New York! New York!

Apr 23, 2010

On April 6th a team of Amway employees and six Amway IBOs leaders from New York attended the Figure Skating in Harlem 2010 Skating with the Stars Gala.

Figure Skating in Harlem (FSH) is a nonprofit organization in Harlem New York committed to providing girls with vital educational and skating opportunities that build self-confidence, promote physical well being and academic achievement.

Candace Matthews, Amway Chief Marketing Office is the board chair of FSH and was honored by the organization along with Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi and Figure Skating in Harlem Board Chair Emerita, Tamara Tunie of Law & Order: SVU.

In attendance were famous ice skaters, hockey players, well known celebrities such as Donald Trump and the entire Cast of Law & Order: SVU. However, the most important stars present were the beautiful and talented girls who participate in the FSH programming.  That evening they performed to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Guest blogger, Luisa Schumacher, Executive Director of West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology, provides us with an account of her experience in New York City…

To say that traveling to New York City to experience a world-class figure skating performance by the girls of Figure Skating Harlem with Candace Matthews and a team from Amway was an once-in-a-lifetime experience, would be an understatement.

As executive director of the West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology (WMCAT), an organization that is supported by the Amway One by One Campaign for Children and Candace Matthews (Amway CMO and WMCAT board member), I joined the trip for the opportunity to learn more about a similar program we have to the nonprofit organization, Figure Skating In Harlem, located in New York. In addition to learning about the after-school program that helps girls from age 5 – 18 through figure skating, we were able to see the students perform at Wollman Rink in Central Park at a star-studded gala.  Needless to say, the event was spectacular and the girls were a treasure.

It is not often that a West Michigan not-for-profit organization can learn about the great things happening with similar groups across the country up-close and personal. I am so grateful to our friends at Amway for providing me with the opportunity to see a successful organization in action in such a unique way.

Skating Scene with FSH participants and Olympic Figure Skater Candace Matthews, Amway Chief Marketing Officer and FSH Board Chair was being honored for her work with FSH

Amway Sales Team Member and New York IBO Leaders Amway Team Members and New York IBO Leaders

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