Next Monday (April 6th), I am the Co-Chair of the annual "Figure Skating with the Stars" Gala in Central Park that will benefit an organization close to my heart, "Figure Skating in Harlem." This is an organization that provides girls with vital educational and skating opportunities that build self-confidence, promote physical well being and emphasizes academic achievement. Every day these young girls get the opportunity to "shine on the ice", so they can take that "can do it spirit" into their futures.
As with all non-profit organizations that service the community, we exist largely on donations from corporations and friends. Which brings me to the point of telling you this on "Friendship Friday." Because of the economic climate in our country right now, a lot of corporate sponsorship has dried up and in some cases disappeared completely. Which means individuals have to step into that space and do more to lend a hand in keeping local community based programs like "Figure Skating in Harlem" operating, thriving and serving these young girls. So as usual, I've put the arm on my friends to help us out this year with donations and participation in the Gala; and as usual...they have. I don't really hang with folk that don't give back because I agree with former First Lady Barbara Bush who said that "