On November 21st, 2021, Garden of Dreams and the New York Rangers came together to celebrate the annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night at the Rangers game. This special evening featured several Garden of Dreams young people across different in-arena elements. Daniela celebrated the end of her cancer treatment at Cohen Children’s Medical Center when she performed the ceremonial puck drop. Bianca, a three-time cancer survivor from Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley, stunned with a beautiful national anthem performance, while Oscar, from NYU Medical Center, got to practice his PA skills as our honorary PA announcer.
This impactful night also included a "Moments... Read More
In partnership with the New York Rangers, Garden of Dreams hosted a special holiday meal delivery for the families at Hospitality House Staten Island, a center affiliated with Garden of Dreams partner Department of Homeless Services.
Current Rangers players packaged the meals, while players’ wives and girlfriends created holiday gift bags. Families filtered through fun, holiday-themed stations at the center while picking up their dinners and gift bags. Stations included a photo booth, a hot chocolate stand, and a gingerbread house decoration kit. Each person received a holiday gift bag consisting of a Rangers blanket, beanie, and socks. Although the... Read More
Last Monday the Garden of Dreams Foundation, in partnership with the New York Knicks and TAO Cares, hosted a Thanksgiving dinner at the famed venue LAVO for 100 young people and families affiliated with the New York City Department of Homeless Services.
Hosted by Knicks broadcaster and TODAY Show contributor, Jill Martin, the star-studded event featured Knicks legends John Starks, John Wallace and Latrell Sprewell along with The Wire’s Hassan Johnson serving buffet-style dinner, a 360-camera photobooth, and basketball entertainment for the children. The excitement did not stop there – current players from the Knicks, unable to attend the dinner... Read More
Earlier this month, Garden of Dreams, the Junior Knicks, and the Junior Rangers celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with 50 young people in the Bronx! Hosted at Garden of Dreams partner, WHEDco, coaches and clinicians from the Junior Knicks and the Junior Rangers led skills and drills activities for our future hockey and basketball stars. The youth also had the opportunity to learn from Knicks alumnus Jose Calderon and Rangers alumnus Tom Laidlaw themselves! Latinx DJ and Garden of Dreams alum DJ Nieco provided the tunes, and local Bronx caterer SGS Catering served empanadas and other delicious bites to cap off the fun and festive afternoon.Read More
Kids across the New York area are heading back to school. Many of these kids and their families are facing big challenges. Garden of Dreams has helped over 400,000 young people in the tri-state area overcome these challenges and achieve their biggest dreams. Mario, Matthew, Samantha, and Sebastian are a few of those kids. Despite the obstacles standing in their way, they have never given up on their dreams.
Mario, a Bronx-native, has been part of the Garden of Dreams family since childhood through our partner organization, WHEDco. From going to Rangers games to being awarded an Inspire Scholarship, he has... Read More
This summer, Garden of Dreams was proud to cut the ribbon on the newly refurbished SCAN-Harbor Mullaly Recreation Center (soon to be renamed the T. Wendell Foster Recreation Center) in the South Bronx. The Garden of Dreams Giving Program provided a $1.3 million grant to community partner, SCAN-Harbor, Inc. The grant represented the largest single award the Foundation has made in the history of the Giving Program.
Throughout the project, Garden of Dreams worked with SCAN-Harbor and the NYC Parks Department to update every room... Read More
Our kids won big at the prestigious Cablefax “Faxie” awards last month. The MSG Networks' MSG Classroom program won first place in the Community Relations Category for continuing its great work through the pandemic.
This long-standing mentorship program works with MSG Networks to show students interested in entertainment the ins and outs of sports broadcasting. Each week for 2 months, participants visit MSG Networks with a new task to tackle to create an original production. They have hands-on learning experiences with Networks employees, private studio tours, and meetings with industry professionals. These students then work... Read More
First introduced into the Garden of Dreams family at 10-years-old, Jeremy is now a rising sophomore at the University of Scranton. Throughout the years, Jeremy has participated in many Garden of Dreams programs and events including performing in the annual Talent Show at Radio City, attending the Tony Awards as a guest on the red carpet, and receiving an Inspire Scholarship to help him pursue his dreams of becoming a nurse.
Check out our Q&A below with Jeremy to learn first-hand more about Jeremy and his experiences with Garden of Dreams!
Q: How old were you... Read More
April 19 - 23, Garden of Dreams teamed up with MSG Entertainment, MSG Sports, and MSG Networks for Garden of Dreams Week! Throughout the week, Garden of Dreams had the opportunity to highlight our mission of bringing life-changing opportunities to young people in need, to have our youth perform virtually during Knicks and Rangers games, and to fundraise in order to continue our important work in the community.
Garden of Dreams Nights
The Knicks Garden of Dreams Night presented by Kia was hosted on April 20 and... Read More
Brittneyann is an inspiring Garden of Dreams Talent Show Alumni and Artistic Ambassador. Brittneyann performed in the Garden of Dream Talent Show in 2012 and has continued to give back to the Garden of Dreams community through mentoring younger performers and lending her talent to fundraising initiatives, such as the foundation’s Giving Tuesday campaign. In addition to mentoring, Brittneyann is currently recording in the studio, working on her craft and preparing for Broadway auditions. Prior to the impact of the pandemic on the arts and travel, Brittneyann played Jasmine in Aladdin The Musical aboard the Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship.
We thank... Read More