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50th Annual Ice Skating Show

On Saturday, April 7th and Sunday, April 8th the Dan Kostel Recreation Center held it 50th Annual Ice Show titled “Fifty Years of Fabulous”.  From the tiniest of tot skaters to our high school seniors, alumni skaters,  the Goldenettes Adult Syncho team who ALL participated in the show, and our own Garfield Heights Resident, National Medalist & 2018 Olympic tryout,  Ms. Katie McBeath.

The atmosphere at the recreation center was one Big Celebration, we were fortunate to have so many alumni return who dusted off their skates and performed on the ice.  For them and their families it was one big happy reunion.  Just think of the thousands of lives that have been touched over the past 5 decades, where lasting friendships have been formed and where most had gotten their start in our tots program with Miss Betty.

Former Head Skating Professional Miss Betty Bosell is credited with starting the figure skating program here in Garfield Heights in 1968.  Trends have changed considerably over the past 50 years but we continue to carry on the legacy Miss Betty started, and one thing that hasn’t changed is the passion for ice skating that our current Head Skating Professional, Holly Gray possesses.   Holly who began as a tot in the Garfield Heights program, and her staff continue to coordinate a program that is among the best in Northeast Ohio, one that influences the lives of numerous children.  Holly is also very active in her adult life by skating, competing and touring with the Goldenettes Synchro Team winning numerous awards and trophies while single handedly raising her three children, Makenzie, Jay and Bo.
Congratulations are in order to Holly whose daughter Makenzie has been the proud recipient of this year’s Mayor’s Trophy Award.  Mom, Holly (Migchelbrink) was the proud recipient in 1989.  Mackenzie or “Kenzie” as we all know her is an eighth grade honor student in the Brecksville public schools.  She has been skating since she was 18 months old.  This was her 7th ice show which she participated in.  When not on the ice skating Kenzie, enjoys reading, hanging out with friends and family, drawing and running.  Her goal is to pass all of her USFSA tests for skating by the time she is a senior in high school.

Holly Gray with daughter Makenzie

Congratulations are also in order to our skating instructor Pam Olszko (Makowski) whose daughter Taylor has been awarded this years Betty Bosell Outstanding Skater Award.  Mom, Pam was one of our 1st Mayor’s Trophy recipients back in 1982.  Taylor was awarded the Mayor’s Trophy in 2014.   She now is 14 years old and started skating at age 3 and although it wasn’t hard to notice she loves to perform!  She is currently a freshman at Nordonia High School.  When not skating, she does cheerleading and plays fast pitch softball.  Taylor is coached by Sally Tasca and dreams of someday skating with Disney on Ice and in the Olympics.

Pam Olszko with daughter Taylor

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Alumni Group



Taylor & Makenzi

Guest skater: Katie McBeath

Mayor, 2017 Mayors Trophy winner, Julia Milosevic
& Director, Robert Dobies