Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship

Annual Gala 2003

An Evening with Scott Hamilton & Friends on Ice

The fourth annual “An Evening with Scott Hamilton & Friends” on November 22, 2003 brought 5,000 figure skating enthusiasts to Cleveland’s Gund Arena to celebrate life, survivorship and support for the Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative.

The star-studded evening began with performances on ice by Scott Hamilton and an impressive assortment of Olympic and World champions, including Paul Wylie, Sasha Cohen, Rosalynn Sumners, Caryn Kadavy, Parker Pennington, Pairs champions Isabell Brasseur and Lloyd Eisler, and Katie Orscher and Garrett Lucash, Silvia Fontana, and Ryan Jahnke. Musical performances by the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin and recording artist and Emmy-nominated actor Ron Raines completed the entertainment.

Continuing the celebration of life and the theme of moving ahead, Scott and his wife, Tracie, provided the grand finale by introducing their two-month-old son, Aidan, to roars of support from the audience. Following the performance, the upbeat mood of the evening continued at the Gala benefit at the Renaissance Hotel. Nearly 1,100 people – a record attendance – filled the Grand Ballroom to enjoy a five-star dinner and dancing to live music. Civic leader and philanthropist Maria Miller chaired the benefit.

There was even more reason to celebrate when the final tally for the event was completed – “An Evening with Scott Hamilton & Friends” raised $1.1 million for the research and patient programs of the Taussig Cancer Center.

In Tribute to a Special Lady
An empty chair placed on the ice paid silent tribute to Scott Hamilton’s long-time friend, supporter and mentor, the late Helen McLoraine, during one special skating number. Scott skated a moving, heartfelt solo to “Only One Life,” creating a uniquely appropriate farewell to a special woman who loved figure skating and generously supported the CARES Initiative.

“Only One Life,” ©2003 The Jimmy Webb Music Co. Performed by Michael Feinstein


Presenting Sponsors

MBNA America

Medical Mutual

Platinum Media Sponsor

The Plain Dealer

Platinum Sponsors

The Jack N. and Lilyan Mandel Foundation

The Pioneer Fund

Official Sponsors

The Forest City Enterprises Charitable Foundation

The Samuel H. and Maria Miller Foundation

Champion Sponsors

Independence Excavating, Inc.

The Ross Trotter Foundation

Gold Medal Table Sponsors

Mr. Vincent T. and Mrs. Patricia Aveni

AVI Foodsystems, Inc.

Ben Venue Laboratories

Mr. David Brennan

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Consolidated Graphics Group

Doner Advertising

Elevation Group

The Umberto Fedeli Family and The Peter Spitalieri Family

Gallagher Pipino, Inc.

Mr. Gerald and Mrs. Betty Gordon

Mr. Harley Gross and Mr. Gary Gross

Mr. Robert Kain / IMG

Mr. Lucius B. McKelvey

Ohio Cancer Research Associates

Ohio Savings Bank

Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Tomsich

J.M. Smucker Company

Staples, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Brian J. Taussig

Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Silver Medal Table Sponsors


Mr. Edward and Mrs. Kitty Butler

Ms. Flora Cafaro and Mr. Anthony Cafaro

The Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Clinic Health System Eastern Region

Corinne L. Dodero Trust for the Arts & Sciences

Fifth Third Bank

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Glickman

Hirsch Electric Company

John (Jack) J. Kahl, Jr.

Mr. Bernie J. Kosar, Jr.

Mr. Abraham and Mrs. Barbara Miller

Mr. Norman Millstein

Mr. and Mrs. A. Malachi Mixon, III

Ortho Biotech Products

Panzica Construction Company / Mr. Nacy Panzica

Mr. James G. Pilla

Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP

Visconsi Companies Ltd.

Bronze Medal Table Sponsors

AstraZeneca LP

Cell Therapeutics, Inc.

Chiron BioPharma

The Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological Institute

Dittrick & Associates

Eli Lilly and Company

General Motors-Parma

Gorman-Lavelle Corporation

IDEC Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Mr. Lee C. Weingart / LNE Group

Robert P. Madison International

MGI Pharma

Pepsi Americas

Pfizer Oncology

Roche Laboratories, Inc.

SCK Design, Inc.

Dr. Conrad Simpfendorfer


Turner Construction Company

Gold Patrons

Drs. Glenn R. and Jeanette Grasselli Brown

Mr. and Mrs. John K. Gerrek

Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Gund

Dr. Michael Joyce

Silver Patrons

The Ferchill Group

Mr. Robert J. Knazek / E.P.I. of Cleveland

Mr. Dale and Mrs. Heidi Lewis

Dr. John and Mrs. Susan Tetzlaff

Mr. Steve and Mrs. Rose Viny

Bronze Patrons

Mr. Steve D. Bullock

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Czech

Mr. William Delaney

Mr. Bill and Mrs. Dianne Derrick

Jan Frandsen, NP-C and Kathy Henry, M.D.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gerlach

Ms. Diann Hamilton

Mr. and Mrs. William Hamilton

Mr. Dennis Hodson

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce D. Horsfall

Mr. Jim Irwin and Ms. Donna Luby

Mr. Jack Kopinsky

Dr. Susan B. LeGrand

Mr. Theodore Long

MAC Mechanical Corporation

Mrs. Ervin Mason

Mr. Geoffrey R. Masten

Ms. Nicole Moore

Ms. Rosemary Moore

Mrs. Nadine Morrison

Ms. Jennifer D. Nicholson

Northcoast Concrete

Mr. Patrick Prato

Ms. Sandy Russo

Saks Incorporated

Mr. James and Mrs. Judy Salmond

Ms. Tracy Snare

Ms. Lori Soja

Mr. Donald H. Spitz

Ms. Ruth H. Studer

Ms. Sarah Todd

Tomco Metal Fabricating, Inc.

Dr. and Mrs. David Wallace

Dr. Arthur L. Weinstein

Official Media Sponsors

WKYC Channel 3

The Wave 107.3FM

Special Thanks To

Arnie Klein of Blooms by Plantscaping

The Cleveland Skating Club

Marty & Norma Conn of Marty Conn National Entertainment for the music of Nightbreeze


International Figure Skating Magazine

Elevation Group

Morton’s Steakhouse

Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation

The Pioneer Fund

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland

J.M. Smucker Co.

Michael Sterling & Associates

Tower City Center

Cindy & Larry Trotter

All of the volunteers that made this event possible