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Five-Time Grammy Award Winner Wynnona Judd to Headline Cleveland's Must-Attend Fundraiser

All 13 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists in Figure Skating to Attend in Honor of the Event’s 13th Year

September 24, 2012

The Taussig Cancer Institute at Cleveland Clinic is proud to announce the star-studded lineup for the 13th Annual “An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends” ice show and gala, planned for Saturday, Nov. 3, 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’s event promises to be even more spectacular with five-time Grammy award-winner Wynonna Judd as the musical guest. Called the “greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline” by Rolling Stone, Wynonna has sold more than 30 million albums throughout her nearly three decade career.

Performing with Scott and Wynonna at the event will be more than a dozen Olympic, U.S. and World skating champions, including Dorothy Hamill, Brian Boitano, Joannie Rochette, Jozef Sabovcik, Yuka Sato, Nicole Bobek, Jeremy Abbott, Alissa Czisney, Caryn Kadavy, Ashley Wagner, Ryan Bradley, John and Sinead Kerr, and Rockne Brubaker. In honor of the event’s 13th year, all 13 U.S. Olympic gold medalists in figure skating will also attend, including Dick Button (1948 & 1952), Tenley Albright (1956), Hayes Alan Jenkins (1956), Carol Heiss (1960), David Jenkins (1960), Peggy Fleming (1968), Dorothy Hamill (1972), Scott Hamilton (1984), Brian Boitano (1988), Kristi Yamaguchi (1992), Tara Lipinski (1998), Sarah Hughes (2002) and Evan Lysacek (2010).

This impressive array of talent will come together for one special night to raise funds for The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative. Scott turned his experience with testicular cancer and then a benign brain tumor into an opportunity to help others with cancer. He is now a lifetime 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;, 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,” presented by Medical Mutual of Ohio, will kick off with an ice show at 5 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena. A black-tie gala, hosted by event chair Maria Miller, follows at 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Tickets for the ice show will go on sale Oct. 1 and start at $29.50. Tickets are available by visiting 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

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