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STRIDE Adaptive Sports Supports Local New Business for Fundraising BBQ



STRIDE Adaptive Sports has partnered with the Iron Works Grill, a new local business in Troy, to conduct its third annual “BBQ & Brew” fall fundraising event. The fundraiser will be held this Friday, August 21, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at STRIDE Adaptive Sports, 4482 NY Highway 150, in West Sand Lake, to raise vital funds for the organization. Pre-order dines at www.stride.org/bbq.

The event will feature a “pickup party” where the public can drive into STRIDE’s parking lot for their pre-ordered dinner delivered to their car. The menu will feature a half chicken ($15) or a half rack of ribs ($17). All meals will also include a baked potato, coleslaw, roll, cookie, and bottle of water, and free Stewarts ice cream while you wait! The Iron Works Grill will be on-site cooking the BBQ, and there will also be live music. Limited seating is available due to social distancing requirements, but curbside delivery will be available throughout the duration of the event.

According to STRIDE Founder/CEO, Mary Ellen Whitney, the event will raise critical funding for STRIDE’s “Return to Play” initiative. “STRIDE helps youth and veterans with disabilities to stay active and live a healthy lifestyle by playing adaptive sports,” explains Whitney. “We had a temporarily shut down for in-person programs due to safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. In early July, we successfully opened our summer season to a few in-person, limited activity programming amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.  Golf, dance, individual fitness sessions, and family camping in groups was permitted.” 

The BBQ & Brew event will help raise the critical funds needed to safely get people with disabilities out of the house and moving their bodies again. STRIDE is now preparing it ‘Pandemic Playbook for fall and winter programs optimistically.

Whitney says the choice of using a local small business to provide the food at the event is
a no-brainer. “STRIDE’s office headquarters and adaptive community center are located in West Sand Lake, and we believe in supporting local.   Iron Works Grill in Troy make fabulous food, and we will be delighted to have them partnering at the event providing 2nd to none BBQ dinners and a much-needed chance to support local businesses and Capital Region residents with disabilities.”

Several prominent Capital Region business leaders have helped make the event possible through financial sponsorships and other generous support, including: Girvin& Ferlazzo law firm, Lavelle & Finn law firmPioneer Bank, Stewart's Shops and State Farm Insurance.   

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