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New York RangersBY: NY Rangers PR Department

The Garden of Dreams Foundation announced today that Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is the recipient of the 2012 Garden of Dreams Hero Award. The award, established in 2009, honors one person or organization annually who embodies the spirit and commitment of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, with active, on-going dedication to children facing obstacles.

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Crown Collection Apparel Available Exclusively at Madison Square Garden Beginning Today

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist today launched the Crown Collection, a selection of apparel he designed that will benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation.  Launching the Crown Collection is just one way that Lundqvist, a spokesperson for the Foundation, is committed to helping fulfill Garden of Dreams’ mission of making dreams come true for children facing obstacles. In the six years since the Foundation’s inception, Lundqvist has inspired thousands of special children through Rangers ticket donations and hosting events.

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Proceeds From Sale of Lundqvist’s Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Mask to Benefit Foundation

The New York Rangers announced today that the $35,000 net proceeds from the sale of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s game-worn Winter Classic mask will benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation. Lundqvist, the spokesperson for the Garden of Dreams, commissioned two masks for the nationally televised outdoor game, with the sole purpose of making the second mask available to raise funds for the Foundation. The sale of the mask through Madison Square Garden’s partnership with Steiner Sports for MSG-Steiner Collectibles, illustrates Lundqvist’s commitment to helping fulfill the Foundation’s mission to make dreams come true for children facing obstacles.

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Rangers Here’s your chance…and you can help underprivileged children along the way as well. We’ll be taking part and hope you do as well…

Here’s the official release out of NY Ranger Central: 

Rangers Greats Brian Leetch, Rod Gilbert and Adam Graves take to the ice at Rockefeller Center, Thursday, Jan. 28 6:30 PM
On Thursday, January 28th, Brian Leetch, Rod Gilbert, Adam Graves and other celebrated former Rangers will take part in the 16th annual Skate with the Greats event at Rockefeller Center. The Skate with the Greats event has helped to raise more than $6 million for Ronald McDonald House New York, a facility that offers children with cancer and their family shelter and support while they undergo active treatment.  Since its founding, more than 25,000 children have stayed at Ronald McDonald House New York.
Ronald McDonald House New York is supported in part by the Rangers through a partnership with the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit charity that works closely with the Rangers and all areas of Madison Square Garden to make dreams come true for kids in crisis. 
The 16th Annual Skate with the Greats – Skate with New York Rangers Greats and participate in live and silent auctions 
Join Brian Leetch, Rod Gilbert, Adam Graves and other celebrated former Rangers
Thursday, January 28, 6:30 – 8:00 pm  – Live auction at 7:00 PM
The Rink and Restaurant at Rockefeller Center30 Rockefeller Plaza (between 49th & 50th Streets)
About the Garden of Dreams Foundation
The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a nonprofit charity that works closely with all areas of Madison Square Garden, including the Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, MSG Entertainment, MSG Media and fuse to “make dreams come true for kids in crisis.” Garden of Dreams partners with local children’s hospitals, “wish” organizations and community-based organizations to build on-going, unforgettable programs for children in the tri-state area who are suffering from devastating illness, homelessness, abuse, hunger, extreme poverty and tragedy.
About Ronald McDonald House New York
Ronald McDonald House New York provides temporary housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families in a strong, supportive and caring environment which encourages and nurtures the development of child-to-child and parent-to-parent support systems.  Ronald McDonald House in New York City is the largest facility of its type in the world. The House can accommodate 84 families, and it is filled to capacity almost every night. The House’s location in Manhattan, in close proximity to 14 major cancer treatment centers, draws children and families from across the country and the world, as well as from the metropolitan New York City area.  Since its founding, more than 25,000 families have stayed at Ronald McDonald House.  For more information, visit www.rmdh.org.


Charlotte Checkers When professional sports franchises do great things for the community it REALLY means something to me. The Rangers have their play on the ice as charity for the other teams…okay that was honest but uncalled for…It was just a joke. All kidding aside, the Rangers do magnificent work with The Ronald McDonald House and The Garden of Dreams and is there ever a minute of the day where Adam Graves is NOT running from a charity event to another? The Wolf Pack also do a tremendous amount of charity work through their Hartford Wolf Pack Community Foundation. The Ryan Gordon-Hartford Wolf Pack Community Scholars Fund does great work and we’re always honored to help wherever we can with it. The Charlotte Checkers are no different. They have a boat load of different charitable organizations that they work with. Right now the focus of the Checkers is on Habitat for Humanity and they have undertaken another successful venture that the team’s fans an those at large should be aware of. The official release is below.

We congratulate all three of these franchises for recognizing the importance and truth of a simple adage so well expressed by the character Uncle Ben in the film, Spiderman, “With great power comes great responsibility.” All three seem to know it and act on it.



Residence To Be Constructed And Donated To Deserving Local Family

The Charlotte Checkers have once again partnered with Sutter Home Family Vineyards and Charlotte Habitat for Humanity ReStores to raise money and construct a home for a local Charlotte family.

In 2008, the Checkers became the first ever ECHL team to complete a home building for Habitat for Humanity and a year later helped construct a second dwelling. This year, with help from front office and hockey operations staff as well as sponsors, the team will attempt the feat a third time.

The Checkers and Sutter Home Family Vineyards will begin construction in mid-April with a 12-week plan to complete the home. Both the team and Sutter Home plan to raise the necessary funds needed for the project through various programs.

Sutter Home will advertise the event on the necks of their wine bottles which can be found throughout Charlotte area retail stores. Fans are encouraged to purchase a bottle of wine at their local retail store and mail in their capsule.  For every capsule received, $1 will be donated to the overall goal. The mailing address for the donations will be located on the wine neckers.

“We are thrilled to partner for a third year with the Checkers and Habitat for Humanity,” said Wendy Nyberg, senior director of marketing for Sutter Home. “Year after year, we are incredibly touched by the impact that this program has on the Charlotte community and we hope this partnership continues far into the future. Supporting a family on such a personal level is heartwarming and very meaningful for all of us at Sutter Home.”

Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte is an independent nonprofit organization who works closely with neighborhoods, their associations, and local leaders to create sustainable development projects that focus on the best interest of the entire community. Since 1983, Habitat Charlotte has partnered with over 900 families and built in over 35 neighborhoods throughout the city.

“We are so pleased to work with the Charlotte Checkers and Sutter Homes Family Vineyards for our third consecutive year, and are thankful for their partnership and support of our mission,” said Bert Green, executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte. “They have made a significant impact in our community each year, and we are excited for them to partner with our Charlotte ReStores on this build.”

About Sutter Home Family Vineyards: Sutter Home Winery is wholly owned and operated by the Trinchero family, Napa Valley vintners since 1947. The company produces more than 22 brands of wine including Trinchero Napa Valley, Main Street, Napa Cellars, Terra d’Oro, Montevina, Trinity Oaks, Folie à Deux, Ménage à Trois, and the number one alcohol-removed wine, Fre. The company also imports Angove Family Winemakers and Little Boomey wines of Australia, and markets and sells the Three Thieves and Joel Gott brands. For more information, visit www.sutterhome.com.

About Habitat for Humanity ReStore: In 1996, the Habitat ReStore first opened as a fundraising division of Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte. Today, merchandise continues to be donated by individuals and corporations, then sold to the public, with profits used to build Habitat homes. While their primary mission is to increase the number of Habitat homes built each year, the ReStore staff also strives to prevent usable items from being put in landfills. For more information visit www.charlotterestore.org or call 704-392-4495.

This Community release is brought to you by Goodrich Corporation, who is a proud sponsor of all Checkers’ community initiatives. About the company: Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a global supplier of systems and services to the aerospace, defense and homeland security markets. With one of the most strategically diversified portfolios of products in the industry, Goodrich serves a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and service facilities. With 2007 revenues of $6.4 billion, Goodrich is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., and employs more than 24,000 people worldwide in approximately 90 facilities across 16 countries