The Rangers will be hosting Garden of Dreams Night, as a part of Garden of Dreams Week, on Tuesday, November 29th when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes at MSG. As part of the night, children and families from Children Aid Society, will be invited to attend the game and participate in various once-in-a-lifetime opportunities including honorary members of the starting lineup and Blue Crew members, Stick Kids for the night, watching warm-ups from the penalty box, and rides on the Zamboni machine.
Bryce Rogerson (Coach for the Day)
In addition, the Rangers will be granting a "Make-A-Dream Come True" experience for 11-year-old Bryce Rogerson from New York Presbyterian and Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley. At birth, Bryce was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) and underwent three open heart surgeries while awaiting a new heart. On January 14th, 2014, Bryce finally got the call that he would be receiving a new heart. During his time in the hospital, Bryce developed a love for the New York Rangers, and as he entered surgery he clung onto his Henrik Lundqvist jersey for good luck. Although Bryce's surgery was successful, he is still unable to play sports, so he continues to remain involved by managing his school's football team and supporting the Rangers with his brother and sister. On our annual Garden of Dreams Night, Bryce will have an opportunity to be an honorary Rangers Coach for a day. Follow us on social media for updates on Bryce's dream experience, which will also include dropping the ceremonial first puck.
Paul Deandre Manning (National Anthem & Honorary Musician)
The Rangers also invited Paul Deandre Manning from the Garden of Dreams Foundation partner, Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, to perform the National Anthem. Paul has had a devoted passion to music since he was a child, and he even made his first guitar out of paper and tape. With role models like Jimi Hendrix and Dimebag Darrell, music has had an important role in Paul's life. It has allowed him to overcome many obstacles, and he hopes that one day his talent will give him the opportunity to buy his family a house. Be sure to follow us on social media to see Paul play the National Anthem at center ice.
Garden of Dreams Week
Garden of Dreams Week kicked off on Monday, November 28th, with the New York Knicks hosting a Garden of Dreams Night at MSG. Additionally, the staff at MSG will be invited to participate in a Staff Day of Service and there will be a special Garden of Dreams grant announcement during the week. For information on Garden of Dreams Week, visit gardenofdreamsfoundation.org.
The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with The Madison Square Garden Company and MSG Networks Inc. to positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles. The Foundation works with 28 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 the Rangers, Knicks, Liberty and MSG Entertainment, as well as MSG Network and MSG+, to brighten the lives of more than 325,000 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.