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Rangers to Host Sixth Annual "Skate with the Greats"

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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The 1999-2000 New York Rangers, on behalf of NYR SKATE, will host the sixth annual "Skate with the Greats," on Tuesday, January 11, 2000. "Skate with the Greats" is a charity event to benefit The Ronald McDonald House of New York.

The event, co-hosted by Rangers Captain Brian Leetch and Hall of Famer Rod Gilbert, will commence at 6:00 p.m. at Wollman Rink in Central Park, New York. The evening will include a VIP reception, skating with several attending Rangers players and a live auction of National Hockey League memorabilia.

"All of us in the entire Rangers organization are very proud to be involved in "Skate with the Greats," commented Leetch. "The Ronald McDonald House of New York helps so many children every year, and it is great that we can help increase their impact through the proceeds generated at this event."

Founded by the insurance industry and friends, "Skate with the Greats," has become one of the House's largest fundraising efforts, raising nearly $2 million dollars since it's inception five years ago. The goal for this year's event is to raise a record $1 million, which will provide 7,300 care days to about 25% of families staying at the House annually.

The Ronald McDonald House of New York is one of the largest facilities in the world for pediatric cancer patients while they undergo treatment at New York City hospitals. The House relies on the ongoing commitment by supporters and benefactors to continue its mission to provide a home-away-from-home for ill children and their families. The Ronald
McDonald House of New York organizes parties and fundraising events throughout the year to entertain its families and to maintain the operation and continued administration of the 13-story facility.

NYR SKATE 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 Draft Day '99 and SuperSkate '99 and 2000, the Rangers will provide financial assistance to a variety of children's charities.

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