Skechers wins Pay It Forward award

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Skechers has won a Pay It Forward award, and its president Michael Greenberg has been inducted into Manhattan’s Hall of Fame.

Over the past three decades, Skechers have become increasingly present in Manhattan Beach. The company’s philanthropy helped it get nominated and eventually win a Pay It Forward award. In the past, Skechers has donated 16 million pairs of shoes to poor, homeless or disaster-affected children in 60 countries.

BOBS, the brand’s charity, has donated over 7 million to support sheltered dogs and cats. The company was also a finalist in the “Best of Manhattan” category.

Skechers President Michael Greenberg, who was honored for his philanthropic efforts, was the first inductee at the Best of Manhattan Hall of Fame.

Over the years, Greenberg has raised a total of $30 million for causes such as the Friendship Fund for Children with Special Needs and the Skechers Foundation National Scholarship Program which awards college scholarships to students. annual membership.

He also started the Skechers Restaurant Covid Relief Fund, which has raised $730,000 for local businesses, and arranged for the Skechers Foundation to donate one million dollars to aid earthquake victims in Haiti.

“He is an integral part of Manhattan Beach and the entire Beach Cities community,” said Manhattan Beach Room Council president Jill Dunn of Greenberg.

“His generosity is unmatched. He and Skechers have done a lot for many organizations including the Friendship Foundation, the Roundhouse Aquarium, our local educational institutions, the Hirschberg Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce and countless others. ”

Upcoming projects include completed plans for the first Friendship Foundation Facility, located in the South Bay. Scheduled to open in 2023, the 66,000-square-foot center will focus on young people with special needs. The effort has a cost of $40 million and will provide college education, job training and innovative education.

“True success is not measured by an individual’s development, but by how well we can have a positive impact on the lives of others,” Greenberg says. “Our company will celebrate its 30th anniversary here next year and I am grateful for how generous our town has been to the Skechers team and our entire community.”