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Garden of Dreams and New York Knicks Host "Week of Giving"

Knicks Staff, Alumni & Entertainment Teams Bring Unforgettable Moments to Tri-State Area Children

 

New York, NY (November 15, 2011) - The Garden of Dreams Foundation is kicking off the holiday season with a "Week of Giving" throughout the tri-state area. Hundreds of children serviced by the Garden of Dreams Foundation will be treated to nearly a week of special visits and events beginning on Thursday, November 17 through the following Tuesday, November 22. The "Week of Giving" will include a hospital visit, Thanksgiving dinner delivery, basketball-themed pizza party and special movie screening of the new holiday release "Arthur Christmas".

The week of holiday events will begin with a visit by the Knicks City Dancers to pediatric patients being treated at The Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. The dancers will be making their second hospital visit to the children ranging in age from infants to teens.

On the following Monday, the New York Knicks staff, coaches, alumni and entertainment teams will hold a day-of-service at the Children's Aid Society's Dunlevy-Milbank Center in Harlem. Knicks staff members will be joined by Knicks Legends John Starks and Cal Ramsey, who also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Children's Aid Society, as well as the Knicks City Dancer, Knicks City Kids and The Seventh Avenue Squad to provide 250 Thanksgiving Day meals to families serviced by the center. As a special treat both dance teams will entertain the families while a guest DJ will provide the tunes during the pizza party. The Children will also participate in arts and crafts stations and interactive games on the Knicks Groove Truck.

The final day of events will be an exclusive screening of Columbia Pictures holiday film "Arthur Christmas" in 3-D at Loews Magic Johnson Theater in Harlem. Nearly 300 children from the Children's Aid Society's Harlem Community Centers and Bronx Students in Temporary Housing Program will get a special preview of the movie before its official release the following day. The Knicks City Dancers and Knicks City Kids will be on hand to perform original routines, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and "Run, Run, Rudolph".

Below is an itinerary of events for the Garden of Dreams "Week of Giving":

Thursday, November 17, 1:00–2:00pm at Hackensack University Medical Center
20 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ
Who: Knicks City Dancers
What: Dancers will make bed side visits to more than 75 children being treated at The Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital.
 
Monday, November 21, 4:00–7:00pm at Children's Aid Society – Dunlevy-Milbank Center
14-32 West 118th Street (between Fifth Avenue and Malcolm X Blvd.), New York, NY
Who: Knicks Staff Members; Assistant Coaches Herb Williams, Phil Weber & Kenny Atkinson; Legends John Starks & Cal Ramsey and Knicks City Dancers and Knicks City Kids
What: Thanksgiving meals delivery, interactive games and pizza party for families serviced by the center.
 
Tuesday, November 22, 5:00–8:00pm at Loews Magic Johnson Theater
2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd., New York, NY
Who: Knicks City Dancers, Knicks City Kids, Children from Children's Aid Society
What: Preview screening of holiday film, "Arthur Christmas" for nearly 300 children, with holiday-themed dance performances.

The NBA's New York Knickerbockers basketball team, completing its 65th year of operation is part of The Madison Square Garden Company, a fully-integrated sports, entertainment and media business. The company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, which are strategically aligned to work together to drive the company's overall business, which is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports consists of owning and operating sports franchises, including the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), and the Connecticut Whale (AHL). MSG Sports also features other sports properties, including the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, track and field and tennis, as well as MSG Action Sports, an action sports and lifestyle division. MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from The Madison Square Garden Company's venues. MSG Media consists of the MSG Networks (MSG, MSG Plus, MSG HD and MSG Plus HD) regional sports networks and the Fuse Networks (Fuse and Fuse HD), a national television network dedicated to music. MSG Entertainment is one of the country's leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in The Madison Square Garden Company's diverse collection of venues. These venues include: Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, the Chicago Theatre and the Wang Theatre. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.

The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a non profit charity that works closely with all areas of The Madison Square Garden Company, including the New York Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, MSG Network, MSG Entertainment and Fuse to "make dreams come true for kids facing obstacles". Garden of Dreams partners with local children's hospitals, "wish" organizations and community-based organizations to build on-going, unforgettable programs for children in the tri-state area who are suffering from devastating illness, homelessness, abuse, hunger, extreme poverty and tragedy.

Contacts:
Alyson Furch
212-465-6263
alyson.furch@msg.com

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