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The Rangers Celebrate Garden of Dreams Week

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

As a part of Garden of Dreams Week, the Rangers will be hosting Garden of Dreams Night vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, December 8 at Madison Square Garden to help raise awareness for the Garden of Dreams Foundation and to make dreams come true for children facing obstacles. Throughout the evening, Garden of Dreams programming will be a focal point of all areas of the game presentation and will allow for many children to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime opportunities at MSG.

Some of the unique experiences that children will participate in are a ceremonial puck drop, Zamboni rides, serving as guest reporter, PA announcer, musician, honorary Blue Crew member and more! All of the Garden of Dreams kids in attendance — courtesy of the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation — will get the thrill of being featured on GardenVision.

Additionally, a very special guest will be joining the Rangers from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York chapter. Lucia Funaro, 15, will have her wish granted to sing the national anthem at Madison Square Garden. Click here to learn more about Lucia’s background and story.

Chris Falzone, 15, had his wish fulfilled on Thursday, December 4, when he met captain, Ryan McDonagh, and took shots on Henrik Lundqvist.  Chris was signed to a 1-day contract with the Rangers on Monday and will spend the day with the team.  To view Chris’ full story, click here.

Granting wishes for children facing life-threatening illnesses is one of several ways the Garden of Dreams Foundation positively impacts the lives of children and families in our area. For fans interested in supporting the Foundation, an MSG Networks Fundraiser is being held on Garden of Dreams Night giving fans an opportunity to win exclusive Rangers related items. To participate in the MSG Networks Fundraiser or to learn more, click here.

Through the various fundraising efforts of the Foundation, Garden of Dreams has the ability to brighten the lives of children facing hardships.

Another experience highlighting the impact of Garden of Dreams includes a young fan that was given a unique behind the scenes day with the Rangers. Fifteen-year-old, Lauren Leeber, had severe meningitis with sepsis and as a result has had both of her legs amputated, as well as one hand and multiple fingers at just five years old. The Garden of Dreams sent her to the MSG Training Center in September to watch practice and meet some of her favorite players. For an inside look at her experience, click here.

To learn more about Garden of Dreams or to find out how you can lend support, visit

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