On April 1, 2017, despite an April Fool’s snowstorm, enough people braved the weather to make the Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer event at Conway Arena a resounding success! Sponsored by the Gate City Figure Skating Club and supported by Conway Arena and the Main Dunstable School, our Skate-a-thon and corresponding public skate for charity raised nearly $9,000 for the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, and the bake sale, raffles and silent auction raised an additional $3000 for a local family battling cancer.
Skaters participated by registering, raising money and skating in a Frozen 5K. The top five fundraisers as of March 31 (Jenna CaraDonna, Eleanor Quarles, Allison Clark, Gracie Dortona, and Emily Frederickson) were honored on the ice and invited to perform a program during the Sk8 to Elimin8 event. Additional Frozen 5K participants were Jackie Knight, Sarah Bourbeau, Morgan Read, Kiley McNeil, Julia Fellows, Emily Langley, Caeli Bench, Madelyn Hallisey, Isabelle Hallisey, Emily Fauteux, Sarah Mosher, Annette Schlunk, Paige Rowan, and Isabella DiVernieri. Coaches, friends and family also took to the ice to show their support.
After Skate-a-thon participants skated a Frozen 5K (30 laps around the rink), the general public took the ice, contributing $25 per family to the foundation. The Main Dunstable School was well represented with many families turning out to support their classmate Dylan KIein who has been fighting cancer since he was nine years old. In addition to skating, there were over 30 raffle baskets, each with a different theme, and a silent auction featured Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins tickets in addition to other choice items. Nashua North High School Honor Society members volunteered and ran games and face painting.
Our annual Spring Show on June 3, "Live – Love –Skate" featured a spotlight on our number one fundraiser, Jenna CaraDonna, who raised $905 for the foundation through her personal fund-raising page!
Generous local merchants and dozens of families, skaters, coaches, teachers and other individuals donated items, baked goods, money and time to make this event a success.
The Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation raises money for cancer research, education and survivorship. The foundation grants money to programs across the country that are researching cures and early diagnosis, as well as funding education about cancer and survivorship. To find out more about the Scott Hamilton Cares Foundation, click here.