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A garden of dreams unfolds at Radio City Music Hall.

The Garden of Dreams Foundation recently held its annual talent show, "Musical Dreams," on the Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall--one of the many charitable events the Foundation conducts each year. Hosted by MSG Network's Jill Martin and Al Trautwig, this year's talent show featured 22 different performances from Garden of Dreams Foundation partner organizations.

The Foundation works with 25 partners throughout the tri-state area--including hospitals, wish organizations, and community-based groups--to reach children who are facing challenges such as homelessness, extreme poverty, illness, and foster care. Through its Garden of Dreams Giving Program, the Foundation also provides resources to its partner organizations to help them meet critical needs in their service to children. This includes direct support of scholarships and tangible, targeted community projects such as hospital and community center refurbishments.

Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Damaris Lewis received the 2015 Garden of Dreams Hero Award. Other models volunteering their time to make "Musical Dreams" a reality were Karina Bartkevica, Alejandra Cata, Lizzy Glynn, Ubah Hassan, Julie Henderson, Nadine Leopold, Larissa Makkonen, Jennifer Ohlsson, Justine Parchment, Jessica Perez, Meki Saldana, Kim Strother, Lauren Walshe, Katherin Werderitsch, and Selina White--as well as musicians Kevin Jonas and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels; CBS anchor Kristine Johnson; Food Network personality Anne Burrell; the New York Giants' Prince Amukamara; New York Knicks alumni John Starks; former New York Rangers Adam Graves and Rod Gilbert; Essence Carson of the New York Liberty; "New York Spring Spectacular" star Jared Grimes; actors Liam Neeson, Hank Azaria, and Steve Schirrip; and the Rockettes.

Garden of Dreams is a nonprofit charity that works closely with all areas of The Madison Square Garden Company, including the New York Knicks, Rangers, and Liberty; MSG Media; and MSG Entertainment to make dreams come true for kids facing obstacles. Go to www.GardenofDreamsFoundation.org to learn more.

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Title Annotation:What's News?
Publication:USA Today (Magazine)
Date:Jul 1, 2015
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