always Dream Foundation for children. The foundation inspires underserved children to reach for their dreams through innovative reading programs, and by advancing the cause of early childhood literacy. Yamaguchi is a woman of many talents. Not only an accomplished skater, but, she took home the mirror ball trophy in season 6 of Dancing with The Stars. Today, she is married to Bret Hedican, who was also a 1992 Olympian, in hockey. She lives in Alamo, California with her husband and two daughters.
The 2018 Home Season is supported, in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. ITNY is also supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and NYC Council Member Mark Levine.
Additionally, ITNY receives funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Lisa McGraw Figure Skating Foundation, the Richard T. Button Foundation, the Victor C. and Clara C. Battin Foundation, the Will Sears Foundation, and its generous private patrons.