Left to right: Dr. Lawrence Goldstein with Morgan Berardi, Keith Berardi and Kara Berardi of Peekskill Brewery. Photo: Howard Copeland
It almost sounds like a tall tale: A Westchester Health physician who’s also a world-ranked standup paddleboarder contacted a local brewery about an after-party for a rescheduled paddleboard race and ended up spearheading the delivery of almost 300 meals to essential workers of Phelps Hospital.
But it’s true!
According to a recent article for RiverJournalOnline.com by Laura Joseph Mogil, a paddleboard race in Puerto Rico was scheduled to be held this May but was cancelled due to earthquakes. When Dr. Lawrence Goldstein, an attending family medicine practitioner at Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow and also a world-ranked standup paddler, heard about the cancellation, a lightbulb went off.
“I got this crazy idea,” Dr. Goldstein told Mogil, “that we should move the race to a local place on the Peekskill waterfront.” He rescheduled the event for October 3, 2020 and decided that Peekskill Brewery, which overlooks the Hudson River at Peekskill’s Riverfront Green, would be an ideal place to host the after-party.
“Brewery owner Keith Berardi and his staff couldn’t have been more generous, offering to help us in any way possible,” Dr. Goldstein said.
It’s here that the story takes a wonderful turn. During Dr. Goldstein’s many conversations with Berardi, the article says, he mentioned that he had been deployed to Phelps Hospital for six weeks to assist with the COVID-19 crisis.
“When we learned where Dr. Goldstein was working, we told him we were helping out with other local charities and asked if we could do anything for Phelps,” explained Berardi.
When Dr. Goldstein mentioned the Phelps Hospital Meal Train program as a possible option, Peekskill Brewery took it from there, delivering more than 200 meals to nurses’ stations at Phelps during the last week of April, and 70 meals in mid-May that were split between the Emergency Room and the Intensive Care Unit.
Since Peekskill Brewery is covering the cost of the meals to Phelps essential workers, the brew pub is inviting anyone who’s interested to contribute to the cause through its website.
“The Peekskill Brewery has been phenomenal and helped us out tremendously,” stated Dr. Goldstein. “The meal delivery really cheered up the spirits of the frontline workers at the hospital.”
Berardi added that the pandemic has “been a challenge, but we feel during challenging times, you do what you can and continue to help everyone around you.”
Donations to Peekskill Brewery’s Essential Worker Hot Lunch Program can be made here.
By Westchester Health, a member of Northwell Health Physician Partners