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An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends

Dr. Toby Cosgrove and Scott Hamilton
(An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends)

William Shatner, Martha Towns and Elizabeth Shatner
(An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends)

Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander, Tom Peterson and Rick Nielsen along with Rodney Crowell
(An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends)

Pauline Helton, Sam Miller, Maria Miller and Robert Helton
(An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends)

Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute
“An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends”

    Scott Hamilton returned to the ice — this time for cancer. The 10th annual “An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends” was even more spectacular than usual. The 51-year-old Olympic champion made good on a challenge he accepted at last’s year’s event from his co-host Kristi Yamaguchi, also a former Olympian. She dared him to skate in 2009 if she did too. He did, and it was impressive — back flips and all!  The crowd gave him a rousing standing ovation! 
    The ice skating spectacular at Quickens Loans Arena was filled to capacity with 8,000 attendees. The show had a Beatles theme, with more than a dozen world-class figure skaters performing to some of the group’s most beloved songs. Cheap Trick provided vocals and music, along with Carl Topilow and the Cleveland POPS Orchestra.  Another guest star was singer, Brooke White, who leaped into the limelight during the 2008 season of “American Idol.”
    After the show, the glamorous dinner at the Renaissance Hotel sold out at 840 guests. Annual chairwoman, Maria Miller, designed the décor with Arne Klein from Plant Scaping. Among the guests were friends of Scott and Tracy Hamilton’s such as actor William Shatner and his wife Elizabeth, singer Rodney Crowell and wife Claudia Church, and actress Kim Paisley. 
    The star-studded evening was a benefit for the Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute. More than $1 million was raised. STORY BY CAROLINE R. MERK/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROBERT MULLER

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