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Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- There's very little that can rival the magic that happens when the NHL's legendary New York Rangers hit the ice; especially when it's in celebration of the annual
Skate with the Greats charity event to benefit
Ronald McDonald® House
New York. In its 20
th year, Skate with the Greats once again took place on
Friday, January 17th at
New York City's famed Rink at Rockefeller Center, raising more than
$1 million. The funds raised will help support the facility, which provides a home-away-from home for families staying in
New York City while their children undergo active treatment for cancer.
Originally established with the support of alumni greats and longtime volunteers
Rod Gilbert and
Brian Leetch, the event included
Adam Graves, and
Mike Richter also joined the families and supporters of Ronald McDonald House New York for the event. The Rangers participation is made possible through a partnership with the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit charity that works closely with the Rangers and all areas of Madison Square Garden to make dreams come true for children facing obstacles.
This year's lead sponsor was RBC Capital Markets, with additional sponsorship from Garden of Dreams Foundation, Brookfield Office Properties, Bloomberg,
Zurich, PwC, Coatue Capital, Mutual of America,
Sanford C. Bernstein & Co, LLC and
"Giving back to the community is ingrained in RBC Capital Markets' corporate culture," said
Deborah Freer, U.S. COO of RBC Capital Markets. "RBC's partnership with
Ronald McDonald House has spanned seven years and our investment in the House goes beyond Skate with the Greats, taking on a much more personal element."
Attendees enjoyed ice skating with the Rangers on the iconic Rockefeller Center rink; a live and a silent auction with much sought-after sports memorabilia, concluding with an autograph session with some of their favorite Rangers players.