'Garden of Laughs' Makes Fundraising History

Thursday, January 31, 2013

On Saturday, January 26, MSG Entertainment and the Garden of Dreams Foundation hosted the inaugural comedy event, Garden of Laughs, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The event, Executive Produced by Emmy Award-winner Rory Rosegarten, was hosted by Bob Costas and featured stand-up performances by some of the biggest names in comedy including Adam Ferrara, Darrell Hammond, Robert Klein, Brian Regan, Ray Romano, and Wanda Sykes. An esteemed list of entertainers and sports icons lent their support for this very special evening including the Beastie Boys’ Mike ‘Mike D’ Diamond and Adam ‘Ad Rock’ Horovitz, Dick Cavett, Gerry Cooney, Billy Crudup, David Duchovny, Whoopi Goldberg, Adam Graves, John Leguizamo, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, John McEnroe, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Willie Randolph, Steve Schirripa, Brooke Shields, Tony Sirico, John Starks, and Justin Tuck. Garden of Laughs had a sold-out audience of more than 5,000 people, and made fundraising history for Garden of Dreams by raising over $935,000 to aid the Foundation’s efforts to make dreams come true for children in need.

During the special evening, Rosegarten was presented with the Garden of Dreams hero award for his invaluable support and involvement with Garden of Laughs. Each year, the Foundation honors an individual who embodies the spirit of the Foundation and whose commitment and dedication has a positive impact on the lives of children. Previous winners have included Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, tennis great Andre Agassi and Rangers legend Adam Graves.

Since its inception just six years ago, Garden of Dreams has touched the lives of more than 225,000 children and their families. Proceeds from Garden of Laughs, which is set to take place every other year, will help support the nearly 500 annual programs and events that the Foundation conducts in conjunction with The Madison Square Garden Company to help brighten the lives of children facing homelessness, life-threatening illnesses, tragedies, foster situations and extreme poverty.