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Makarova heads up cast for Monsey charity show

Skate-To-Learn exhibition slated for Sunday, April 29, at Sport-O-Rama

Olympic and world competitor Ksenia Makarova of Russia will perform for a great cause at Skate-To-Learn this Sunday in Monsey, N.Y.
Olympic and world competitor Ksenia Makarova of Russia will perform for a great cause at Skate-To-Learn this Sunday in Monsey, N.Y. (Getty Images)

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(04/24/2012) - Russian champion and Olympian Ksenia Makarova, U.S. pewter medalists Gretchen Donlan and Andrew Speroff and others will take part in the second annual Skate-To-Learn on Sunday, April 29, at Sport-O-Rama in Monsey, N.Y.

The show, which benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of New Jersey and Brooklyn Ice, will also feature world junior bronze medalists Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, two-time Junior Grand Prix bronze medalist Samantha Cesario and performers from Ice Theater of New York.

The show is produced by national competitors Christine Mozer, David Cruikshank and Courtney Taylor, junior national competitor Christie Corn and North Atlantic Regional competitor Emma Krinsky. Mozer, Cruikshank and Taylor co-produced last year's show, which raised more than $18,000 for charity.

"Boys & Girls Clubs is a terrific organization that provides fun and educational after-school activities for kids, and a large part of our proceeds will be allocated to the Boys & Girls Club of Lodi/Hackensack, which is still undergoing repairs because of the damage it suffered in Hurricane Irene," Taylor said.

Brooklyn Ice, a free after-school program founded in 2005, provides figure skating lessons and enrichment classes to Brooklyn children living near Prospect Park.

"The Brooklyn Ice kids are awesome, and the program teaches them how to skate and enables them to make lasting friendships," Cruikshank said.

Krinsky is involved in putting together a group number composed of skaters at Sport-O-Rama.

"Kids at the rink really want to help out in any way they can, and we've had an amazing response from the skaters," she said.

Corn, an associate producer of last year's show, feels that programs such as Brooklyn Ice are vital.

"I think it's so important for kids to have quality after-school activities, and skating is great exercise and just so much fun," she said.

Skate-To-Learn is sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating and is being sponsored by the Skating Club of New York. Tickets for the 3:00 p.m. show are $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. Tickets can be obtained by e-mailing skatetolearn2011@gmail.com, visiting www.skate-to-learn.org or can be purchased at the door.