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Foundation Works With The Madison Square Garden Company to Bring Joy to Children Across The Tri-State Area

Activities Include: Newly Refurbished Pediatric Emergency Department Unveiling at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center; Dedicated Knicks and Rangers Game Nights Featuring Once-In-A-Lifetime In-Arena Experiences; and An Unforgettable Evening with “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical”

Other Activities Include MSG Networks fundraisers and an MSG Day of Service – both to benefit the Garden of Dreams

 

New York, NY (December 1, 2014) - For the first time ever, The Garden of Dreams Foundation and The Madison Square Garden Company are coming together to host Garden of Dreams Week. From Dec. 2 - 8, children from across the tri-state area will enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences – including participating in game-night entertainment at Knicks and Rangers games and attending a show in the company of an Oscar-nominated actress. Other activities include the unveiling of a newly remodeled pediatric emergency department, MSG Network fundraisers to benefit Garden of Dreams, and a day of service for employees of The Madison Square Garden Company.

Since its inception in 2006, Garden of Dreams has worked with The Madison Square Garden Company to bring the magic of MSG – including the Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, MSG Entertainment and MSG Networks – to children facing obstacles such as homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care.

On Thursday, Dec. 4, Garden of Dreams will unveil a refurbished Pediatric Emergency Department at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. The newly remodeled space, which features breathtaking murals in the main corridor, triage and trauma rooms, offers a comfortable, soothing and child- and family-friendly environment for children facing treatment and is the latest example of the Foundation’s commitment to support tangible, targeted community projects.

Fans coming to The Garden to watch the Knicks on Dec. 2 and the Rangers on Dec. 8 will witness for themselves the talent and bravery of the Garden of Dreams children, who will sing the national anthem, act as guest PA announcers and perform musical numbers. Before each game, there will be a ceremony honoring a child in the Foundation. Meanwhile, fans at home, who are watching the games on MSG Network, will have the chance to participate in the MSG Networks fundraisers to benefit the Foundation.

Among other activities during Garden of Dreams Week, a group of children affiliated with the Foundation will attend a performance of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” on Dec. 5 at the Theater at MSG with Quvenzhané Wallis, the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of the upcoming movie remake of “Annie,” in theaters December 19.

Throughout the week, employees of The Madison Square Garden Company will help support these many events and on Dec. 3, will take part in an employee “Day of Service.” On this day, volunteers will work alongside Knicks, Rangers and Liberty legends and the Rockettes to make blankets for children’s hospitals, create winter warm-up bundles for children in local homeless shelters and wrap holiday gifts for children from the Wounded Warrior Project, NYPD and FDNY Widows’ and Children’s Funds.

Outlined below is a complete itinerary of events for the week:

Tuesday, December 2
New York Knicks Garden of Dreams Awareness Night
– Children will be given the opportunity to participate in every aspect of the in-game entertainment – from singing the national anthem to performing musical numbers to guest announcers.
– MSG Network will host a fundraiser benefitting Garden of Dreams during the game telecast, giving callers the chance to bid for [exclusive] Knicks memorabilia.

Wednesday, December 3
Madison Square Garden Company “Employee Day of Service”
– Employees will work alongside the Rockettes, and Knicks, Rangers and Liberty alumni to help make it a warmer and more joyful winter for Garden of Dreams children.

Thursday, December 4
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Refurbished Pediatric Emergency Department Unveil
– Garden of Dreams will unveil a refurbished Pediatric Emergency Department at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, featuring MSG themed murals throughout the main corridor, triage and trauma rooms.

Friday, December 5
Children from Garden of Dreams Attend “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” at the Theater at MSG
– Children will get to see a live performance of Dr. Seuss' classic holiday tale with Quvenzhané Wallis, the youngest actress ever to receive an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress.

Monday, December 8
New York Rangers Garden of Dreams Awareness Night
– Children will be given the opportunity to participate in every aspect of the in-game entertainment – from singing the national anthem to performing musical numbers to guest announcers.
– MSG Network will host a fundraiser benefitting Garden of Dreams during the game telecast, giving callers the chance to bid for [exclusive] Rangers memorabilia.

About the Garden of Dreams Foundation
The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with The Madison Square Garden Company to positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles. The Foundation works with 25 partner organizations throughout the tri-state area, including hospitals, wish organizations and community-based organizations, to reach children who are facing challenges such as homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care. Since it began in 2006, Garden of Dreams has used the magic of MSG – the Rangers, Knicks, Liberty, MSG Entertainment and MSG Networks – to brighten the lives of more than 250,000 children and their families. The Foundation takes pride in its commitment to truly change lives, hosting more than 500 event and programs each year. In addition, through its Garden of Dreams Giving program, the Foundation helps its partner organizations meet the critical needs of the children they serve, including through direct support of scholarships and tangible, targeted community projects. For more information on the Garden of Dreams Foundation, visit www.GardenofDreamsFoundation.org.

About the Madison Square Garden Company
The Madison Square Garden Company is a fully-integrated sports, media and entertainment 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 the company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports owns and operates the following sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), the Westchester Knicks (NBADL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). MSG Sports also features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, bull riding and tennis. MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from the Company’s venues. MSG Media’s television networks consist of regional sports networks, MSG Network and MSG+, collectively referred to as MSG Networks. 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 Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in the Company’s diverse collection of venues. These venues consist of Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, the Forum in Inglewood, CA, The Chicago Theatre, and the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.

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