On December 7, as part of Garden of Dreams Week, 24 young dancers from Garden of Dreams partner organization, Police Athletic League of New York City, enjoyed an exclusive dance workshop hosted by the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.
The youth were greeted at Radio City with personalized gift bags filled to the top including new dance shoes and dance tights. After changing into their new shoes, the young dancers joined the Rockettes to learn the Rag Doll choreography performed during the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. During the workshop, the dancers lined up in rows while sitting on life-size lettered cubes to spell holiday messages throughout... Read More
On December 1, Garden of Dreams hosted a ribbon cutting event to unveil their largest community project to date -- a completely refurbished gymnasium at the SCO Family of Services Ottilie Residential Treatment Facility in Briarwood, Queens. Members of the Knicks, Rangers and Liberty were on-hand for the event, which was emceed by MSG Network’s Al Trautwig. The day concluded with a basketball clinic by the Knicks field marketing team for the children who are part of the Ottilie basketball team. The SCO Family of Services’ Ottilie Residential Treatment Facility is a 24-hour residential campus for approximately 50 youth with severe emotional disturbances and mild developmental disabilities. The gymnasium is the only location... Read More
On November 17, the Garden of Dreams Foundation and the New York Rangers hosted 300 children and families from the New York City Department of Homeless Services at the Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center at BronxWorks for a special dinner to kickoff the holiday season. To make the day special for the children and families, Ranger players Ryan McDonagh, Dominic Moore and Emerson Etem and several of team's significant others group were on-hand to serve meals, play games, take photos and sign autographs.
The dining room was decked out with festive Fall decorations including balloon scarecrows sporting Rangers jerseys. Following a delicious holiday meal, the celebration continued as families moved into a gym full of... Read More
This Fall, the Garden of Dreams Foundation and MSG Networks continued to host the their signature program, MSG Classroom, for 12 teens from Garden of Dreams partner organization, Children’s Aid Society. During the nine-week program, the teens learned from MSG Networks professionals, received hands-on experience and participated in once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
Each week, the teens visited MSG Networks with a new task to tackle to create an original production. To complete each task, the teens came together as a team to research show topics, write a script and practice interviewing techniques. The weekly sessions also included a private, all-access MSG Networks studio tour and opportunities to meet with... Read More
The New York Knicks, Garden of Dreams Foundation and KIA hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner for the New York City Department of Homeless Services' Women In Need Center in Harlem. On Wednesday, November 18, New York Knicks players Arron Afflalo, Kyle O’Quinn, Lance Thomas, Sasha Vujacic, and Derrick Williams served the families a warm and delicious Thanksgiving dinner from Sylvia’s Restaurant. The Thanksgiving meal included turkey, stuffing, cornbread, and candied yams among other delightful entrees.
The room was filled with Fall Thanksgiving décor including light up pumpkins, beautiful flowers and live music! The DJ played the top hits and had every child dancing on the dance floor to the “Whip” and Bruno... Read More
To celebrate Halloween and the Knicks 2015-2016 season, Knicks center Robin Lopez and MSG Networks reporter Jill Martin teamed up with Garden of Dreams to fullfil the ultimate Marvel Avengers mission of finding the missing basketball for the first Knicks home game. Chanelling thier inner superhoes, Garden of Dreams children alongside Lopez (better known as Thor) and Martin (dubbed as Black Widow) set off to the Empire State Building to embark upon their mission. Watch to see the superheros complete their mission!Read More
To support Hockey Fights Cancer, the Rangers wives and significant others came together to form their own team to bring joy to children at Foundation partner, Ronald McDonald House New York. Rangers wives and significant others, Therese Lundqvist, Kaylee McDonagh, Jessica Nash, Mary Moore, Anna Raanta, Stephanie Stepan and Mathilda Jansson, joined a playroom full of children and families for a Rangers party including decorating cupcakes donated by Magnolia Bakery.Read More