Vanessa performed in the 2022 Talent Show after battling a rare cancer that affected, among other things, the mobility of her leg, requiring her to use a wheelchair at one point in her journey.
“Getting to perform on such an iconic stage in front of so many people meant so much more to me than just getting to sing,” says Vanessa. “For me, getting to be on that stage was a testament to all of the challenges I had faced in my life, and it was proof that I was able to come out as a better and stronger person because of it.”
The Garden of Dreams MSG4Me program provides New York City students with invaluable exposure to industry professionals working across all areas of sports and entertainment. Each semester, a cohort of students from a Garden of Dreams community partner meet on a weekly basis with MSG Sports and MSG Entertainment employees to learn about their personal and professional journeys, absorb their wisdom through Q&A sessions, and make connections that lead to long-term relationships. These students also benefit from special hands-on experiences throughout the semester, such as the visit to the MSG Training Center described below.
On Wednesday, April 13th, Garden of Dreams young people took to the Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall to perform in the 2022 Garden of Dreams Talent Show, themed "Beyond A Dream."
While the Talent Show is an annual event, the program had been on hiatus for two years due to the pandemic. Some performers had been waiting to showcase their talents since originally auditioning and earning a spot in the 2020 show.
Every young person on stage and every guest in the audience will agree: it was an evening worth waiting for. Over 100 young people from Garden of Dreams partners wowed the crowd of 2,500... Read More
The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a non-profit charity dedicated to bringing life changing opportunities to young people in need. In partnership with MSG Entertainment, MSG Sports and MSG Networks -including the Knicks, Rangers and Rockettes, Westchester Knicks, famed showplaces, TAO Group Hospitality and two sports and entertainment television networks - Garden of Dreams provides young people in our communities with access to educational and skills opportunities; mentoring programs; and memorable experiences that enhance their lives, help shape their futures and create lasting joy. Since its inception in 2006, the Garden of Dreams Foundation has impacted more... Read More
We are pleased to announce that Maggie Jacobs will be joining the Garden of Dreams Foundation as Executive Director. With over 20 years of experience providing quality opportunities to under-resourced children, including most recently, nine years at the New York Public Library, where she served as Director of Youth Services, Maggie will bring her expertise in leadership and youth development to our Garden of Dreams team.
During her tenure at the New York Public Library, Maggie successfully built the library's Youth Education Department from the ground up, providing programming from Early... Read More
The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.