Friday, October 5, 2012

ITNY 2012 Annual Benefit Gala Event Honors Dwyer


Richard "Mr. Debonair" Dwyer performed this lovely number choreographed by Karen Kresge & Lisa Navarro as the 2012 Ice Theatre of New York Honoree.


Ice Theatre of New York's 2012 annual Benefit Gala and Performance honored America's most beloved ice show star, Richard "Mr. Debonair" Dwyer on Monday, October 22nd, 2012.  Mr. Dwyer also holds the Guinness World Record of the longest performing show skater in the world and was awarded a commemorative plaque at the end of his inspiring performance.

L to R Linda Fratianne, Dorthy Hamill, Sarah Hughes, Richard Dwyer, Debbie Gordon & Aja Zanova. Linda & Dorothy are wearing gowns created and donated by designer, Nicole Miller of  NYC.
This year's Ice Angel Award went to ITNY trustee, volunteer, and supporter, Debbie Gordon.  Debbie thanked her beloved husband for supporting her efforts and accepted her award during the benefit dinner at the Lighthouse Restaurant on Pier 61 at Chelsea Piers, NYC.

Author & Editor Dr. M and Gina Magda at the cocktail party & benefit dinner held at the Lighthouse Restaurant, Chelsea Piers.

The Ice Theatre of New York's 2012 Arts & Business Partnership Award goes to Ice Skating Institute.

The the curtain went up at exactly 7 pm on the performance at Sky Rink, Chelsea Piers featuring Richard Dwyer and his Celebrity Dwyer Girls: Tai Babilonia, Dorothy Hamill, Linda Fratianne and JoJo Starbuck. Ryan Bradley, the 2011 US Men's Champion, was their guest performer.

Ice Theatre of New York performed selected pieces from its repertory, including the world premiere of a piece inspired by the music from Oscar-winning movie "The Artist", choreographed by Ice Theatre's Artistic Director Douglas Webster. Other repertory on the program are a re-stagings of "Inclusions" choreographed by Alberto Del Saz and "Transitions" by Douglas Webster. Some of the featured performers in the Ice Theatre repertory included Kim Navarro & Brent Bommentre, Sinead & John Kerr, Elisa Angeli, Joel Dear, Nicole Bobek, Ryan Bradley and Tyrrell Gene.
Past honoree, Dorothy Hamill (far left) poses with Richard Dwyer and Guests at the cocktail party and dinner following his performance.

Table settings for the Gala Benefit Dinner

This year we are also honoring the ISI, Ice Skating Institute, for their pioneering programming of tests and competitions from tot level through adult recreational skaters.  They were the first to structure competition to provide encouragement and reward participation. The ISI emphasizes en"joy"ment in skating performance; which is why they pair fittingly with our Honoree Richard Dwyer and with Ice Theatre of New York's mission.
MC Micheal Buckley

The evening's MC , the ever effervescent Michael Buckley and Dr. M enjoyed Cocktails, auction, dinner and award ceremony at The Lighthouse, Chelsea Piers immediately after the performance (about 8:15PM)


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