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
During the spring 2018 semester, Garden of Dreams teens from our partner, WHEDco, participated in the MSG Classroom program, a collaboration with MSG Networks that teaches kids about the behind-the-scenes world of the television industry. Over the course of eight weeks, the students have the opportunity to meet with different professionals from MSG Networks and The Madison Square Garden Company to learn about various jobs within the company and gain insight into the many career opportunities available within the television industry. This semester, students had the opportunity to sit down with experts in production, editing, directing, camerawork, broadcasting, marketing, social marketing, public relations, advertising sales, and legal. Aside... 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
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
Starting December 10th, the Garden of Dreams Foundation comes together with The Madison Square Garden Company and MSG Networks, Inc. to celebrate the Foundation's work during Garden of Dreams Week. Throughout the week, children from across the tri-state area become honorary members of the Knicks and Rangers, participate in game-night activities and learn choreography from the world-renowned Rockettes. The week also features the Foundation’s Giving Program and a Day of Service for employees of MSG and MSG Networks.
Garden of Dreams also hosts an Adopt-A-Family program, where MSG and MSG Networks employees help fulfill the holiday wishes of families either living in homeless shelters or transitional housing.... Read More
Since our 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 Ava, from NJ. We were introduced to Ava through our partners at Make-A-Wish New Jersey, who told us the story of this young woman who had faced two open heart surgeries all before her 17th birthday. After... Read More
On Sunday, November 4th, a few of our Garden of Dreams Talent Show 2018 alumni took the stage at the Beacon Theatre to open for the Kidz Bop kids as part of their Kidz Bop Live! tour. Alexsa, from WHEDco, Jasmin, from enCourage Kids Foundation, Samantha, from Make-A-Wish Metro NY, and Divercity Dancers, from Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, all had the opportunity to show off their talents to a packed house. Before the show, our Garden of Dreams kids walked the Pink Carpet with the Kidz Bop Kidz, Damaris Lewis, and We McDonald. And then it was time to take the stage! Alexsa had the audience swaying... Read More
Children from Garden of Dreams partner organization, SCAN NY, enjoyed an afternoon of painting and Halloween fun at the Paint Place in Manhattan. After finishing their basketball and Halloween masterpieces, the kids were surprised by Knicks players Enes Kanter and Ron Baker, dressed as Marvel characters, Venom and Thor. Kanter and Baker then distributed 25 of the 250 Halloween costumes donated to the kids at SCAN NY. It was a spooktacular day for our kids, who received Marvel-ous costumes!Read More
During New York Comi Con, Garden of Dreams kids from partner organization Madison Square Boys & Girls Club were invited backstage to meet the cast and crew of the new Marvel Comics' animated Spiderman movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ! After meeting the cast, which included Shameik Moore and Jake Johnson, and the directors, our kids had the opportunity to sit in on the panel discussion at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden to learn more about the new movie. The audience even received a sneak peak into the first part of the animated film! Our kids cannot wait to see the movie in theaters in... Read More