Ray Romano, Wanda Sykes, and More to Take Part in GARDEN OF LAUGHS at MSG, 1/26
MSG Entertainment and the Garden of Dreams Foundation has just announced Garden of Laughs, an unprecedented Garden of Dreams event to be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Executive Produced by Emmy Award-winner, Rory Rosegarten, this one-night-only event will feature stand-up performances by some of the biggest names in comedy, including Adam Ferrara, Darrell Hammond, Robert Klein, Ray Romano and Wanda Sykes, with more comedians to be announced. The night of stand-up comedy is being created specifically to benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit charity that works with all areas of The Madison Square Garden Company, including MSG Entertainment, Rangers, Knicks, Liberty, MSG Networks and Fuse.
“The magic of The Madison Square Garden Company has brought joy and hope to hundreds of thousands of children and their families facing difficult circumstances in our community. That’s what the Garden of Dreams Foundation is all about – positively transforming the lives of the children we serve through unforgettable events and programs that forge meaningful, lasting relationships,” said Hank Ratner, president and chief executive officer, The Madison Square Garden Company and chairman of the board, Garden of Dreams Foundation. “While we are extremely proud of the enormous impact we have had, we are committed to doing even more in the future. That’s why we’re so grateful to the numerous entertainers and celebrities who have generously donated their time and talent to be a part of this fantastic event.”
Joining the celebrated comedic line-up of Garden of Laughs will be an esteemed list of entertainment and sports icons, who will serve as presenters for this very special evening.
“In the spirit of charity and humor, I am honored to be a part of Garden of Laughs and support the amazing work of the Garden of Dreams Foundation,” said Ray Romano. “It’s going to be an incredibly funny night and I look forward to sharing the stage and a lot of laughs with my fellow comedians to help raise money for children who need a helping hand.”
The Garden of Dreams Foundation does what no other charity in the world can do: it uses the power of MSG’s personalities and properties to create unforgettable programs that enhance the lives of kids and their families. The Madison Square Garden Company has worked tirelessly to help fulfill Garden of Dreams’ mission to brighten the lives of children who are facing life challenges – whether they relate to illness, homelessness, poverty, foster care or tragedy. Because of these efforts, which often involve unprecedented access to celebrities, events and venues, Garden of Dreams has been able to impact more than 215,000 children and their families since its inception in 2006.
“I have been going to the Garden for as long as I can remember and have been a season subscriber to the Rangers for many years. In being around the Garden, I was well aware of the amazing work they were doing through the Garden of Dreams Foundation for children in the area. I called my friends at MSG to discuss what I could do to help and together, we developed an idea for a night of stand-up comedy,” said Rory Rosegarten, executive producer of Garden of Laughs. “I am thrilled to be a part of an event that I know will be a great night, and will help the Garden of Dreams Foundation continue to change the lives of these kids.”
Garden of Dreams’ signature events and programs include one of the Foundation’s most memorable and impactful annual events – the star-studded Talent Show at Radio City Music Hall. More than 100 children from the Foundation’s partner organizations participated in a wide array of exceptional performances in front of an enthusiastic audience and several A-list celebrities. Over the course of a year, once-in-a-lifetime experiences include exclusive programs with The Rockettes, celebrities, athletes and coaches who make up the MSG family and exclusive meet and greets, along with access to concerts and sporting events. In addition, Garden of Dreams conducts a fun-filled “Dream Week” summer camp that, fulfills the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions, and provides children with memories that last a lifetime through its “Make-A-Dream Come True” and “Dream Night” programs that are conducted at concerts, family shows and sporting events held at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre. Other Foundation initiatives include educational programs designed to mentor and inspire high school students, as well as coat, toy and holiday gift drives. For more information on the Garden of Dreams Foundation, the programs we run, and the children we serve, please visit www.GardenofDreamsFoundation.org.
Rory Rosegarten is a personal talent manager and an Emmy Award-winning television producer.
For tickets and more information on Garden of Laughs, visit www.theateratmsg.com. Tickets range from $50 to $125. Chase costumers can use a Chase credit or debit card to purchase advance tickets during this exclusive Chase Advance Ticket sale. Limited-time offer only available beginning Monday, October 15 at 10AM through Thursday, October 18 at 10PM while tickets last.
Public on sale begins Friday, October 19 at 10AM and will be available through Ticketmaster Charge By Phone (1-866-858-0008) and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets will also be available in person at MSG, Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre Box Offices beginning Monday, October 22. All net proceeds raised will help support the Garden of Dreams’ efforts to make dreams come true for children facing obstacles
The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a non-profit charity that works with all areas of The Madison Square Garden Company, including the Rangers, Knicks, Liberty, MSG Entertainment, MSG Networks and Fuse to make dreams come true for kids facing obstacles. Since its inception in September 2006, Garden of Dreams has impacted more than 215,000 children and families, with nearly 2,300 special events and experiences. Garden of Dreams partners with 22 organizations to create unforgettable, on-going events and programs designed to brighten the lives of children facing enormous obstacles, from homelessness and foster care, to illness, to extreme poverty. Garden of Dreams partners include local children’s hospitals, Make A Wish Foundation’s, community based organizations, as well as the NYPD and FDNY Widows and Children’s Funds and The Wounded Warrior Project. The Foundation’s core programs include Dream Week, the Garden of Dreams Talent Show, Dream Nights, Make a Dream Come True program, special celebrations, hospital visits, holiday “Adopt-A-Family, “Show Kids New York”, MSG Classroom, Fuse Rocks the Classroom, and countless others.
MSG Entertainment (MSGE), the live entertainment arm of The Madison Square Garden Company (Nasdaq: MSG), is a Worldwide Entertainment company recognized for its signature combination of event production and entertainment marketing. In addition to the nearly 900 entertainment concerts and events that take place each year at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, The Chicago Theatre, and the Forum arena in Inglewood, California, MSGE has an exclusive co-booking agreement with Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center/ Wang Theatre. MSG Entertainment's live events include the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which has played to more than 70 million people in 88 different cities across North America. More than five million people attend MSG Entertainment branded events annually including concerts, special events, and family attractions.
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