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TODAY anchor to host "RISE" in New York

One night only event on Feb. 17, 2011

Matt Lauer of NBC News TODAY Show hosts one-night U.S. Figure Skating event broadcast live from Best Buy Theater in Times Square to nearly 500 theaters.
Matt Lauer of NBC News TODAY Show hosts one-night U.S. Figure Skating event broadcast live from Best Buy Theater in Times Square to nearly 500 theaters. (courtesy NBC News)

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(12/16/2010) - Matt Lauer of NBC News TODAY Show hosts one-night U.S. Figure Skating event broadcast live from Best Buy Theater in Times Square to nearly 500 theaters.

U.S. Figure Skating and NCM Fathom recently announced that tickets are available for a special one-night Fathom Event celebrating American figure skating and commemorating the 50th anniversary and legacy of the 1961 U.S. World Team tragedy.

The event, including pre-show, will be broadcast live from the Best Buy Theater in New York City's Times Square to nearly 500 movie theaters nationwide on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. MT/7:30 p.m. PT (tape delayed).

Hosted by Matt Lauer, co-anchor NBC News TODAY Show, the event will feature the premier of RISE and uniquely choreographed figure skating performances, including a piece by 2010 Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek.

An inspirational cinematic feature about the power of the human spirit, RISE will take audiences on a journey that honors a remarkable group of athletes who through their loss inspired the hopes, dreams and successes of some of the most iconic names in Olympic sports history. Interviews with RISE storytellers (Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano and Michelle Kwan), and reactions from other American figure skating legends, will proceed and follow the premiere of RISE.

Proceeds from RISE and the Feb. 17, 2011, event will be used to further the mission of U.S. Figure Skating's Memorial Fund, which was established Feb. 23, 1961, as a living tribute to those that lost their lives in the crash of Sabena Airlines Flight 548 en route to the World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

The Memorial Fund awards approximately $300,000 annually in grants and scholarships to skaters, recognizing excellence both on and off the ice. Tickets to the event are available at participating theater box offices and online at Fathom Events. For a complete list of theater locations, to purchase tickets and learn more about this historic event, visit rise1961.com (theaters and participants may be subject to change).