On Friday, March 1, 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 Rangers Legends Rod Gilbert and Adam Graves. 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.
|Henrik Lundqvist helps Sam Rosen auction off a game-used stick. |
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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 hear the parent of Garden of Dreams wish recipient Chris McCabe share her story of how Garden of Dreams has impacted her family and son. Following the brief program, fans and players hit the gaming tables for hours and the evening concluded with the live auction and a few parting words from the Foundation’s spokesperson Henrik Lundqvist.
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 225,000 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 more than $230,00 was raised to help the foundation's continuing mission.
The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that works with The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) to positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles. Through ongoing programs that use the magic of MSG – including the Knicks, the Rangers, the Liberty, MSG Entertainment, MSG Networks and Fuse – the Foundation develops strong, long-term relationships that truly change lives. Since its inception in September 2006, Garden of Dreams has created thousands of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that have brought joy and happiness to more than 225,000 children and their families, including those facing homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care. For more information, visit gardenofdreamsfoundation.org.