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Sept. 11 Families Give Back

Skater Nancy Kerrigan, who supports Mothers Against Drunk Driving, debuted the Ashford Diamong ring after performing an ``Ice on Ice'' media event at the rink at Rockefeller Center in New York City on Dec. 6, 1999. The 15-carat, colorless pear-shaped diamond worth an estimated $1.5 million is being worn by a variety of celebrities throughout the holidays to help raise funds for charity. (AP Photo/Ashford.com)
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The families of those killed in the terrorist attacks last Sept. 11 want to return some of the love and support they've received in the last year.

The Coalition of 9/11 Families have joined together to present a skating exhibition Friday evening at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The program, "Stars, Stripes and Skates," will benefit a scholarship fund for future victims of crime and terrorism (Funds raised will not go to families of those who lost loved ones at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon or the Pennsylvania plane crash).

World-class skating star Nancy Kerrigan, one of the participants to hit the ice for the program, visited The Early Show with details.

Kerrigan, an Olympic silver medallist, says she wanted to be a part of the fundraiser because she has always been a recipient of selflessness from others. She believes her skating can now help others.

The event also features several top figures, including Olympic gold medallist Viktor Petrenko, bronze medalist Timothy Goebel, and the four-time U.S. national champion ice team of Naomi Lang and Peter Tchernyshev.

Kerrigan says the program was the brainchild of Melissa Ielpi, a nurse and former figure skater who comes from a family of firefighters. One of her brothers, Jonathan, was among the firefighters who died trying to save others on Sept 11. Ielpi will also be performing at the event.

In addition to the star performances, there will be a patriotic performance by about 60 children from around the country, and a "skate-off" between New York City police, firefighters and Port Authority police.

For more information on "Star, Stripes and Skates" go to www.starsstripesandskates.org