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But now it’s back to the stage, and Mr. Romano couldn’t be happier.

“A ballplayer reaches a certain age that he can no longer hit the ball out of the park. Then he retires. But with stand-up he can keep doing it. Yes, you have to learn to adjust and you have to be more current and hopefully you hold up for some time.”

Madison Square Garden President and CEO Hank Ratner says the Garden of Dreams Foundation has conducted events and programs for more than 215,000 children and their families, including those facing homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care.