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MSG, James Dolan Family Foundation Donate $1M Each to Event Staff During Hiatus

MSG, James Dolan Family Foundation Donate $1M Each to Event Staff During Hiatus

A note sent to Madison Square Garden Company staff said a $2.3 million relief fund has been established to help pay workers at least through May 3 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Ian Begley of SNY noted Saturday the donations include $1 million apiece from MSG and the Dolan Family Foundation along with $300,000 from the MSG management team.

Madison Square Garden had previously committed to paying employees only through March 29 or April 5 with sports leagues throughout the United States delayed indefinitely because of COVID-19.

"It's very frustrating, a lot of folks are scared about how they are going to pay their bills, how they're going to pay their families," MSG food vendor Gerard Cerda told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News last week.

Along with the Garden, the home of the NBA's Knicks and NHL's Rangers, MSG owns several venues around the country, including the Hulu Theater, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre in New York, and the Chicago Theatre.

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