New York Rangers and Garden of Dreams teamed up for a 'Show Kids New York' event at Ellis Island that included a ferry ride by the Statue of Liberty! New York Rangers' Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg along with New York Rangers alumni Dave Maloney and Tom Laidlaw joined our kids for a tour of the historical landmark!Read More
Our Garden of Dreams children from WHEDco enjoyed playing Reindeer Games with Rudolph and Hermey the Elf at The Garden ! After the festivities, Garden of Dreams received a five hundred ticket donation for our children to see Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at the Theater at MSG in December!Read More
Dancing since she was three years old, Stephanie refused to let her December 2015 cancer diagnosis prevent her from pursuing her passion. Determined to use her journey as a platform to educate others about cancer, Stephanie created her own hashtag: #cancermessedwiththewrongdancer. As a girl who loved her hair, she was terrified of losing her locks, but realized that losing her hair made her feel free. Stephanie has learned, “I am imperfectly perfect just the way I am.” While undergoing chemotherapy, Stephanie did not miss one dance practice or competition. Stephanie performed a contemporary piece at Radio City for the 2016 Garden of Dreams Talent Show and... Read More
One hundred Garden of Dreams girls were invited to participate in the New York Liberty Girls Empowerment Series presented by Chase! Before hitting the court to practice their basketball skills, the girls had the opportunity to speak with inspirational women including NYL legends Kym Hampton and Teresa Weatherspoon, MSG Networks' Rebecca Haarlow, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Garden of Dreams Advisory Board member Damaris Lewis.Read More
Garden of Dreams and the New York Liberty hosted an End of Summer BBQ at our partner organization WHEDco and our kids had a blast with NYL players Bec Allen, Brittany Boyd, Shoni Schimmel, Carolyn Swords, Sugar Rodgers, and Shavonte Zellous!Read More
Ngawang, originally from India, and Ahmed, who is from Iraq, love to perform because it helps them feel whole again. Through the Global Medical Relief Fund, Ngawang and Ahmed met and became fast friends. The two boys perform in a pop band together, “The Dream Band”, with Ngawang as the lead singer and Ahmed playing the piano.Read More
The New York Liberty and Garden of Dreams hosted a Cupcake Battle at Taste Buds Kitchen as part of the "Show Kids NY" program! New York Liberty players Carolyn Swords, Adut Bulgak, Kiah Stokes, and Amanda Zahui B. joined our Garden of Dreams children for an afternoon full of smiles, laughs, and lots of frosting.Read More
Rachel credits her younger sister Maya as being her unbreakable support system and their bond of singing as a way to help Rachel deal with her surgeries. After seeing her sister in the hospital, Maya now wants to pursue a career in medicine.Read More
On May 10, the third annual Garden of Dreams Prom welcomed 100 teens facing obstacles, 50 from the Police Athletic League of New York City and 50 from hospital and wish partner organizations, for a night full of Hollywood dreams at Madison Square Garden.
“It means the world to me if we can take them away from their everyday for a little bit,” said Prom chairwoman and model, Damaris Lewis.
In preparation for their big night, our teens received personal shopping experiences at Macy’s and Men’s Wearhouse where they picked out their prom attire with the assistance of New York Knicks alumnus Larry Johnson and several fashion models.
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This year, the annual Garden of Dreams Talent Show celebrated the Foundation’s 10th anniversary with a “Decade of Dreams.” Over 100 children and teens put their troubles aside and performed on the legendary "Great Stage" at Radio City Music Hall.
After auditions, the Talent Show performers prepared for their big night with several rehearsals hosted in Radio City’s large rehearsal hall where the famous Rockettes prepare for their performances. Our children also received extra special attention from celebrity mentors including: the Rockettes, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels, dancer and model Damaris Lewis, pop singer Shawn Mendes, R&B and pop singer Andra Day, Broadway stars... Read More