The event was set in motion by Morgan Matthews, an ice dancing champion and Fairfax, Va., teenager whose family was touched by the disease. Headlining the show will be Matthews and her partner, Maxim Zavozin of Ashburn, Va. The pair was first alternate to the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team in ice dance and 2005 junior world champions. Also starring will be Timothy Goebel, a 2002 Olympic bronze medalist; Michael Weiss, a two-time Olympian and two-time world medalist; Ryan Jahnke, a seven-time national medalist; and Amber Corwin, a national medalist from Hermosa Beach, Calif., who has two grandparents diagnosed with dementia.
“Skate from the Heart” will take place following the Capitals game against the Senators, which begins at 3 p.m. at the Verizon Center. The Capitals are selling a limited number of specially priced tickets for entry to the doubleheader. Tickets can be ordered at www.capstickets.com/figureskate.html.
A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), a national nonprofit organization focused on providing optimal care to families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses. Alzheimer’s disease, which results in loss of memory, confusion and other intellectual decline, affects an estimated five million Americans, including one in 10 aged 65 and older. The incidence is expected to triple by mid-century.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is headquartered in New York and is made up of hundreds of member organizations that provide hands-on programs to meet the educational, emotional, practical and social needs of families. AFA’s services include a toll-free hotline, counseling, educational materials, local resources and a free caregiver magazine. For information, call (toll-free) 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org