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GDF, MSG teams create special place for kids

Refurbished room at Frederick Douglass Center has unique, MSG flavor

Tuesday, 03.02.2010 / 10:41 PM / Community
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On Tuesday, March 2, the New York Rangers, Knicks and Liberty, in partnership with the Garden of Dreams Foundation, celebrated the completion of its annual room refurbishment project with a dedication ceremony at the site of its fourth project; Children's Aid Society's Frederick Douglass Center in New York City.

Former Rangers star Ron Duguay chats with a youngster during the March 2 celebration of the Garden of Dreams room refurbishment at Children's Aid Society's Frederick Douglass Center.
With the help of Samix International, Inc. and its President, contractor Omar Rivera, the Rangers, Knicks, Liberty and Garden of Dreams, were able to transform a room in the site's basement into a vibrant activity space filled with a number of enhancements including new lighting, floors, walls, furniture, as well as brand new toys, books, and games.

"The work that the Garden of Dreams Foundation does makes the work that we do easier," said Tracey Haqq, Director of the Frederick Douglass Center.  "The kids have a place they can come relax and leave some of the stress from the streets outside. This room is so comfortable and very functional."

This year's room was dedicated in honor of Clark Elie. Elie, a dedicated employee of the Children's Aid Society for more than 30 years, passed away suddenly this past December.
On hand to help dedicate and celebrate the opening of the "Clark Elie Activity Center" were Rangers alumnus Ron Duguay, Liberty alumnus Kym Hampton, Knicks alumnus Cal Ramsey, and the Knicks City Dancers.

For 150 Years, the Children’s Aid Society – a partner of the Garden of Dreams Foundation – has had a single mission: to do whatever New York City’s neediest children need. Its goal is to ensure the physical and emotional well being of children and families, and to provide every child with the support and opportunities needed to become a happy, healthy and successful adult. The organization provides services for every aspect of a child’s life, from infancy through adolescence, and include education, health, counseling, adoption and foster care, career readiness, arts and recreation, and emergency assistance.

To learn more about the Garden of Dreams Foundation or to lend your support, please visit

Contributions were made to this story by the Garden of Dreams Foundation.
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