The New York Rangers, as part of their NYR S.K.A.T.E. program, a division of the Madison Square Garden Cheering for Children Foundation, are pleased to continue their support of the United States Marine Corps efforts on behalf of the Toys for Tots program. Members of the Rangers will hold three toy drives throughout the New York metropolitan area during this holiday season, collecting toys for young children. All fans that bring an unwrapped toy to any of the collections will receive one autographed item from the participating players at that event. The donated toys will be distributed by the United States Marine Corps. This year marks the seventh annual Rangers Toy Drive, which is spearheaded by Rangers alternate captain Adam Graves. In the Rangers first toy collection on December 4 in Bay Side, nearly 2,000 toys were collected.
The second toy drive of the season will take place on Tuesday, December 19 at Antonio’s Restauraunt on 105 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains (914-946-2411). The drive will take place from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Members of the 2000-2001 New York Rangers expected to participate are: Adam Graves, Theoren Fleury, Sandy McCarthy, Rich Pilon, Dale Purinton, Mike York and Eric Lacroix.
The Rangers will conclude their Toys for Tots collection drives on Friday, December 22 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Cronies Restaurant on 1695 Second Avenue in New York City (212-860-1919). Adam Graves, Petr Nedved, Jan Hlavac, Brian Leetch, Mike Richter and Manny Malhotra are scheduled to appear.
NYR S.K.A.T.E. (Seeing Kids Achieve, Triumph and Excel) was established in January 1998, as a division of the Madison Square Garden Cheering for Children Foundation, designed to enrich the lives of children in the tri-state area. Through monies raised this season from fundraising programs including in-game silent auctions and raffles, GardenVision sweet spot messages, outer mall activities and special events including the Rangers Golf Classic and SuperSkate '99 and 2000, the Rangers will provide financial assistance to a variety of children’s charities.