Sunday, July 14, 2013

A worthy benefit . . .

Yesterday I attended a benefit to raise money for Darin Hosier, a local ice skating coach with national connections who came down with colon cancer in November.  I was there because my Granddaughter was part of a team from Castle Ice who performed along with youth from other local rinks.  The kids did a great job, putting together a complex program with only two weeks to prepare.  Of course, they practiced multiple hours a day over that two week period.  The benefit also brought out the following skaters with  national and international reputations.  They did a wonderful job.  I am in awe of their athleticism and stamina.

  • Michael Weiss, a two time Olympian, two time World Bronze Medalist and three time National Champion, 
  • Rachael Flatt, an Olympian, US National Champion, National Silver Medalist, and World Junior Champion, and
  • Ben Aggosto, a 2006 Olympic Silver Medalist, 4 time World Medalist, and the 2004-2008 US Champion.
If this wasn't enough to make it a great evening, Kristi Yamaguchi, 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist, attended as the master of ceremonies.  Since we were early, we were able to watch them warm up as did Kristi who sat just to the left of where we were on the rink's floor.  I apologized for taking the picture, but she said no problem and was open to signing autographs and engaging with some of the many kids and adults in attendance.  The stars also attended a reception after the performance where they spent a long time signing autographs and taking pictures.

Here is my Granddaughter with Ben Aggosto signing her program.


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