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Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 04 April 2013 08:33
A local figure skating team will have the chance to perform for its home crowd on Friday.
Skaters from Bowling Green, Perrysburg, Pemberville, Monclova and Findlay, all part of the "Rising Starz" figure skating team, will perform an exhibition at 7 p.m. Friday at the Bowling Green State University ice arena. The event is free and will feature a meet and greet with the skaters at 6 p.m.
"This gives all the skaters a chance to showcase their skills," said Shelly Bressler, the team's coach. "These kids just want to share what they can do with everyone."
The exhibition will feature 14 area skaters ages 7 to 16. There will be two group ensembles and 14 solo performances. The two ensembles will feature music from popular Disney sound tracks.
Most of the team's competitions are out-of-town, which has the skaters excited to perform in front of a local crowd, Bressler said.
This same cast of 14 skaters will later perform in Columbus at Nationwide Arena on June 15 as part of the 10th anniversary of Skate for Hope. Skate for Hope is a premier figure skating event that benefits breast cancer research and awareness. To date, the event has raised $430,000 for the cause.
Bressler first attended Skate for Hope last year in Columbus and was very moved by the event.
"I thought to myself, 'There has got to be a way to get my kids involved with this' and that is kind of how it evolved," Bressler said.
"This is just a wonderful opportunity for the skaters for all the right reasons," she said. "The kids are learning a lot about breast cancer and helping others. I am hoping we will make some small difference."
There is no charge for the event, but donations for Skate for Hope will be accepted at the door. There will also be raffles to benefit Skate for Hope.

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