On Thursday, May 10 Rangers alumni Rod Gilbert and Adam Graves joined other MSG alumni and personalities in the celebration of Garden of Dreams’ newest room refurbishment.
The complete overhaul of the common spaces in the Children’s Diagnostic Radiology Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital is the Garden of Dreams Foundation largest refurbishment project to date. The newly remodeled space represents Garden of Dreams’ largest contribution for any refurbishing project to date, with $175,000 donated to create a more comfortable, soothing, child and family-friendly atmosphere for the 11,500 children who visit the center each year for everything from sports-related injuries to life threatening diseases.
|Rod Gilbert and Adam Graves at the post-ribbon cutting reception. |
Gilbert and Graves were joined at the ribbon cutting ceremony by Knicks alumni Larry Johnson and John Starks, Liberty alumnus Kym Hampton, Liberty mascot Maddie, MSG Network’s Jill Martin, Fuse’s Esteban Serrano and Garden of Dreams board member Darrell McDaniel of Run DMC. Following the ceremony, Garden of Dreams hosted a celebration for patients and families in the hospital’s Wintergarden area.
"For more than three years, the Garden of Dreams has been working with us to help ease the fears and stress of our young patients and their families,” said Kevin Hammeran, senior vice president and chief operating officer of NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. “This gift for the Children's Diagnostic Radiology Center has made possible the enhancement of a physical space in a lively way that promotes healing and comfort. We are grateful to the Garden of Dreams for this wonderful gift, and for its ongoing activities to bring joy to our pediatric patients and their families.”
The Garden of Dreams Foundation’s renovation of the space, which has not been refurbished in over 25 years, includes a breathtaking 130 foot mural by renowned artist, James Kimak. Kimak used intricate images to create what he calls “distraction therapy,” where children can explore the mural while they wait to be seen by doctors.
The mural features New York Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony; New York Knicks legend John Starks; MSG Network analyst and Hall-of-Famer Walt “Clyde” Frazier; New York Rangers All-Star goalie and Garden of Dreams spokesperson Henrik Lundqvist; Rangers legends Mark Messier and Adam Graves; New York Liberty legend Kym Hampton and team mascot, Maddie; MSG Network’s Al Trautwig; legendary recording artist and Garden of Dreams board member, Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC; The Rockettes; as well as children from the Garden of Dreams Foundation. Additionally, the renovation incorporates new ceilings, lighting, wall protection, flooring, and fresh paint within the space.
New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital is one of Garden of Dreams 22 partner organizations. New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital is dedicated to creating a warm and welcoming, family-centered patient care environment. The hospital’s staff is committed to providing outstanding and compassionate care to each and every one of our pediatric patients, and at the same time, dedicated to responding to the concerns and needs of parents and family members.
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, visitgardenofdreamsfoundation.org.