Spotlight: Chris Falzone – Wish Child & Inspire Scholar Turned Student Associate
With the summer in full swing, it's that time of year when we welcome an ambitious college student as an MSG Student Associate to our staff ranks at the Garden of Dreams Foundation. This year, we are overjoyed to welcome Chris Falzone!
As a former Garden of Dreams young person affiliated with our partner Make-A-Wish New Jersey, Chris is no stranger to the foundation's work. Learn more about Chris' journey, including what it's like to be on the other side... Read More
MSG Classroom Alumni Enjoy Unforgettable Workshop with Allan Houston and Tracy Morgan
On Tuesday, July 26, the Garden of Dreams 'MSG Classroom' alumni gathered for a special networking event - hosted by MSG Networks - featuring tips and tricks for the professional world, a group luncheon, and career and life advice from celebrity guests Allan Houston and Tracy Morgan.
The group gathered in the MSG Networks studio for an inspirational workshop. The young people first heard from MSG People Practice’s Celia Pena about her success story as a first-generation college graduate. She then gave the young people some tips on networking, resume building, internships, and interviewing.
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Nuala’s Rockettes Wish Becomes Reality
On Friday, June 24, the ultimate wish for one five-year-old came true.
Nuala, from Make-A-Wish New Jersey and Make-A-Wish Metro New York, has dreamed of dancing with the Radio City Rockettes for most of her young life. After a leukemia diagnosis in 2020, dance became a special source of inspiration and a vital creative outlet for Nuala.
It is no surprise, therefore, that her wish was to meet and dance with her idols - the Radio City Rockettes.
On Nuala's wish day, Radio City Rockettes Danelle Morgan and Katelyn Gaffney held nothing back to... Read More
MSG4Me Celebrates Successful Semester
Over the course of eight weeks in May and June, ten students from Garden of Dreams partner SCAN-Harbor participated in the spring semester of our MSG4Me mentorship program.
The program aims to introduce New York City high school students to various career paths in the sports and entertainment industry by hosting weekly sessions throughout the course of a semester in which mentors leading work across departments at MSG Entertainment and MSG Sports provide insight into their role and engage with the students.
This spring, young people had the opportunity to attend sessions with mentors from MSG's Legal,... Read More
Chloe Flower Invites Youth to Lincoln Center Performance
On Saturday, June 9, Garden of Dreams performing artists had the opportunity to participate in a music workshop and watch renowned pianist Chloe Flower perform at Lincoln Center in New York City.
To start the day, our aspiring performers arrived at Lincoln Center greeted with a day of musical enrichment and education. Seated by the iconic fountain and newly built disco ball, they participated in a pre-show workshop. During the workshop, the instructors showed them different ways to compose music on a piano and taught them about keys and other components of piano-playing. Following the lessons, the instructors handed out instruments... Read More
Talent Show Wrap Party Experience
On Wednesday, June 22, our Garden of Dreams young people returned to Radio City Music Hall to celebrate their performances in the 2022 Talent Show. At the Wrap Party, participants from the Talent Show enjoyed an evening of laughs, community, and music.
Upon arriving, the young people mingled with their fellow peers while enjoying food and refreshments. However, it wasn't long before their artistic talents took over as they turned the Radio City lobby into a dance floor. It is safe to say that the DJ catered to the strengths of the crowd, as the whole room danced in unison to... Read More
2022 Summer Scholarship Event Recap
On Tuesday, June 7, Garden of Dreams hosted our 2022 Inspire Scholarship summer event at the FISHBOWL at Dream Midtown Hotel to honor this year's recipients of the Garden of Dreams Inspire Scholarship.
Typically held on an annual basis, this year’s event had a special twist. Due to the pandemic, this was the first in-person meetup for our Inspire Scholars since 2019. Therefore, the event celebrated college graduates from 2020, 2021, and 2022 along with the 25 new recipients of the award. The new recipients included 13 high school seniors (who... Read More
Garden of Dreams Young People Celebrate Exclusive Access to Rangers Fan Zone
As the New York Rangers made their exciting playoff push this spring, 50 Garden of Dreams young people from our partners New York Edge and NYC Department of Homeless Services attended a private hour-long experience at the Rangers Fan Zone prior to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
In the exciting Fan Zone, our young fans and families were able to experience a range of activities which included face painting, spray-on temporary tattoos, slap shot shooting games, table hockey, NHL 22 video games, and photo opportunities! Throughout the hour, the young people were heard laughing, cheering, and yelling in excitement... Read More
Garden of Dreams Young People Get In the Ring with Amanda Serrano
This March, Garden of Dreams rang in Women's History Month in the ring.
Young women from foundation partner SCO Family of Services were invited to the media workout for Puerto Rico's Amanda Serrano, one of the world's top female boxers. The youth and Amanda shared at least one big commonality: they all grew up in Brooklyn, and that's exactly where the workout took place.
The young people arrived at a local Brooklyn gym where they had front row seats to watch Amanda practice in the ring. Following the workout, Amanda and her team spoke to the young... Read More
MSG Classroom Spring ’22 Recap
In our first full in-person semester since the pandemic, Garden of Dreams hosted the Emmy-Award winning educational program MSG Classroom in its traditional setting at MSG Networks.
During the Spring 2022 semester, in partnership with MSG Networks, 12 high school students from Garden of Dreams partner WHEDco had the opportunity to learn about the production side of the sports and entertainment industry. Throughout the 8-week program, the young people connected with professionals from MSG Networks – including industry leaders in production, editing, marketing, public relations, and more – to learn about their career paths, ask advice, and receive tips on creating... Read More