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Delta brings the North Pole to JFK

Gilbert among Garden legends who took part in 'Holiday at the Hangar'

Tuesday, 12.11.2012 / 9:14 PM / Community
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PHOTO GALLERY: 'Holiday in the Hangar

On December 11, Delta Airlines, the official airline of The Madison Square Garden Company and proud supporter of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, hosted the third annual “Holiday in the Hangar” event at John F. Kennedy Airport. As a part of the event, over 100 children from the Garden of Dreams Foundation, including children from Harlem Dowling and Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center, arrived at JFK for their destination the North Pole.

Upon arrival, the children received their special boarding passes and were escorted by elves to the plane. On board they were joined by the Rockettes who accompanied them on their journey.

Rod Gilbert and Knicks alumnus John Starks have fun playing street hockey with the children at the Holiday in the Hangar.
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The plane departed the gate bound for the magical winter wonderland on a private Delta aircraft. Upon arrival at the North Pole, the children were greeted by Delta elves, the Coca-Cola polar bear, Rangers alumnus Rod Gilbert, Knicks alumnus John Starks, Knicks City Dancers, Liberty alumnus Kym Hampton, and of course, the Rockettes and Santa. The children raced through the winter wonderland to explore the street hockey activities at the Rangers Road Tour and inflatable hockey rink, Knicks Groove Truck, Wii gaming stations, Santa’s sleigh and much more!

The “Holiday in the Hangar” experience was truly a once-in-a-lifetime memory for every child at the North Pole.

Harlem Dowling is one of Garden of Dreams’ 22 partner organizations. As a not-for-profit child welfare agency, the mission of the Harlem Dowling-West Side Center for Children and Family Services is to serve and assist children and their families in crises and distress. Among the services that Harlem Dowling provides are: foster care, adoption, preventative services, and related assistance to children and their families to enable them to live in a stable and nurturing environment.

Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York is one of Garden of Dreams’ 22 partner organizations. The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York is dedicated to providing the highest level of care that addresses the special needs of children -- from premature babies to adolescents. From specialists who cover the entire range of pediatric health concerns to the hospital’s warm and bright environment, the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York has become a destination hospital for children across the United States and around the world. Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York is the only hospital on Long Island that is solely dedicated to the care of children and has been named one of America's Best Children's Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

For more information on the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a nonprofit charity that works closely 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," please log onto gardenofdreamsfoundation.org.

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