MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – A local event-planning business has received a donation from the Barstool Fund, which was started by Barstool Sports to support small businesses around the country. To date, the fund has raised more than $20 million and supported nearly 100 small businesses.
Events to Remember is run by a Cortlandt resident, Chereese Jervis-Hill, and is based in Mount Kisco. The company helps put on many events in Yorktown, including the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce's Festival and Street Fair.
Dave Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports, delivered the news to Jervis-Hill on Friday.
“Tough to run be in the event business when you can’t have gatherings and whatnot,” Portnoy said. “So, we want to help and make sure you’re there once this pandemic’s over, and you’re going to go back to what you’re doing and what you’ve been doing well.”
Jervis-Hill said she applied by sending an email to the Barstool Fund. She was then asked to create a video. Portnoy makes the final call on which businesses receive donations.
“When he called, it was crazy,” Jervis-Hill told Yorktown News. “I can’t even explain it. It was happiness, it was relief, it was really just thankfulness, and I just feel like it was a blessing from God, because it has been a rough year.”
She does not yet know the amount she will be receiving, but was told it will be enough to cover her rent and payroll costs.
“It’s really a sense of relief, because I made it a point to get through this year and not lay anyone off,” Jervis-Hill said. “To be honest, I really was concerned about my staff and the first quarter of this year.”