April 1, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Celebrated American couturier and ready-to-wear designer
will be honored along with Emmy®-nominated sportscaster
Monday, April 8, 2013
at Figure Skating in Harlem's 2013 Skating with the Stars Gala.
The Skating with the Stars Gala is Figure Skating in Harlem's annual benefit where the world's greatest skaters, celebrities, corporate and community leaders come together for a fun-filled evening of ice skating at the Trump Rink in Central Park. Esteemed guests and attendees will experience the thrill of skating side-by-side with their favorite Olympians. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on exciting auction items at charitybuzz.com to benefit the deserving young girls of Figure Skating Harlem. Tickets are available for purchase by calling 212.222.8240.
"I am humbled by this recognition from Figure Skating Harlem," says B Michael, creative director and founder of b michael AMERICA. "It is an honor to help these wonderful young ladies and empower them to reach for and achieve their dreams. They are the real stars, and it is important that we all continue to help them shine."
Of the event
says, "I am truly delighted to be part of the Figure Skating in Harlem Skating with the Stars Gala. Through my work as a sports reporter at NBC, I have developed a true appreciation and love for figure skating and have learned firsthand the vital importance of an organization like FSH. I look forward to saluting the dedication and commitment of the students, staff and supporters!"
The 2013 Gala Event Chairs are:
, CEO and Chairman of American Express, and his wife
; 2012 honoree
Terry J. Lundgren
, CEO, Chairman of the Board, President and Director of Macy's Inc., and his wife,
. The event's Honorary Chairs are phenomenal actresses
. Other notable attendees scheduled to attend include: actor
fashion model and journalist
, ice hockey great
2013 Mallory Hagan
, entertainment journalist
, entertainer and entrepreneur
, news personality
Last year's Skating with the Stars Gala honorees were
. The event raised more than
for Figure Skating Harlem, including
from The Pioneer Fund to support the expansion of the organization's innovative academic and fitness programs.
To help provide hundreds of girls from the Harlem community with life changing opportunities you too can make a difference by making a donation online,
About Figure Skating in Harlem
Figure Skating in Harlem is the first non-profit organization of its kind, combining the power of education with the discipline of figure skating to transform young lives and help underserved girls achieve academic success, physical health and emotional well-being. Founded in 1997 by
, Figure Skating Harlem's vision is to empower every young girl, regardless of her socio-economic background, with the foundational academic, social and leadership skills to achieve her dreams.
About B Michael
Fashion innovator, pacesetter and legend B Michael began his career as a milliner and honed his skills as a fashion designer and couturier while working in the ateliers of leading designers including
Oscar de la Renta
. B Michael launched his own label in 1998 and is now at the helm of a multi-faceted brand that is
100% made in America
and includes the flagship couture collection, and recently released b michael
ready-to-wear collection available at select Macy's nationwide. A favorite among some of the most photographed women in the world; B Michael's designs have been worn by Beyoncé,
, among others. Mr. Michael has presented collections worldwide and is a dedicated philanthropist and supporter of organizations that educate and empower young people, thereby shaping the leaders of tomorrow.
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About Andrea Joyce
Through her work as a television sports reporter, Andrea has been part of the figure skating community for more than 20 years. The upcoming Sochi Olympics in 2014 will be her 11th Olympics. She has been the sideline reporter for numerous Olympic Sports including: soccer, swimming, diving, gymnastics, short track and long track speed skating, freestyle skiing and of course figure skating. Over the years Andrea has covered the NBA, MLB, NFL and numerous collegiate sporting events, including the NCAA Final Four. She worked at ESPN for a short time, then at CBS for ten years until 1999, and has been at NBC Sports ever since. Andrea has just been nominated for a National Emmy Award in the category of "Outstanding Sports Reporter."