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Stars Fill MSG for Garden of Laughs Benefit

Madison Square Garden hosted All-Stars from both sports and entertainment on Saturday night, in honor of the sold-out Garden of Laughs event presented by MSG Entertainment and the Garden of Dreams Foundation.

The event was hosted by actor Steve Schirripa and featured celebrities such as comedian Dane Cook, actor Michael J. Fox and NFL star Victor Cruz of the New York Giants. The show, which took place in the Theater at Madison Square Garden benefitted the various areas supported by Garden of Dreams, which focuses on reaching children facing challenges such as homelessness, poverty, illness and those in foster care.

“It’s amazing,” said Cruz. “Kids are at the forefront of this world – of my life – and anything that’s in remembrance or in accordance to that, I’m all for it. I think kids are what shape our future, and we have to continue to support them, help them and encourage them, and I think the Garden of Dreams represents that.”

Fox, who is seen often attending Knicks and Rangers games at Madison Square Garden and who remains active in the community while battling Parkinson’s disease, also conveyed his admiration for the Garden of Dreams.

“I think it’s a great expression of their concern for the most vulnerable New Yorkers,” Fox said of the foundation’s focus on children. “I come to the Garden a lot, they’re always very nice to me, and helpful to me, and I’m grateful for that, but the more you get to know what they do and the more you know how they work in the community, the more impressed you are.”

Gabe Katz
A journalism enthusiast – sports media in particular – Gabe has interviewed Super Bowl champions Raheem Brock and Chris Canty, and rising star Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey. He’s covered organizations and events affiliated with the NY Rangers, NY Knicks, and NBA Cares. He has also written articles featuring NY Yankees’ Robinson Cano and CC Sabathia, Tina Charles (WNBA), Deron William’s Point of Hope Foundation (NBA), and the foundations of Torrey Smith and Ryan Kerrigan (NFL). After graduating from Temple University where he received a degree in communications, he had two subsequent positions in news, first as an online editor and contributor for a Philadelphia sports web site start-up and later as a multimedia content provider at a newspaper in the Philadelphia suburbs. He now lives in New York as a freelance journalist and remains an avid sports fan.