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 Georgia Glastris, three-time Greek Ladies champion, is small in stature, but big in heart.

The first day of kindergarten, Glastris met Francesca “Frenchie” Persico. They immediately became BFFs and did all the fun stuff little girls enjoy doing together.

Four years later “Frenchie” lost her battle with pediatric cancer.

In 2008 Glastris organized a small fundraiser with a group of Chicago-based skaters in memory of her childhood best friend. The funds supported Frenchie’s Closet to provide clothes, toys, and needs for kids receiving cancer treatment.

Flash-forward to 2014 – Glastris was a junior at the University of Michigan and training at the Detroit Skating Club.

After the Sochi Olympics, Glastris approached several friends about doing a fundraiser to honor Persico. The Detroit skating community was very receptive, and FrenchieSkate 2014 was born.

They partnered with Michigan-based North Star Reach, which offers camp experiences to children with serious health challenges and their families –at no cost to them.

“We chose North Star Reach because they bring joy to these special children and allow them to let go of their diagnosis and just be kids at camp,” Glastris explained.

North Star Reach broke ground in 2014 on a 105-acre site in Pinckney, MI to provide a medically safe and supervised camp experience for over 1,500 kids.

The 2014 fundraiser was such a success – raising $30,000 – they opted to repeat the event in 2015. North Star Reach will again be the beneficiary.

Michael Buckley, Internet celebrity, vlogger and IceNetwork host returns as emcee of FrenchieSkate 2015. The athletes themselves in association with US Figure Skating and the Detroit Skating Club organize the show.


 Jeremy Abbott * Elladj Balde * Patrick Chan * Adam Rippon

 Alissa Czisny * Georgia Glastris * Reyna Hamui

 Madison Chock+Evan Bates * Kaitlin Hawayek+Jean-Luc Baker

 Madison Hubbell+Zach Donohoe * Alexandra Paul+Mitchell Islam

Maia+Alex Shibutani * Kaitlyn Weaver+Andrew Poje

 DeeDee Leng+Simon Shnapir * Alexa Scimeca+Chris Knierim

Narumi Takasi+Ryuchi Kihara

 Harmony Theatre Company * Evolution Synchronized Skating Team

 “Everyone in the cast is thrilled to be part of this incredible group of skaters to honor the memory of my great friend Francesca “Frenchie” Persico, who lived life so fully and fought pediatric cancer so bravely,” says event founder, Georgia Glastris.

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