CLEVELAND - For 14 years, Scott Hamilton has put Cleveland in the skating spotlight for one very special night each November.
This year, Hamilton will bring an all-star cast of figure skaters along with Grammy and Tony award-winner artist Cyndi Lauper to Quicken Loans arena on Sat. Nov. 2 for the 14th Annual ‘An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends' ice show and gala.
The annual event raises funds for The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) and its programs including the 4th Angel Mentoring Program, Chemocare.com and research projects through the Cleveland Clinic.
In 1997, Hamilton had a much publicized battle with testicular cancer, undergoing treatment at the Cleveland Clinic. But the war he has waged against cancer began long before his own cancer diagnosis.
For Hamilton the fight began when he was just a teenager, when cancer claimed the life of his mother in1977. Dorothy Hamilton never lived to see her son fulfill his dream of becoming a World and Olympic champion.
Hamilton has since become a spokesperson for Cleveland Clinic's Taussig Cancer Institute, where he founded the CARES Initiative in 1999. The CARES Initiative is comprised of three major components; the 4th Angel Mentoring Program, designed to match newly diagnosed patients with trained volunteers who are also cancer survivors, as well as matching new caregivers with a mentor; Chemocare.com , a unique website designed to help patients better understand the chemotherapy experience; and research funding.
WHAT: "An Evening with Scott Hamilton & Friends"
WHEN: Saturday Nov. 2
Ice Show: 5 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena. Black-tie gala: 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.
TICKETS: Start at $29.50. Tickets are available by visiting theqarena.com or calling 1-800-332-2287 or 216-420-2200.
Tickets to the gala benefit dinner are available by calling Carrie Emch at 216.444.0611 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more information on The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative call the CARES hotline at 216-445-2573 or visit scottcares.org .