The Cleveland Skating Club was born to save a charitable organization.

In 1934, The Maternal Health Association of Cleveland was failing for want of $5,000. Returning on a train from The Toronto Skating Club’s spectacular Ice Show, four young women, Adele Eels, Peg Ireland, Mrs. Gaylord and Helen Halle conceived the idea to persuade The Toronto Skating Club to stage a benefit show in Cleveland for the Maternal Health Association. On March 18, 1934, members of The Toronto Skating Club staged a stunning Ice Show at the Elysium Skating Rink to rave reviews of the Plain Dealer. The Canadians returned again in 1935 to an advance sell-out. The Maternal Health Association was saved by these two fund raisers.

For 1936, however, The Toronto Skating Club adopted a rule that its members could only perform at a public box office event if the event was sponsored by a private skating club. This rule was to protect the amateur standing of Toronto’s performing members for Olympic and other Ice Skating Competitions. As a result, “The Cleveland Figure Skating Club” was promptly organized with 25 members and Howard Eells as the first CSC President. By the end of the 1935–1936 ice season, the Club had 123 senior skaters and ice time at the Elysium Rink had expanded to three skating periods each week. On March 4, 1936, CSC was granted a charter by the United States Figure Skating Association and incorporated on September 12, 1936, changing its name to the "Cleveland Skating Club” in 1937.

--Excerpt from Randall Luke's "The Cleveland Skating Club Story"


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