January 08, 2013 at 18:38 PM EST
MSG Entertainment Announces Top Entertainers and Sports Icons to Serve as Presenters for Garden of Laughs Benefit

Whoopi Goldberg, Adam Graves, John Leguizamo, Darryl McDaniels, John McEnroe, Steve Schirripa, Brooke Shields, Tony Sirico, John Starks, and Justin Tuck, With More Names to be Announced to Participate in Night of Comedy Presented by Chase to Benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation

Comedic Performers Include Adam Ferrara, Darrell Hammond, Robert Klein, Brian Regan, Ray Romano and Wanda Sykes With Special Guest Host, Bob Costas on Saturday, January 26 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK, Jan. 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MSG Entertainment and the Garden of Dreams Foundation announced today that actress, host of The View and Garden of Dreams Foundation board member Whoopi Goldberg; Rangers legend Adam Graves; actor John Leguizamo; hip hop pioneer, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Garden of Dreams Foundation board member Darryl "DMC" McDaniels; tennis legend and sports announcer John McEnroe; actress Brooke Shields; cast members from the Emmy Award-winning series The Sopranos including Steve Schirripa and Tony Sirico; Knicks legend John Starks; and New York Giants Defensive End and two-time Super Bowl Champion Justin Tuck will participate in Garden of Laughs, a comedy event presented by Chase to benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation. This esteemed list of entertainers and sports icons will serve as on-stage presenters on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden with more presenters to be announced.

"We are grateful to all the participants who have generously donated their time and talent to be a part of this memorable evening to benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation. This will be an extraordinary night of comedy and through this fundraising benefit we will be able to create even more memorable opportunities and experiences for children in our Foundation," said Hank Ratner, president and chief executive officer, The Madison Square Garden Company and chairman of the board, Garden of Dreams Foundation.

Garden of Laughs, Executive Produced by Emmy Award-winner Rory Rosegarten, and with special guest host, Bob Costas, will feature stand-up performances by some of the biggest names in comedy including Adam Ferrara, Darrell Hammond, Robert Klein, Brian Regan, Ray Romano, and Wanda Sykes. The evening will benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation, which works with all areas of The Madison Square Garden Company, including MSG Entertainment, the Knicks, the Rangers, the Liberty, MSG Networks and Fuse to make dreams come true for children facing obstacles. 

Tickets to Garden of Laughs are on sale now and available through Ticketmaster Charge By Phone (1-866-858-0008) and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets are also available in person at MSG, Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre Box Offices. All net proceeds raised will help support the Garden of Dreams Foundation.

Since its inception in September 2006, Garden of Dreams has created thousands of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that have brought joy and happiness to more than 215,000 children and their families. These unique and unforgettable on-going events and programs – often involving unprecedented access to Madison Square Garden celebrities, events and venues – have brightened the lives of children battling everything from homelessness and extreme poverty, to illness, to foster care. 

The Garden of Dreams Foundation undertakes a staggering number of annual events to brighten the lives of children, with nearly 500 events taking place over the past year alone. Ongoing opportunities include attendance at numerous games and events at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall; ongoing educational and career oriented programs targeting high school students; hockey, basketball and dance skill programs in partnership with the Rangers, Knicks and Rockettes; the annual Garden of Dreams Talent Show on the Great Stage of Radio City; and Dream Week, a week-long summer camp that incorporates all of Madison Square Garden properties. In addition, the Foundation conducts ongoing wish fulfillment; toy, coats and holiday drives and celebrity, athlete and coach clinics.

The Garden of Dreams Foundation

The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that works with The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) to positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles. Through ongoing programs that use the magic of MSG – including the Knicks, the Rangers, the Liberty, MSG Entertainment, MSG Networks and Fuse – the Foundation develops strong, long-term relationships that truly change lives. Since its inception in September 2006, Garden of Dreams has created thousands of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that have brought joy and happiness to more than 215,000 children and their families, including those facing homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care. For more information, visit www.GardenofDreamsFoundation.org.

The Garden of Laughs logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=16442

About MSG Entertainment

MSG Entertainment (MSGE), the live entertainment arm of The Madison Square Garden Company (Nasdaq:MSG), is a worldwide entertainment company recognized for its signature combination of event production and entertainment marketing. In addition to the nearly 900 entertainment concerts and events that take place each year at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, The Chicago Theatre, and the Forum arena in Inglewood, California, MSGE has an exclusive co-booking agreement with Boston's Citi Performing Arts Center/ Wang Theatre. MSG Entertainment's live events include the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which has played to more than 70 million people in 88 different cities across North America.  More than five million people attend MSG Entertainment branded events annually including concerts, special events, and family attractions.

About Chase

Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.3 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. Chase serves more than 50 million consumers and small businesses through more than 5,500 bank branches, 17,500 ATMs, credit cards, mortgage offices, and online and mobile banking as well as through relationships with auto dealerships. More information about Chase is available at www.chase.com.

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