On September 8th, 100 girls headed to Pleasant Prairie Ice Plex for 8 straight hours of ice-skating to benefit the Stephanie Joseph Memorial Fund and the Andrew McDonough Be Positive Foundation. Be Positive funds cancer research and gives money and support to families who are helping their child battle cancer.
The girls were tired. Their feet were sore. The rink was cold.
The smiles never melted from their faces.
They made t-shirts with their team names: Stephanie’s Angels, Best Skating Friends, Cancer Crushers… their big hearts were up to the 8 hour challenge.
Katherine Hill, the chairman of SJMF, taught them a skating routine; Ray Austin from the Chicago Bears entertained them by strapping on skates along with a pink tutu; and Hamidah Ahmad, Disney on Ice performer, kept the girls energized throughout the day.
When the skaters weren’t on the ice, they made cards to send to kids currently fighting cancer that are connected to Be Positive, crafted picture frames to hold pictures they took on the All Star Celebrity stage, and learned more about SJMF from Ray Austen and Elizabeth Clark, a past scholarship recipient.
The night was capped off by an exhibition featuring competitive skaters Jason Brown and Jordan Moeller as well as a number of synchronized skating teams that skated for the whole 8 hours before their performance!
The skaters had a blast spending the day with their friends and skating for a good cause.
In the end, they raised over $14,000!
We are already deep in the planning for next year and can’t wait to continue to build community and raise awareness and funds for people like Stephanie, who give of themselves fully every day, regardless of their circumstances.