In February, Garden of Dreams invited some of our children and families from Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley, and Children's Village to a Westchester Knicks game to take part in various in-game elements to participate in throughout the night. Our kids and teens participated in the fan tunnel, t-shirt toss, and Fortnite dance battle! Julie was named an Honorary Westchester Knick and warmed up with her new teammates before the game. Matthew, from Make-a-Wish Hudson Valley, acted as an Honorary Coach and talked game strategy with coach and the players. Bianca, also from Make-a-Wish Hudson Valley, sang the National Anthem while Alexsa, from WHEDco, and... Read More
Kelly, Garden of Dreams Talent Show alumna and 2016 Inspire Scholarship recipient, had an unforgettable experience studying abroad for six weeks this summer in Salamanca, Spain. A junior at James Madison University studying Nursing and Medical Spanish, Kelly, from GDF partner Make-A-Wish New Jersey, took three classes at the Universidad de la Salamanca that were all taught in Spanish. Most of her professors spoke no English, so Kelly said there was a learning curve at first, but it really helped improve her overall confidence with the language.
Immersing herself in the culture right away, Kelly admired how charming the city was and how welcoming the people were.... Read More
Over twenty children from Bridge Haven Family Center in the Bronx were visited by the Knicks Gaming team last Thursday, July 19th. The six players and their coach have made history as MSG’s first official NBA 2K League team. The players shared their stories and unique backgrounds with the kids during a Q&A session, where they encouraged them to follow their passions. Our kids were even more excited when the Knicks gamers surprised them with a brand-new PlayStation4... 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
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