As part of an ongoing commitment to make dreams come true for kids in crisis, the Rangers and the Garden of Dreams Foundation once again partnered to brighten the lives of children in need.
Through a lot of hard work and man hours, Madison Square Garden and the Garden of Dreams Foundation renovated and transformed a family visiting room for SCO Family of Services during the 2007-08 season. Funded by the Rangers, Knicks and Garden of Dreams Foundation, improvements included the construction of a state-of-the-art room with new furniture, new flooring, an MSG inspired mural and other New York Rangers, Knicks and Liberty touches.
On April 14, "Garden Greats" Adam Graves, John Starks and Kym Hampton represented all divisions of Madison Square Garden in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly refurbished room at SCO's facility in Brooklyn, NY.
"Certainly this has been a collaborative effort with many people from SCO, MSG and the Garden of Dreams Foundation and its been a lot of fun for everyone involved," stated Graves, who joined Starks and children from SCO on April 11 to put some finishing touches on the refurbished room.
The goal of this transformed room is to give SCO Family of Services a bigger and better space to celebrate special family occasions and meet in a relaxed environment.
"It's an absolute pleasure that they're allowing Madison Square Garden, the Rangers, Knicks and Liberty to be right in their home," said Graves. "And to have an area where the kids can reunite with their families and spend quality time, we're very fortunate to be a part of it."
A partner of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, SCO Family of Services is a non-profit agency that works to overcome the devastating impacts of poverty, neglect, abuse, and developmental and mental challenges, and help children strive for bright, more independent futures.
"This new room allows children impacted by the upheaval of foster care to feel more important," said SCO Director of Institutional Advancement, Renee Swanson, "and gives them the opportunity to experience the happiness and excitement that they all deserve. We can't thank the teams and Garden of Dreams enough for turning a very institutional place into a child-friendly space that makes all of our family visits special."
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 kids in crisis," please log onto gardenofdreamsfoundation.org