Pavilion Grand Hotel, Mingle on the Avenue Restaurant, Team Power Play Racing, helping B.E.S.T - Helping Backstretch Workers

Jul 13, 2015, 6:11 AM

Pavilion Grand Hotel puts “B.E.S.T. Steps Forward” with donation campaign

Written by John Yonos

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Pavilion Grand Hotel teamed up with Team Power Play Racing, and Mingle on the Avenue Restaurant to donate and distribute preliminary diabetes approved shoes to racetrack backstretch workers at Belmont Race Track for the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.) programs. The shoes were specifically for workers with diabetes and foot problems to protect their feet and prevent future injuries.

The three companies collaborated on a donation campaign called “BEST Steps Forward” to help aid the backstretch workers‘ with the focus this year on foot problems as a direct result of diabetes. The donation campaign provided the workers with free, high-quality, water resistant work shoes and socks. The “diabetes approved” shoes were selected by B.E.S.T.’s podiatrist to provide workers with a shoe that would best keep their feet dry while also avoiding the irritation of prior existing foot sores and pains.

“This was an exciting opportunity to make a difference in the day to day of someone’s life. We are thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful opportunity. The appreciation was so genuine and everyone we met was so grateful to the owners and trainers that made this possible through their donations” said General Manager of Pavilion Grand Hotel, Susanne Simpson. The BEST Steps Forward Campaign was the brainchild of Lew Mongelluzzo of Team Power Play Racing and he created a partnership with Pavilion Grand Hotel and Mingle on the Avenue Restaurant to bring this vision to light and benefit B.E.S.T with the donations raised to this opportunity happen for the Back Stretch Workers. The next and Inaugural donation of “diabetes approved shoes will take place in late early August at the Saratoga Springs Race Course.

B.E.S.T., a non-profit organization devoted to improving the physical health and social well-being of barn area workers on New York’s major racetracks such as Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga, treats over 150 diabetics in its Belmont Primary Care Clinic alone. Most of the diabetics suffer from severe foot pains as a result of the diabetes. The Backstretch team established the “B.E.S.T. Steps Forward” campaign in response to this need and collaborated with the three private companies to benefit all the backstretch workers. Initially, the shoes have been distributed to workers at Belmont Race Course and the remaining pairs will be distributed at the Saratoga Race Course later in the summer.