We Handed Out Free Ice Cream to the Saratoga Backstretch Workers

It was seriously hot in Saratoga this past weekend, and while the races at the Saratoga Race Course were canceled for Saturday, that didn’t mean everybody in Toga Town got a bonus day off. We shot the Squadcast business as usual, and on the show, we talked a lot about the late Marylou Whitney as she had just passed away at the age of 93 a day before we filmed.

The entire Squad was blown away by the philanthropic work Whitney did throughout her career, all while being a vibrant, energetic, kind-hearted person who welcomed and accepted everybody into her circle. We did a lot of research about her life and legacy, and felt really touched by her love for giving back to the backstretch workers at the track.

So, we figured we would do a little something in her memory and treat the folks behind-the-scenes in Saratoga to some Stewart’s ice cream on the hottest day of the year. Surely, we could’ve gone downtown and surprised some tourists or locals walking up and down Broadway, but it made a lot more sense to do what Marylou would do. #OurPresident Gary Dake hooked us up with the brand new Chocolate Peanut Butter vegan flavor, and plenty of spoons and napkins to go around.

Being in the moment filming this, I had one of those “holy shit” moments where you look around and kinda wonder how you got here. We’ve come so far as a company, yes, but sometimes the coolest part is reflecting on all the amazing things we’ve been able to do in the position we are at right now. Taking a few minutes to talk with new people from different cultures, share stories, trade ice cream for a Corona (yeah, that really happened) made me feel super appreciative and grateful for the community the 2BD Squad gets to be a part of.

Check out this exclusive clip from the Squadcast, and get out there and try this vegan “frozen dessert” –I guess it’s technically not ice cream by definition –at your local Stewart’s today.



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