As part of ongoing philanthropic efforts, representatives from SPBMC took part in the first-ever New York Knicks 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb this past weekend, clocking in as the top corporate fundraiser. The event raised over $40,000 to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Uniformed Firefighters Association Widows and Children’s Fund, and the FDNY Counseling Unit. Eleven members of SPBMC were among the 343 participants and former Knicks climbing in honor of those firefighters lost on 9/11 and in the years since, scaling the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center.
As the General Counsel for the Uniformed Firefighters Association and on the heels of the tragedies that have struck the FDNY in recent weeks, the event took on special significance for the SPBMC team. “It was an honor to climb at Madison Square Garden last weekend, honoring the lives lost in the line of duty almost 17 years ago and those who have subsequently become ill due to their service that day. Each of us had the privilege of climbing in honor of a hero whose name we read aloud at the conclusion of the climb. It was a poignant moment of remembrance and acknowledgment of the great sacrifices our first responders make every day to keep us safe,” said Managing Partner Thomas McManus, who participated in the Climb.