New York Rangers Team Up with DHS for Special Thanksgiving Event
On Tuesday, November 20, Department of Homeless Services (DHS) Commissioner Seth Diamond joined New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, agency staff and DHS clients for a special Thanksgiving event, held at a Lower Manhattan shelter.
Sponsored by the Garden of Dreams Foundation, the event transformed the shelter’s cafeteria into a festive holiday banquet hall, and provided traditional Thanksgiving meals to 350 adults and children.
Shades of autumn adorned the circular tables, which were blanketed with orange and brown tablecloths and a variety of Thanksgiving-themed centerpieces. The room was also decked out with a number of New York Rangers and Garden of Dreams banners− decorations that provided a fitting backdrop as volunteers from both groups cheerfully served meals to attendees.
Hank Ratner, President and CEO of Madison Square Garden and Chairman of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, was among the representatives on-hand, alongside New York Rangers hockey legends Rod Gilbert, Adam Graves and Andre Dore. Signing autographs and giving out their fair-share of high-fives, the former players spent time visiting with families and brought all-star pizzazz to an already fantastic night.
“Every year, DHS collaborates with community partners to help brighten the holidays for clients in shelter,” said Commissioner Diamond. “Thanks to the generosity of Garden of Dreams, hundreds of families at Life not only enjoyed a great Thanksgiving meal, but will also remember their holiday with the New York Rangers for years to come.”
The event also featured musical entertainment and arts-and-crafts activities for the youngsters.
Last year, the New York Rangers visited the same facility to hand out winter coats to children at the site.
As Madison Square Garden’s philanthropic organization, the Garden of Dreams has− in its six years of existence− worked with DHS and other partners to serve more than 215,000 families in the tri-state area. Coordinating its efforts through the agency’s Office of Communications & External Affairs, the foundation has enabled families in shelter to attend a number of New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty games, as well as an array of entertainment events and concerts.
To learn more about the Garden of Dreams Foundation, visit its Web site at http://www.gardenofdreamsfoundation.org/