Tribute to Life show on tap for Aug. 11

6 Aug

Ruslan Goncharov, 2006 Olympic ice dance bronze medalist, will headline the fourth annual Tribute to Life ice exhibition on Aug. 11 at the Newington Arena in Newington, Conn.

The show will honor David Drake, a Somers, Conn., resident and avid adult figure skater who died of cancer in January 2008. Drake’s friends and fellow skaters are organizing the show.

“David was a very special person with a warm and engaging personality,” event chairperson Petra Mursch said. “Even when he was frail from his treatment and too sick to skate anymore, he continued coming to the rink and supporting his friends.”

All proceeds from the event benefit the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center at Hartford Hospital.

Also on the evening’s program are Skating with the Stars champion Fred Palascak and his partner, Melanie Lambert, who is the Dancing on Ice champion (British version); the U.S. champion and World bronze medalist Haydenettes; the U.S. bronze medalist ice dance team of Madison Hubbell and Connecticut native Zachary Donohue and the pairs team of Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin.

For tickets and information, email, call 860.294.4758 or call the Newington Arena at 860.665.7825. Directions can be found at

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