Annual Gala 2008
An Evening with Scott Hamilton & Friends on Ice
The ninth annual “An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends,” held on Saturday, Nov. 8, combined world-class figure skating with Grammy award-winning music, all for the benefit of the Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative in the Taussig Cancer Institute. Through the sale of event tickets – more than 4,000 of which were purchased by employees – as well as private and corporate sponsorships, and ticket sales for a post-event gala, “An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends” raised nearly $1 million for the Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative, an important foundation at Cleveland Clinic that supports the 4th Angel program and Chemocare.com, and also funds research to find a cure for cancer.
Scott Hamilton and fellow Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi welcomed the crowd of more than 7,000 who filled Quicken Loans Arena to watch performances by Todd Eldredge, Yuka Sato, Evan Lysacek, Caryn Kadavy, Michael Weiss and many more. Kenny Loggins and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, under the direction of Carl Topilow, performed live and provided the music for the skating routines.
The theme of the night, “One Can Make a Difference,” was brought to life midway through the show when Derek Raghavan, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Taussig Cancer Institute, took the stage with 16-year-old Josh Berns, co-founder of The Race, a breast cancer fundraising event held annually on Mother’s Day. Josh took the occasion to present Dr. Raghavan with a check for $108,940, representing the funds raised by the 2008 event for Taussig Cancer Institute.
The evening continued at the Renaissance Hotel ballroom with another fundraiser – a gala event – that also benefited the Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative. About 700 guests bought tickets to the gala, hosted by Event Chair Maria Miller, and danced the night away while mingling with skating stars and Kenny Loggins and his band.
Over the last nine years, “An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends” has raised more than $10 million for the Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative, which has allowed for the funding of more than $2 million in research projects. This year alone, CARES has awarded more than $400,000 in research grants.
Todd Eldredge – World Champion
Jeffrey Buttle – World Champion
Jozef Sabovcik – Olympic Bronze Medalist
Yuka Sato – World Champion
Marie-France Dubreuil & Patrice Lauzon – World Silver Medalists
Evan Lysacek – US Champion
Michael Weiss – US Champion
Mirai Nagasu – US Champion
Keauna McLaughlin & Rockne Brubaker – US National Champions
Caryn Kadavy – Olympic Bronze Medalist
Steven Cousins – British Champion
Jennifer Robinson – Canadian Champion