The number 13 has earned some negative connotations over the years, a reputation even 1984 Olympic champion Scott Hamilton can admit.
“When I heard the number 13, I kind of got scared about it being unlucky,” Hamilton said. “In the history of figure skating, though, there have been 13 skaters from the United States to win the Olympic gold medal— so it’s kind of a nice number.”
So nice in fact, that it seems to be the underlying theme of Hamilton’s 13th annual show, “An Evening with Scott Hamilton & Friends,” at which all 13 U.S. Olympic champions are expected to attend, together in the same room, for the very first time.
The show’s proceeds will benefit the Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute, where Hamilton won his own battle with testicular cancer in 1997, and Scott Hamilton’s CARES (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) Initiative, which Hamilton founded 13 years ago, in 1999.
At least thirteen U.S., World and Olympic medalists are expected to perform, including reigning U.S. champions Ashley Wagner and Jeremy Abbott, along with Alissa Czisny, Rockne Brubaker and Ryan Bradley. The evening will also feature a performance by five-time Grammy award winning artist Wynonna Judd, who has sold more than 10 million albums in her three decade career.
Hamilton’s CARES Initiative strives to further the war on cancer by empowering patients and their families via education and guidance, and support those affected by the disease through the 4th Angel Mentoring Program, which offers free, one-on-one, confidential outreach and support from mentors who have successfully made the journey from diagnosis to recovery.
The CARES Initiative also informs patients through Chemocare.com, a website is designed to provide the latest information and answers to questions about chemotherapy to patients and their families, caregivers and friends. In addition to patient support, the CARES Initiative’s vision is to promote and support world class research that might ultimately lead to a cure for cancer.
The show, held annually at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, is set to take place Sat. Nov. 3 at 5 p.m., followed by a gala benefit at Cleveland’s Renaissance Hotel ballroom. Tickets are available at theqarena.com and 1-800-332-2287 or 216-420-2200.
Tickets to the gala benefit dinner are available by calling Liz Lindecke, Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic at 216- 445-0099.
For more information on The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative call the CARES hotline at 216-445-2573 or visit scottcares.org.