CLEVELAND -- It's a star-studded line up for the 12th Annual "An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends" ice show and gala, planned for Saturday, Nov. 5 at Quicken Loans Arena.
Every year, Scott Hamilton reaches out to his closest friends in the music and skating worlds to pull off a truly must-see event, which raises funds for The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) at Cleveland Clinic.
This year nine-time Grammy award-winner Sheryl Crow will be the musical guest. Crow is a multitalented songwriter, producer and actress, who has released seven studio albums which sold more than 35 million copies worldwide.
In 2006, Crow was diagnosed with stage one ductal carcinoma in situ, the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer, when she was 44 after a routine mammogram.
Also appearing will be more than a dozen Olympic and World skating champions, including co-host Kristi Yamaguchi, Dorothy Hamill, Katia Gordeeva, Ilia Kulik, Sasha Cohen, Jeffrey Buttle, Jozef Sabovcek, Joannie Rochette, Kimmie Meissner, Caryn Kadavy, Michael Weiss, Ryan Bradley, Steven Cousins and Sinead and John Kerr.
Scott Hamilton turned his experience with testicular cancer and then a benign brain tumor into an opportunity to help others with cancer and is now a lifetime spokesperson for the Cleveland Clinic 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.
This year's "An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends" will kick off with an ice show at 5 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena. A black-tie gala follows at 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Tickets for the ice show will go on sale September 26th and will start at $29.50. Tickets are available by visiting www.theqarena.com or calling 1-800-332-2287 or 216-420-2200.
Tickets to the gala benefit dinner are available by calling Liz Lindecke, Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic at (216) 445-0099.
More information on The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative is available by calling the CARES hotline at (216) 445-2573 or visiting www.scottcares.org.