Skechers won the Pay it Forward award and Michael Greenberg, its president, has been inducted into The Best of Manhattan’s Hall of Fame.
Skechers has been a prominent presence on Manhattan Beach for the past 30 years. Skechers’ philanthropy led to it being nominated for and winning the Pay It Forward award. Skechers donated 16 million pairs of shoes in the past to children who were homeless, in poverty, or affected by natural catastrophes in 60 different countries.
BOBS, the charity of the brand, has donated more than 7 million to shelter cats and dogs. The company was also a finalist for the category “Best of Manhattan”.
Michael Greenberg, President of Skechers and a recipient of the Best of Manhattan’s Hall of Fame induction, was honored for his philanthropic achievements.
Greenberg has raised over 30 million dollars for causes like the Friendship Foundation, which supports children with special needs, and the Skechers Foundation’s National Scholarship Program, which provides college scholarships for students every year.
He also created the Skechers Restaurant Relief Fund, which raised 730,000 dollars for local business owners. Additionally, he arranged for the Skechers Foundation donation of a million dollars for earthquake victims in Haiti.
Jill Dunn, chairwoman of Manhattan Beach Chamber Board, stated that “he is an integral part Manhattan Beach and all Beach Cities community.”
“His generosity is unmatched. Skechers and he have done so much to support so many organizations, including the Friendship Foundation and the Roundhouse Aquarium. We also have local education foundations like the Hirschberg Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce, among others.”
Plans for the Friendship Foundation Campus in South Bay are being finalized. The center, which covers 66,000 square feet, will be open in 2023. It will serve young adults with special disabilities. It will provide college-based learning, job training, and creative education. The project is estimated to cost 40 million.
Greenberg stated, “Real success doesn’t measure an individual’s growth. It measures how much we can make a positive difference in the lives of others.” “Next year will mark the 30th anniversary of our company. I am grateful for the kindness and generosity shown by our community to the Skechers team, as well as our entire community.”