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The stars for the 19th Mariposa Charity Skating Gala just keep getting better and better!!! In 18 years we have not seen this much incredible talent all in one location!!! This is one event you do not want to miss!!!

On March 22nd, 2008 Mariposa's very own Jeffrey Buttle brought home the Gold!! In Gothenburg, Sweden, the 25-year-old became Canada's first male world figure skating champion since Elvis Stojko in 1997. Jeffrey has played a key role in Mariposa Gala as we have watched him grow as he has accomplished many of his figure skating goals leading up to this wonderful achievement.

Also scheduled for this year are Olympic and World Figure Skating Champions: Jamie Sale and David Pelletier!!

This is your chance to see these champions as well as many other past and future world and Olympic skating stars!!

This year's line up includes:

Jeffrey Buttle 3x Canadian Men's Champion, 2008 World Champion
Jamie Sale & David Pelletier 2002 Olympic Pair Champions
Marie France Dubreil & Patrice Lauzon 5x Senior Canadian Dance Champions , 2X World silver medalist
Michael Weiss USA Senior Men's Champion, Olympic & World competitor
Jennifer Robinson 6X Canadian Champion, World & Olympic competitor
Yuko Sato Senior Women's Champion of Japan
Steve Cousins 8x British Men's Champion, 6th Worlds
Joannie Rochette 4X Senior Women's Champion of Canada
Chris Mabee 2007 Canadian Men's Silver Medalist
Annabelle Langlois & Cody Hay 2008 Canadian Senior Pair Champions, 2008 8th World Pairs Championship
Lesley Hawker 2x Senior Women's Championship Bronze Medalist
Tugba Karademir 2008 Turkish Champion, Olympic & World competitor
Kelsey McNeil 2008 Junior Ladies Champion of Canada
Monica Pisotta & Michael Stewart 2008 Junior Pairs Champions of Canada, 8th 2008 Junior World Pairs Championship
Karen Routhier & Eric Saucke-Lacelle 2008 Silver Medalist Junior Dance of Canada, 2008 10th Junior World Dance Championship
Sophie Knippel & Andrew Britten 2008 Bronze Medalist Junior Dance of Canada
Jackson Wood 2008 Novice Men's Champion of Canada
Melissa Briggs 2008 Novice Women's Silver Medalist of Canada
Maddison Bird & Raymond Schultz 2008 Bronze Novice Pair Medalist of Canada
Alexandra Paul & Jason Cheperdak 2008 Bronze Novice Dance Champions of Canada
Ice Men Male Synchronized Skating Team performs for breast cancer research

*(subject to change without prior notification)

Funds raised at this event support the Rotary House and the future Simcoe-Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre. Rotary House will provide lodging facilities close to cancer treatment which is a valuable service for patients and their family members; just ask any cancer patient who has had to endure long treks during one of the most difficult times in their lives. The lodge will be for patients, and their families, who live beyond 40 km from the treatment facility and will serve as a sanctuary; a place for healing to begin and spirits to be built. The Rotary Club of Barrie-Huronia has supported the dream of families staying together during cancer treatment, and for those who come to the future Simcoe-Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie they will have the Rotary House, a lodge for cancer patients and their families.

Doug Leigh, the founder of the Mariposa School of Skating, joined forces 19 years ago with the Rotary club of Barrie-Huronia and year after year has amazed the community by producing an evening of elegance and exquisite figure skating to raise funds for local charities. In doing so, the Mariposa Gala of Figure Skating has become one of Barrie's highest grossing charity events and a premier event on the figure skating calendar.

For more information or interviews, please contact:
Rotary Club of Barrie-Huronia: Steve Benson 705-795-3087
Mariposa School of Skating: Susanne Morgan 705-722-4966