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Weir to perform at ITNY benefit gala

Three-time U.S. champ to make last scheduled performance in New York area this year

Johnny Weir will be honored by the Ice Theatre of New York on Oct. 24.
Johnny Weir will be honored by the Ice Theatre of New York on Oct. 24. (Getty Images)

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By Ice Theatre of New York
(10/12/2011) - Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY), the nation's premier ice dancing ensemble, will host the company's annual benefit gala and performance Monday, Oct. 24, at Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers. Festivities include a performance featuring three-time U.S. champion and two-time Olympian Johnny Weir in his last scheduled performance in the New York area this year.

Skating legend Aja Zanova, visionary ice show promoter Tom Collins and founder of Fireworks Sports Marketing Tara Modlin will co-chair a star-studded benefit honoring Weir at The Lighthouse in Chelsea Piers immediately following the show.

"I'm so excited to be honored by Ice Theatre of New York because I have admired their commitment to the art and sport of figure skating for as long as I can remember," Weir said. "I'm also thrilled to have another opportunity to perform at my home base, New York City."

"We honor Johnny Weir for being an enthusiastic supporter of artistic skating as well as someone who 'dares to be different,' " said Moira North, ITNY's artistic director.

Weir joins an esteemed list of ITNY honorees, including Dick Button, Dorothy Hamill, Scott Hamilton, Nancy Kerrigan, Vera Wang, Paul Wylie and Zanova.

In addition to honoring Weir, ITNY will present the Ice Angel Award to Margarita Sears and the Will Sears Fund for their generous support of the creation of new works for the company. Ice Rink Events, the leading manufacturer of modular ice technologies, will be recognized with the Arts & Business Partnership Award for supporting Ice Theatre of New York with quality ice surfaces for the proscenium stage.