NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Hockey legends and New York Rangers' Hall of Famers, Rod Gilbert and Brian Leetch, hosted the 24th annual "Skate with the Greats" at The Rink at Rockefeller Center on Friday, February 16. The New York City staple event supports the Ronald McDonald House® New York, which provides a temporary home and support services for families and children who are battling pediatric cancer. The event, which featured skating alongside legends, food and a live, silent auction with signed sports memorabilia, raised more than $800,000 and provided a fun a respite to families staying at the House.
"We're honored that so many people came to this unique and fun event to support our children and families," said Dr. Ruth Browne, President and CEO of Ronald McDonald House® New York. "It's so important we continue to raise awareness and funds to ensure these families have a welcoming, caring and clinically advanced environment to stay while they are receiving treatment. These events make a huge impact each year, especially as we recently completed a House expansion that increased capacity to 95 rooms, allowing us to enhance services to more families battling cancer. We want to thank the New York Rangers, MSG and RBC for their tremendous partnership on this event."
"Skate with the Greats" was founded in 2006 by Rod Gilbert and Brian Leetch in an effort to bring more awareness to pediatric cancer and illnesses. The participation of the New York Rangers is possible through a partnership with the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit organization that works with The Madison Square Garden Company and MSG Networks Inc. to positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles. Since the event's inception it has become a winter milestone providing an opportunity for House residents to enjoy a small part of what New York City has to offer. For the ninth year, premier global investment bank RBC Capital Markets served as lead event sponsor.
"RBC is honored to sponsor "Skate with the Greats" and we are grateful to have a longstanding partnership with the Ronald McDonald House® New York," said Bobby Grubert, Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets. "RBC is dedicated to helping our clients thrive and communities prosper and we are committed to help raise awareness of the wonderful support and services available at the House for children and their families." Supporting organizations include, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Zurich, American International Group, Inc., Garden of Dreams Foundation, GNYHA Ventures, Inc., Mutual of America, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC.
For more information about the Ronald McDonald House New York, please visit the website www.rmh-newyork.org.
About Ronald McDonald House New York
Ronald McDonald House® New York is keeping families close by providing temporary housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families in a strong, supportive and caring environment that encourages and nurtures the development of child-to-child and parent-to-parent support systems. The House can accommodate 95 families. Its location in Manhattan, in close proximity to 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 35,000 families have stayed at the House. The House partners with 16 leading cancer treatment hospitals in the New York City area, including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYU Langone Medical Center, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital's Weill Cornell Medical Center and Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Fiscally, the House helps families save more than $7.4MM each year in accommodation costs when they must travel long distances for their child's medical care. The House is a proud Chapter of the national and international network of Ronald McDonald House Charities. For more information, visit www.rmh-newyork.org.
About RBC Capital Markets
RBC Capital Markets is a premier global investment bank providing expertise in banking, finance and capital markets to corporations, institutional investors, asset managers and governments around the world. We serve clients from 70 offices in 15 countries across North America, the UK, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Our more than 7,400 professionals deliver the experience and insights required to raise capital, access markets, mitigate risk and acquire or dispose of assets for clients worldwide. We are consistently ranked, by third-party sources, among the 10 largest and most significant investment banks globally.
RBC Capital Markets is part of a leading, diversified provider of financial services, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Operating since 1869, RBC is one of the largest banks in the world and the fifth largest in North America, as measured by market capitalization. With a strong capital base and consistent financial performance, RBC is among a small group of highly rated global banks. For more information, visit https://www.rbccm.com/en/.
About the Garden of Dreams Foundation
The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with The Madison Square Garden Company and MSG Networks Inc. to positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles. With 30 partner organizations throughout the tri-state area, including hospitals, wish organizations and community-based organizations, the Foundation is committed to helping children who are facing challenges such as homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care, and since it began in 2006, has brightened the lives of more than 350,000 children and their families. Each year, Garden of Dreams hosts more than 500 events and programs, and provides grants that fund important projects, including the refurbishment of gymnasiums and pediatric areas, and the construction of new dance and music studios. The Foundation also meets the critical needs of college-bound high school seniors by providing four-year scholarships to help students achieve their educational goals.
About the New York Rangers Hockey Club
The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) is a world leader in live sports and entertainment experiences. The company presents or hosts a broad array of premier events in its diverse collection of iconic venues: New York's Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, CA; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston. Other MSG properties include legendary sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL) and the New York Liberty (WNBA); two development league teams – the Westchester Knicks (NBAGL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL); and one of the leading North American esports organizations, Counter Logic Gaming. In addition, the Company features the popular original production – the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes – and through Boston Calling Events, produces New England's preeminent Boston Calling Music Festival. Also under the MSG umbrella is TAO Group, a world-class hospitality group with globally-recognized entertainment dining and nightlife brands: Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, The Stanton Social, Beauty & Essex and Vandal. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.
Ronald McDonald House New York
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