An Evening with Champions was founded in Eliot House in 1970. Since its inception, An Evening with Champions has become Harvard's most charitable student-run organization, donating over $2.7 million to The Jimmy Fund, the fundraising branch of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Each year, An Evening with Champions presents a world-class figure skating exhibition that has featured national and Olympic champions such as Yuna Kim, Michelle Kwan, Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, and more.
EWC and Eliot House
Legally known as the "Eliot House Jimmy Fund Committee," An Evening with Champions is intricately tied to Eliot House. Much of the organization's success is dependent on the generosity of the House. The Gala, an event for EWC's highest sponsors and supporters, is traditionally held in the Eliot JCR, and the receptions after each show have been historically held in the dining hall. Board members live in Eliot House over the summer to prepare for the show, and skaters live in the house the weekend of the show. In its early years, both Co-Chairs were required to be Eliotites. Since then, EWC has spread across campus, drawing Co-Chairs from all 12 houses. However, to maintain tradition, one Co-Chair is still required to be a resident of Eliot House.