Knicks & Garden of Dreams Hold Day of Giving Thanks

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NEW YORK, November 16, 2009 – New York Knickerbocker forward Jared Jeffries, the Garden of Dreams Foundation and The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN) will host a special Thanksgiving Day event with families from The Children’s Aid Society, Thursday, November 19. The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a nonprofit charity that works closely with all areas of Madison Square Garden, including the Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, MSG Entertainment, MSG Media and Fuse to "make dreams come true for kids in crisis". Garden of Dreams partners with local children's hospitals, "wish" organizations and community-based organizations to build on-going, unforgettable programs for children in the tri-state area who are suffering from devastating illness, homelessness, abuse, hunger, extreme poverty and tragedy. The Knicks and Garden of Dreams “Day of Giving” with have two sessions of activities, one in the morning and another in the afternoon.

In the morning Jared will tip-off the event with a visit to Children’s Aid’s Dunlevy Milbank Center’s daycare program. Jared will donate baby items to young families serviced by the program and work with the Center to stock its pantries with food to help these families through the holidays. In the afternoon, Jared will return to the Center with some of his teammates, the Knicks City Dancers and Irwin Simon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hain Celestial, to donate 300 Thanksgiving Day meals to families serviced by Children’s Aid.

Hain Celestial and its affiliate, Hain Pure Protein Corporation, have partnered to donate 300 all-natural Plainville Farms® turkeys that are free of antibiotics and hormones and raised humanely on family farms. Hain Celestial is also donating Earth’s Best® organic baby food, Celestial Seasonings® tea and other products from its portfolio of natural and organic brands that provide A Healthy Way of Life™ reflecting the Company’s continued commitment to feeding the hungry with healthful products that do not contain artificial or processed ingredients.

During the afternoon session families will also participate in a short program on health and wellness with Jared and members of Hain Celestial. During the day guests are encourage to visit Keri Glassman, M.S., R.D., C.D.N, and other nutritional advisors to the company to learn how individuals and families you and your family can ensure that the food and beverage products they choose are, in fact, healthy choices.

The families will end the “Day of Giving” with a surprise performance from the Knicks City Dancers as well as participate in interactive games on the Knicks Groove Truck.

Knicks Forward Jared Jeffries
Knicks City Dancers
Irwin Simon, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hain Celestial Group. Inc.
Families serviced by The Children’s Aid Society

Session 1: Jared Jeffries visits Dunlevy Milbank Center’s daycare program, to give away baby products and food he’s donated with Hain Celestial Group
Session 2: Jared Jeffries, teammates and Irwin Simon gift 300 families with Thanksgiving dinners – Knicks City Dancers perform

Thursday, November 19, 2009
Session 1: 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Session 2: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The Children’s Aid Society’s Dunlevy Milbank Center
14-32 West 118th StreetNew York, NY

The NBA’s New York Knickerbockers basketball team, in its 64th year of operation, is part of Madison Square Garden, L.P. Madison Square Garden, L.P. is owned by Cablevision Systems Corporation and includes the New York Knicks (NBA); the New York Rangers (NHL); the New York Liberty (WNBA); the Hartford Wolf Pack (American Hockey League); MSG Entertainment, which includes concerts and events at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, the legendary Chicago Theatre, as well as an exclusive co-booking agreement with the venerable Wang Theatre in Boston, and which manages wholly-owned live entertainment properties including the Radio City Rockettes and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular; MSG Media, which is comprised of television networks MSG and MSG Plus, MSG Interactive, which oversees all company wireless and online initiatives, and Fuse, the only national music television network; and the Madison Square Garden arena complex, located in the heart of the New York metropolitan area.

The Hain Celestial Group (NASDAQ: HAIN), headquartered in Melville, NY, is a leading natural and organic products company in North America and Europe. Hain Celestial participates in most natural categories with well-known brands that include Celestial Seasonings®, Earth’s Best®, Terra®, Garden of Eatin’®, Health Valley®, Arrowhead Mills®, MaraNatha®, SunSpire®, DeBoles®, Gluten Free Café™, Hain Pure Foods®, Hollywood®, Spectrum Naturals®, Spectrum Essentials®, Walnut Acres Organic®, Imagine®, Rice Dream®, Soy Dream®, Rosetto®, Ethnic Gourmet®, WestSoy®, Yves Veggie Cuisine®, Granose®, Realeat®, Linda McCartney®, Daily Bread™, Lima®, Grains Noirs®, Natumi®, JASON®, Zia® Natural Skincare, Avalon Organics®, Alba Botanica®, Queen Helene®, Tushies®, TenderCare®.and Martha Stewart Clean. Hain Celestial has been providing “A Healthy Way of Life™” since 1993. For more information, visit

The Children’s Aid Society (, founded in 1853, is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children and their families with a network of services that includes community schools, neighborhood centers, camps, adoption and foster care services, arts programming, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation. The Children's Aid Society is a founding member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the vast majority of Children’s Aid sites are Boys & Girls Clubs. For more information, please call 212-949-4938 or e-mail