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