Central New York's largest power provider is getting back to its roots. National Grid held its first "Horse Races for Charity" event in its Downtown Syracuse parking lot. As our Iris St. Meran explains, it's the start of a new initiative focused on community involvement.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- With that the horses were off on the racetrack. No, they're not real horses, as you can see, but ones designed by some National Grid employees for its "Horse Races for Charity" event.
National Grid Transaction Delivery Centers Vice President Evelyn Kaye said, "We're bringing a bunch of employees together that will be helping to raise a bunch of money for some really great causes in Central New York."
After meetings, National Grid employees chose The Food Bank of Central New York and the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation to benefit. In total, $3,000 was raised for each organization which the company will match.
"We made an active plan to do outdoor courts,” Jim Boeheim said. “Now, we're going to try and make an active plan to do the Boys and Girls Clubs inside courts, which need a lot of work."
"It will allow us to help continue to purchase and distribute nutritious food out into the community to 268 emergency food programs in 11 counties, so that people in need can have nutritious food," said Food Bank of Central New York Philanthropy Director Lynn Hy.
This was the first of this kind of event the power company has had. Niagara Mohawk, which National Grid bought some years ago, did lots of community events. Kaye says the company wants to go back to its roots.
"Want to get real local, want to be out there doing great things. Here in Syracuse we plan to do more things just like this," said Kaye.
It appears they have a good head start.