Pro Skating Historical Foundation
Park Forest, IL 60466
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The Pro Skating Historical Foundation is organized to research and preserve the skating history of professional and theatrical performances, archive historical objects and engage the skating community and its supporters to contribute to that body of knowledge. The Foundation will facilitate networking, discussion groups and the exchange of ideas in furtherance of its educational purposes. The Foundation will make available its findings and knowledge to the general public.
Tony Paul Kudrna, President
"I thought I knew how to skate, that is until I joined a professional ice show. Keeping alive the history of professional skating through the efforts of the Foundation is so important to the future of figure skating as a whole. How do we know where we are going unless we know where we have been? The history of professional skating is rich, varied, and is woven into the very fabric of figure skating. It is valuable to anyone lacing up a pair of skates today."
Dorian Valles, Treasurer
"I am honored to be a part of an organization that is dedicated to the education and preservation of professional skating. From the moment I saw "The Night They Invented Champagne" when I was 7 years old at my first Ice Capades show in the early 60's, I was hooked! The beautiful pink costumes, the colorful lighting, the mesmerizing music and of course, the wonderful skaters instilled a passion for theatrical skating that has stayed with me to this day...something I wish to pass on to others."
Shelly Berger, Director
"I have worked in museums for almost 20 years, but I have been a skating fan for far longer. I believe that unless we can preserve the history and story of Professional Figure Skating, we will lose a wealth of information, inspiration, and sense of roots. I am thrilled to be able to combine three of my best loves – museums, history, and skating by working with the Pro-Skating Historical Society. I look forward to applying my museum training and expertise to help preserve the rich history, artifacts, and stories of Professional Figure Skating for future generations of fans and skaters."
Tricia Burton, Director, Audio Visuals
There is nothing like "it's showtime!" I was very fortunate to have been a professional skater for 11 years. Those years were some of the best years of my life. The experiences were so rich and rewarding it really is hard to put into words. I am honored to be part of an organization that is dedicated to preserving and passing on our rich heritage of Professional Skating to the next generation of skaters and fans alike. May we inspire the next generations to pass on this fabulous story as well!
Adam Blake, Director
Larry LaBorde, Director
Don Watson, Honorary Director
"The Foundation provides a wonderful opportunity to share, preserve, and learn from the history of the great ice shows and revues and the talented professional skaters that made them so popular over the years. I enjoyed the experience of touring with Sonja Henie and later to working with Ice Capades and Holiday On Ice productions on their world tours, both as a principal performer, and later in managerial positions. Most recently as Executive V.P. with Champions On ice for 13 years, I had the pleasure of once again working with Tom Collins and with some of the greatest figure skaters in the world"
Robin Cousins, Honorary Director
"In order to be forward thinking and make a difference in any sport you have to know and respect its history. Now there's somewhere new to get that information."
Randy Gardner, Honorary Director
"Some of the best years of my life have been spent as a professional skater. The Foundation has enabled me to relive those great years, reconnect with fellow skaters and pass along our skating history to the generations to come."
Carl Moseley, Honorary Director
Max Moses, Executive Director
I applaud the dedication of the volunteer leadership of the Foundation and their committment to preserving the art of show skating.
Roy Blakey, Chairman, Advisory Committee