Garden of Dreams kid reporter and New York Knicks super fan Makayla, from Garden of Dreams partner organization Harlem Dowling, had the special opportunity to ask her own questions at the Knicks Draft 18 Press Conference. Along with the local reporters, Makayla was able to ask Knicks rookies Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson questions including "What player do you most look forward to playing against?" and "What excites you the most about playing in New York?"Read More
For the Spring 2018 semesters, Garden of Dreams teens from our partner, WHEDco, participated in the MSG Classroom program. Each week, these students would meet with different professionals from MSG Networks and The Madison Square Garden Company to learn about different jobs within the company and gain insight into the many career options available within the television industry. Meeting weekly, the students attended a Rangers game, watching the game from a production perspective. They also had the opportunity to sit in on a Rangers production meeting, interview a Rangers player, and tour the MSG Networks production truck.
Throughout the semester, the student worked on creating and producing their own... Read More
As a part of the Garden of Dreams Prom experience, 100 teens participated in a Pre-Prom Prep Party. This was a chance for the teens to mix and mingle before the actual prom, on May 8th. The event provided different workshops to help them getting ready for their "Big Easy, Big Dreams" prom. Teens were given Ralph Lauren ties, and lessons on how to tie and style them by Arda Ocal and Knicks alumni, Larry Johnson. The teens also had the opportunity to participate in a confidence building workshop led by Garden of Dreams Prom Chairwoman Damaris Lewis. This workshop focused on inner beauty and self-confidence. The prom attendees... Read More
This spring semester, eight Garden of Dreams teens, including Malik, participated in Garden of Dreams and MSG Networks "MSG Classroom" program. Malik, a Garden of Dreams 2018 Inspire Scholarship recipient, shares about his experience learning the television industry from MSG Networks professionals:
Being part of MSG Classroom was truly a great experience. MSG Classroom was a program that not only opened my horizons but also helped me find myself. This program showed me that there are more possibilities than just being in front of the camera. It showed me the numerous jobs that are involved behind the scenes. It was MSG Classroom that—along with other programs— helped me break... Read More
MSG Networks' Jill Martin helped surprise another Garden of Dreams teen with an incredible experience. This time, Gaby, an aspiring chef from Garden of Dreams partner Children's Aid, was welcomed into her favorite chef's home to cook a signature Knicks dish with him! After making the delicious appetizer "Latin Spiced Chicken Wings with Honey-Lime Glaze and Chipotle Yougurt Dipping Sauce", Bobby Flay then invited Gaby and her family to a future taping of his Food Network show, Beat... Read More
Prom season has officially started for Garden of Dreams! 100 Garden of Dreams teens got together at BowlMor Lanes in Times Square to kick off the 2018 Garden of Dreams Prom season. In addition to bowling, these teens had the chance to get to know the other attendees who they will join them in this prom experience. With lots of activities leading up to Prom including dress and suit fittings and a Pre-Prom Prep Party, the attendees will come together to enjoy the incredible "Big Easy, Big Dreams" experience!Read More
On March 23rd, the Garden of Dreams Foundation hosted an incredible two-part concert experience, “Concert for Dreams” featuring O.A.R. and friends at the Beacon Theatre.
During the afternoon show, hosted by Elvis Duran of Z100, 2,500 children from Garden of Dreams partner organizations enjoyed a concert, which included performances by O.A.R., Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Rachel Crow, Gavin DeGraw, Grace VanderWaal . In addition to the talented line-up, there was a special reunion performance by O.A.R 2.0. The children, parents and chaperones in attendance all enjoyed an afternoon filled with music and entertainment.
The evening performances featured O.A.R., Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, Gavin DeGraw as well as Robert Randolph, Adam Duritz... Read More
In preparation for the Garden of Dreams Prom, PromGirl hosted an exclusive shopping experience at their superstore in Secaucus for our prom attendees to find the dress of their dreams. With support from the PromGirl team, Garden of Dreams Prom Chairwoman Damaris Lewis, Ubah Hassan, Deidre Nesteruk, Eleni Tsavousis, Heide Lindgren, Alejandra Cata, and Tatiana Rafter helped the girls find their perfect dress and shoes. DJ Tiff kept the music going throughout the afternoon and then held a dance party to conclude the event. A huge thank you to PromGirl who donated all the dresses to our girls so they will be red carpet ready! Now that they have their dresses, these... Read More
The second "Together We Dream" Talent Show rehearsal featured some special guests for our Talent Show performers, who got the chance to rehearse in front of celebrity coaches. In attendance were The Rockettes, The Voice finalist Wé McDonald, model and actress Damaris Lewis, 13 Reasons Why star Christian Navarro, and Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin ready to help mentor the performers as they prepare for their big day. The kids were thrilled to meet and interact with the celebrities and even more excited about the advice and guidance they received!Read More
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