Steamboat Figure Skating Club fundraiser Friday |

Steamboat Figure Skating Club fundraiser Friday

Ice show at Howelsen Ice Arena to benefit local skating club

— Live music and national-level ice skaters will take center stage Friday night during the Spring Fever Ice Show to benefit the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club.

"This is our main fundraiser each year, and it should be a lot of fun," Club Director Kim Haggarty said. "The skaters will perform to everything from Lady Gaga to the Eurythmics. This year, we wanted the skaters to have input into what songs they picked and what the show would look like."

The show will be built around 25 skaters in the club and about 15 from the Learn to Skate Program. The night will feature local musician Jon Gibbs, who will perform the Tim McGraw song "My Little Girl" during a performance featuring 14 skaters and their fathers.

Haggarty expects the number to be an instant favorite.

The show also will feature four elite skaters from the Denver area. The group will include sisters Morgan and Mariah Bell, who competed at the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C., in January. Morgan Bell finished ninth in the ladies short program, and Mariah Bell led the field in the novice short program and was third overall.

"She is amazing," Haggarty said about Mariah. "She is a real jaw-dropper."

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Madison Fox, 12, took second place in her qualifying round and eighth overall at the 2011 Southwest Regional Championships. She is the youngest skater to pass a senior-level test. The final skater is Thomas Schwappach, who placed fifth at the Southwest Regional.

The ice show is a major fundraiser for the club and has become a springtime tradition for members. In addition to top local skaters, Haggarty said the Volant and Mini Team Volant (for younger skaters) synchronized figure skating teams have been working all winter to prepare for this show.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for those 5 and younger. New this year will be a VIP area in the middle seating section. Tickets for this area are $25 and include complimentary appetizers, desserts, beer and wine. Tickets can be purchased at the Howelsen Ice Arena before the show or at the door.

— To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209 or e-mail

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