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Garden of Dreams Foundation Is Honored by SCO Family of Services at Organization’s Annual Shepherd’s Ball

Foundation Receives Award for its Heroic Impact on Thousands of Children Affiliated with SCO

New York, NY (November 19, 2012) — The Garden of Dreams Foundation, which works with all areas of The Madison Square Garden Company to make dreams come true for children facing obstacles, was honored by SCO Family of Services at its annual Shepherd’s Ball on Friday, November 16. The Foundation was recognized for the significant and lasting contributions it has made in the lives of thousands of children and families involved with SCO Family of Services, since Garden of Dreams was first established in 2006. Hank Ratner, chairman of the Garden of Dreams Foundation and president and chief executive officer of The Madison Square Garden Company, accepted the award at the event. Also in attendance were New York Knicks greats, John Starks and Larry Johnson and New York Rangers legends, Rod Gilbert and Adam Graves.   

“We are extremely proud that Garden of Dreams has received this important honor from SCO Family of Services, one of New York’s most well-regarded and long-standing charities, and one of the Foundation’s original partners,” said Mr. Ratner. “Garden of Dreams is committed to using the power and magic associated with all areas of The Madison Square Garden Company to brighten the lives of extraordinary children, and we have been privileged to work with SCO Family of Services to bring joy and happiness to children in their care.”

Since 2006, Garden of Dreams has provided thousands and thousands of children from SCO Family of Services, which has been offering vital human services to the most vulnerable children and families throughout New York City and Long Island for more than 100 years, with unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, often involving unprecedented access to Madison Square Garden celebrities, events and venues.  In addition, Garden of Dreams completely transformed one of the organization’s foster care visiting rooms in Brooklyn, creating a welcoming and positive environment ideal for celebrations and important family bonding.
Overall, Garden of Dreams works closely with 22 outstanding organizations throughout the tri-state area, including hospitals, wish organizations and community based organizations.  Since its inception, Garden of Dreams has created thousands of unique, ongoing events and programs that have impacted the lives of more than 215,000 children and their families.

The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity with the mission of positively impacting the lives of children facing obstacles, in partnership with The Madison Square Garden Company. The Foundation works closely with the Knicks, the Rangers, the Liberty, MSG Entertainment, MSG Networks and Fuse to create unique, unforgettable events and programs that provide children with a personal and on-going connection with the magic of The Madison Square Garden Company, brightening their lives and making dreams come true.  Since its inception in September 2006, Garden of Dreams has created thousands of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that have brought joy and happiness to more than 215,000 children and their families, including those facing homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care.

SCO Family of Services helps vulnerable New Yorkers build a strong foundation for the future. We get young children off to a good start, launch youth into adulthood, stabilize and strengthen families and unlock potential for children and adults with special needs. We enable New Yorkers to meet life's challenges with support, care and acceptance. SCO has played a vital role delivering human services in communities throughout New York City and Long Island for more than 100 years.


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