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Hudson Valley Community College to Host Skating for Tsunami Relief

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, February 3, 2005

Skating to the live music of T.S. Ensemble and a silent auction will highlight an afternoon of fun created to benefit the victims of the tsunami disaster.

The Hudson Valley Community College Student Senate and Office of International Student Services are hosting Skating for Relief from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the Conway Ice Arena. The silent auction will be open from noon until 4 p.m.

The proceeds from the event will benefit the American Red Cross International Relief Fund.

"This is a great chance for people to come out and skate and listen to great live music by T.S. Ensemble while helping those that were affected by the terrible tsunami disaster," said Graham Knowles, assistant director of student life at Hudson Valley.

Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. Skate rental is available for an additional charge.

T.S. Ensemble has been entertaining fans for more than 18 years. The seven-piece group consists of male and female vocalists, trumpet, flugelhorn, sax, electronic keyboards/synthesizers, guitar, bass and percussion.

Several items already have been donated for the silent auction, including: an autographed Steve Young football by the NFL Player's Association, a three-hour limousine ride from Today's Limo, a one-night stay at The Inn at Saratoga, a gift basket from Filene's and Hoffman's gift certificates.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has nearly 60,000 alumni.