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.|