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In the spirit of the holiday season and as part of an ongoing commitment to make dreams come true for kids in our area, the New York Rangers and Garden of Dreams Foundation brought back their annual coat drive to help keep New York’s children warm this winter. This marked the fifth consecutive year fans were able to contribute a gently used or new children’s winter coat for the Rangers to deliver to the children and families of Garden of Dreams partner charities.
|Rangers captain Chris Drury poses with a youngster at Harlem Dowling on Dec. 7 after delivering coats donated by Rangers fans. |
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Thanks to the overwhelming support of the fans, community rink partners, and coat companies in the Garment District, over 2,000 coats were collected and delivered to underprivileged kids this holiday season. Fans had an opportunity to donate coats at various Rangers games in November as well as at various community ice arenas, which have been so important to this program for the last three years. Many of the coats were brand new, which is a tribute to the fans generosity as well as the generosity of various coat companies here in Manhattan that wanted to support the cause.
After the coats were collected, Rangers current players and alumni, as well as members of the Rangers wives and significant others group helped distribute them to local organizations in the area and help the children pick out their perfect coat.
On Tuesday, December 7, Chris Drury and Michal Rozsival delivered coats to over 100 kids from Harlem Dowling, a partner of Garden of Dreams. Harlem Dowling, a not-for-profit child welfare agency, serves and assists children and their families in crises and distress. Among the services that Harlem Dowling provides are: foster care, adoption, preventative services, and related assistance to children and their families to enable them to live in a stable and nurturing environment. In addition to distributing the coats, Drury and Rozsival signed autographs and took pictures while spreading holiday cheer. The kids received snacks and gift bags as well.
“This is my fourth year participating in the Rangers coat drive,” said New York Rangers Captain, Chris Drury. “It’s an amazing program and definitely one of my favorite team events. Everyone deserves and needs a warm coat in the winter, especially a New York winter.”
|On Dec. 17, the Rangers' wives and significant others teamed up with the Garden of Dreams Foundation to deliver coats to kids by staging a unique fashion show at the Children's Aid Society's East Harlem Center gymnasium. |
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On Thursday, December 9, Adam Graves delivered coats to children from SCO Family of Services in Brooklyn. SCO Family of Services, which is a partner of Garden of Dreams, works with New York’s most vulnerable—those striving to overcome the devastating impact of poverty, neglect, abuse, or developmental and mental challenges. Following school that day, the children lined up to pick out a new winter coat before meeting Graves and receiving snacks and gift bags.
“Especially this time of year,” stated Graves, “As we all know it’s getting colder out there so it’s imperative to dress warm and stay warm. It’s great to see these kids have the opportunity to grab themselves a special coat, a bite to eat and be able to hangout and celebrate a little.”
For the third and final delivery of coats, members of the Rangers’ wives and significant others group hosted a special fashion show event at the Children’s Aid Society East Harlem Center gymnasium. For 150 Years, the Children’s Aid Society has had a single mission: to do whatever New York City’s neediest children need. Its goal is to ensure the physical and emotional well being of children and families, and to provide every child with the support and opportunities needed to become a happy, healthy and successful adult. Children’s Aid Society is a partner of Garden of Dreams.
For this particular event, the group of NYR Ladies helped transform the facility into a Coat Boutique and Fashion Show Runway. Children were welcomed with a pizza party before heading into the gymnasium to select their new coats. Upon selecting the coats, children signed up for the Fashion Show, and received make up and props for their runway debuts. Once every child had selected a coat, the wives and significant others took seats along the runaway for a Fashion Show hosted by supermodel Kim Alexis. Alexis introduced all the children to the stage individually first while the audience snapped photos. Surely an experience the kids will never forget!SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING COMMUNITY ICE ARENAS AND COAT COMPANIES FOR THEIR GENEROSITY AND PARTICIPATION IN THIS YEAR’S COAT DRIVE:
|Community Ice Arenas |
- Brewster Ice Arena
- City Ice Pavilion
- Danbury Arena
- Ebersole Ice Rink
- Floyd Hall Arena
- Freeport Recreational Ice Center
- Ice Time Sports Complex
- City of Long Beach Arena
- McCann Ice Arena
- EJ Murray Memorial Skating Center
- Palisades Center Ice Rink
- Playland Ice Casino
- Port Washington Skating Center
- Staten Island Skating Pavilion
- Stergiopoulos Ice Rink
- Superior Ice Rink
- Wonderland of Ice
- World Ice Arena
|Coat Companies |
- G-III Apparel Group
- Junior Gallery
- Big Chill
- Comint Apparel Group
- Amerex Group
- Santa Fe Apparel
For more information on the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit charity that works closely with all areas of Madison Square Garden, including the Rangers, Knicks, Liberty, MSG Entertainment, MSG Media and Fuse to "make dreams come true for children facing obstacles,” please log onto gardenofdreamsfoundation.org