By Jackie Daly

It is amazing to see prominent names in NY sports that lend their time and effort to show us their charitable dedication to this city, this country, and the world. Take Henrik Lundqvist as a beautiful example. New York Rangers goaltender, making a life for himself here in NYC with his wife Therese and daughter Charlise, has been in the city for nine years (his rookie season being 2005-2006, when starting goaltender Kevin Weekes was injured). Growing up in Sweden, it is needless to say the New York pace and way of life is dramatically different.

Ludqvist has been involved with the Garden of Dreams Foundation for a long while. This is a not-for profit charity that works closely with all areas of the Madison Square Garden Company to make dreams come true for kids facing obstacles. He has now branched out with his wife to form the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation (HLF). Please keep in mind that this does not mean he won’t be working alongside Garden of Dreams anymore; Lundqvist fully plans to continue his involvement.

With the structure set, and ideas in place, the HLF launched their inaugural charity event at Refinery Rooftop in NYC on Monday night, September 15, with help from sponsors Bread & Boxers United Legwear and Underwear Co., 400 Capital, GM Advisory Group, Smith Brothers, Newport Sports, Adeptus, The Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, Ermenegildo Zegna, and South Street Partners/Kiawah Island. The evening was complete with cocktail hour, light fare, a silent auction and a surprise musical performance from Lundqvist and his talented band, which includes tennis great John McEnroe, “The Noise Upstairs”.

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