Figure Skating in Harlem Hosts 2013 Skating with the Stars Gala Honoring Fashion Designer B Michael and Journalist Andrea Joyce

   Figure Skating in Harlem Hosts 2013 Skating with the Stars Gala Honoring
            Fashion Designer B Michael and Journalist Andrea Joyce

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, April 10, 2013

NEW YORK, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Celebrated American couturier and
ready-to-wear designer B Michael was recently honored along with
Emmy®-nominated sportscaster Andrea Joyce, at Figure Skating in Harlem's 2013
Skating with the Stars Gala at Trump Rink in Central Park.

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The Skating with the Stars Gala is Figure Skating in Harlem's (FSH) 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 experienced the
thrill of skating side-by-side with their favorite Olympians. Guests also had
the opportunity to bid on exciting auction items to benefit the deserving
young girls of Figure Skating Harlem, including an evening gown from B Michael
America Couture Collection and front row tickets to the Couture Show during
New York Fashion Week this September.

"I am humbled by this recognition from Figure Skating in 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." The occasion was doubly rewarding for B
Michael, as the esteemed designer also launched his latest ready-to-wear
collection, b michael AMERICA RED, available at select retailers, including
select Macy's stores nationwide. For more information, please visit

Of the event Andrea Joyce 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 salute the dedication and commitment of the students, staff and

The 2013 Gala Event Chairs are: Kenneth Chenault, CEO and Chairman of
American Express, and his wife Kathryn Chenault; 2012 honoree Ellen Lowey;
Terry J. Lundgren, CEO, Chairman of the Board, President and Director of
Macy's Inc., and his wife, Tina Lundgren. The event's Honorary Chairs are
phenomenal actresses Phylicia Rashad, Tamara Tunie, and Cicely Tyson.
Co-Chairs include: Allison Schneirov Fisch, Candace S. Matthews and Teresa A.

Among the notable attendees present were: actor Federico Castelluccio, Sharon
Cohen, Mark-Anthony Edwards, Kenneth Chenault, Kathryn Chenault, David Frei,
Frederic Fekkai, Gregory Generet, Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan, Ellen
Lowey, Terry Lundgren, Tina Lundgren, Star Jones, LuAnn de Lesseps, Rhonda
Ross, Allison Schneirov-Fisch, Candace S. Matthews, Jean Shafiroff, Harry
Smith, Tamara Tunie and Vera Wang. Also in attendance were some of the
biggest stars from the ice skating world, including: Nicole Bobek, Dick
Button, Sasha Cohen, Javier Fernandez, Tim Goebel, Scott Hamilton, Emily
Hughes, Sarah Hughes, Tara Lipinski, Evan Lysacek, Kimmie Meisner, Adam
Rippon, JoJo Starbuck, Teresa A. Teague, Johnny Weir and Paul Wylie.

Highlights of the event included a lovely performance by Figure Skating in
Harlem students, who skated to Palladio and Alicia Key's Girl on Fire as dusk
settled in. Vera Wang also took to the ice, and all guests were then
transported to the Central Park Boathouse for festive lakeside cocktails and

Now in its 16th season, 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 Sharon Cohen, 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.


Helen Shelton
Finn Partners for b michael AMERICA

Jennifer Niederhoffer
Figure Skating in Harlem


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