Our Garden of Dreams young people took over The Garden for Garden of Dreams Nights on Monday, December 16 at the Rangers game and Tuesday, December 17 at the Knicks game. From singing the National Anthem, performing at halftime and dropping the puck to being an honorary player, musician or game director, the Foundation’s young people experienced once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that they will cherish forever.Read More
This November, the New York Rangers and New York Knicks both hosted Thanksgiving Dinners with Garden of Dreams, serving 250 children and families at each dinner from the NYC Department of Homeless Services.
The Rangers held their Thanksgiving Dinner at SPIN NYC, a ping pong social club in Manhattan. Rangers players Adam Fox, Brett Howden, and Greg McKegg joined to help serve dinner and to interact with the families. With lots of activities to choose from including life size Jenga and UNO, video games, interactive photo booth, and of course ping pong, our Garden of Dreams young people had a blast throughout the night.
During the Knicks Thanksgiving Dinner,... Read More
Garden of Dreams child Carter had her wish fulfilled to spend the day with the Rockettes! Carter learned the famous Rockettes bevel, received an official Rockettes headband, and toured Radio City Music Hall.Read More
Throughout Miles' life, music has been an important outlet. When performing, he has been able to overcome his struggles. Self-taught, Miles, from SCO Family of Services, has been playing the guitar for seven years. By learning from his idols, which include Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars and Prince, Miles aspires to be one of the greatest performers alive. Miles performed his original piece "Running Mascara" at the 2018 Garden of Dreams Talent Show at Radio City.Read More
This summer, over the course of eight weeks, 65 youth from various Garden of Dreams partner organizations participated in the Junior Knicks and Junior Rangers Summer Camps. Not only do the all-star players get to hone their skills with top training, but they also learn from current Knicks and Rangers players as well as alumni and coaching staff. Check out the photo below of our campers!Read More
On June 25th, 30 student associates from Madison Square Garden and MSG Networks gathered at one of the Foundation’s partner organizations, Sunrise Day Camp, to help prepare the Pearl River camp for its summer campers. Sunrise Day Camp is a day camp for children with cancer and their siblings.
The day opened with Eddie, a Garden of Dreams Inspire Scholarship recipient, speaking about his fond memories with Garden of Dreams and his time as a camp counselor at Sunrise-Staten Island. The student associates were split into groups, where they completed various tasks such as painting mini golf course, picnic tables, cubbies, and the amphitheater. The groups... Read More
Each year, the Garden of Dreams Foundation hosts an annual Talent Show at Radio City Music Hall, providing children, who have faced various obstacles, with the opportunity to perform on the Great Stage.
This year as part of the "Bridge to Your Dreams" Talent Show, over 150 kids from 15 of our partner organizations took the stage. The magical night included introductions by celebrities like Justin Hartley from the NBC series This Is Us, rappers Remy Ma and Papoose, and actor Ansel Elgort. To open the show, the Foundation's alumni choir with mentor Wé McDonald, brought the Radio City Music Hall audience to their feet with Aretha Franklin's “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” With... Read More
Garden of Laughs was an all-star night of comedy hosted by Steve Schirripa featuring performances by Jerry Seinfeld along with Bill Burr, Michael Che, John Mulaney, Brian Regan, Iliza Shlesinger, and Jon Stewart at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden! This year, the bi-annual comedy event raised nearly $2 million for the Foundation, increasing the total to $7 million since its inception.
Steve Schirippa is this year's recipient of the Garden of Dreams Hero Award. Established in 2009, the Hero Award honors organizations or individuals annually that embody the spirit of the Garden of Dreams Foundation through an active and ongoing dedication to positively impacting the lives... Read More
Since inception in 2006, the Garden of Dreams Foundation has awarded over $2.5 million in college scholarships to deserving students in the tri-state area. Many of these teenagers have been members of the Garden of Dreams family for years; we know that they’re brilliant, talented young people, but obstacles such as homelessness, poverty, or illness has made their lives and affording college challenging.
One of these amazing teens is Natalie, who Garden of Dreams was introduced to through Foundation partner, Make-A-Wish Connecticut. When Natalie was five years old, she was diagnosed with Leukemia. Reflecting on this time, Natalie shared, “There are days you don’t want to go through... Read More
In February, Garden of Dreams invited some of our children and families from Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley, and Children's Village to a Westchester Knicks game to take part in various in-game elements to participate in throughout the night. Our kids and teens participated in the fan tunnel, t-shirt toss, and Fortnite dance battle! Julie was named an Honorary Westchester Knick and warmed up with her new teammates before the game. Matthew, from Make-a-Wish Hudson Valley, acted as an Honorary Coach and talked game strategy with coach and the players. Bianca, also from Make-a-Wish Hudson Valley, sang the National Anthem while Alexsa, from WHEDco, and... Read More