On Friday, March 6, after having to postpone the event due to inclement weather, the New York Rangers held the annual full-team Casino Night fundraiser to benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation. This annual fundraising event is a perennial fan favorite and features the entire New York Rangers team, coaching staff, hockey management executives, and select Rangers alumni. Guests had a chance to get to know their Rangers in a friendly, fun environment and they could also participate in silent and live auctions, and much more in support of Garden of Dreams.
The evening kicked off with two VIP sessions for High Roller and Full House ticket purchasers that featured separate intimate meet and greets with the team or Rangers alumni and hockey operations staff. Then with the doors open at 7 PM, crowds filtered in to see the full team introduced in their sharpest suits and learn about how impactful the event is to the Garden of Dreams children and families. Following the brief program, fans and players hit the gaming tables for hours and the evening concluded with the live auction.
|Captain, Ryan McDonagh and Alternate Captains, Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis help Joe Micheletti auction off a special jersey and stick. MSG Photos |
Once again, the event was a big success and its proceeds will go a long way to help the Garden of Dreams Foundation in its efforts to positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles by developing strong, long-term relationships that truly change lives. More than 250,000 youngsters have already been impacted by Garden of Dreams, and through ticket sales, live, silent, and online auctions, and other fundraisers at the event a total of nearly $300,000 was raised to help the foundation's continuing mission.
The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with The Madison Square Garden Company to positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles. The Foundation works with 25 partner organizations throughout the tri-state area, including hospitals, wish organizations and community-based organizations, to reach children who are facing challenges such as homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care. Since it began in 2006, Garden of Dreams has used the magic of MSG – the Rangers, Knicks, Liberty, MSG Entertainment and MSG Networks – to brighten the lives of more than 250,000 children and their families. The Foundation takes pride in its commitment to truly change lives, hosting more than 500 events and programs each year. In addition, through its Garden of Dreams Giving program, the Foundation helps its partner organizations meet the critical needs of the children they serve, including through direct support of scholarships and tangible, targeted community projects. For more information, visit gardenofdreamsfoundation.org.