Yuka Sato headlines March 12 Champions for Charity benefit

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Two-time Olympian and 1994 World Champion figure skater Yuka Sato and her husband, U.S. National Pairs champion Jason Dungjen, headline two Northern Illlinois Skating Club Champions for Charity on Ice Seventh Annual Benefit shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, March 12 at Carlson Arctic Ice Arena.

This year’s theme is “Seasons of Love.” Proceeds from the show will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Rockford Health System’s Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.

Skating icons Viktor Petrenko, Surya Bonaly and Rudy Galindo, among others, have teamed up at previous Champions for Charity benefits to raise thousands for St. Jude and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.

In addition to the skating pair of Sato and Dungjen, this year’s event will also include performances by Matt Savoie, who finished fourth in the 2005 U.S. Nationals; Jason Heffron and Jacqueline Matson, who finished sixth in senior pairs in the 2005 Pacific Coast Sectionals; Molly and Nathan Raymond, Junior National dance team; and the Revolution Sychronized skating teams.

Held in previous years at the MetroCentre in the downtown River District, this year’s show, as with last year’s show, will return to the Carlson Arctic Ice Arena for two performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $25, $30, $40 and $65 for VIP tickets. VIP tickets include middle, front-row, on-ice seats; an autographed program; and access to the hospitality room at intermission.

Tickets may be ordered by calling Pat at 885-3506 or Robin at 381-0847, or by e-mailing a request for tickets and Visa or MasterCard credit card information to schultzrwe@insightbb.com. More info: www.northernillinoisskatingclub.com.

The skating event is held in conjunction with Rockford Country Q98.5’s March 11-12 radiothon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Radiothon hours are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, March 11, and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, March 12. Radiothon phone number is 1-888-286-HOPE (4673).

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