U.S. Figure Skating Announces Online Auction: One-of-a-Kind Autographed Artwork to Benefit Skate-Aid

(2/10/05) U.S. Figure Skating, in conjunction with eBay, announced today the online auction of a one-of-a-kind Tiffany & Co. computer-generated rendering of the State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships Trophy autographed by all four 2005 U.S. champions: Michelle Kwan (ladies), Johnny Weir (men), Katie Orscher & Garrett Lucash (pairs), and Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto (dance).

The rendering, which was created by a design team at Tiffany & Co. during the production process of the new trophy, was donated by State Farm. All proceeds from the auction will go to Skate-Aid for Tsunami Relief, a benefit and ice show conceived and organized by Belbin and Agosto that has raised more than $37,000 to date. More information about the artwork will be available with the item description on eBay.

Beginning Friday, the auction can be reached through a banner on the home page of this site. It will go live Friday, Feb. 11, at approximately 7 a.m. PST and run through Friday, Feb. 18, 7 a.m. PST. All proceeds will go to Skate-Aid, which will then be donated to the Red Cross International Response Fund for Tsunami Relief.

Inspired by the efforts of Belbin and Agosto, several other U.S. figure skaters have joined the Skate-Aid for Tsunami Relief effort. Many performed at the benefit show in Plymouth, Mich., on Friday, Feb. 4, including Weir, Orscher and Lucash, 2005 U.S. silver medalist Timothy Goebel, 2005 bronze medalist Evan Lysacek, 2005 U.S. pairs silver medalists Rena Inoue and John Baldwin, 2003 U.S. pairs champions Tiffany Scott & Philip Dulebohn, 2004 Four Continents bronze medalist Amber Corwin, 2004 U.S. synchronized bronze medalist Team Elan, and more. More than 1,500 people attended the show, bringing in $34,000 in ticket sales. Added to that was more than $2,500 from an onsite silent auction of skating memorabilia.

In addition to performing at the Skate-Aid benefit show, Goebel is also auctioning special items from his private collection of skating memorabilia in support of the cause. To learn more about Goebel's auction you can visit www.timothygoebel.net.

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