October 25, 2018
Rick Violette Memorial Through BEST
We are are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our Board Member and friend, Rick Violette.
“Rick was clearly a champion as a horse trainer but perhaps his most enduring legacy will be his service as a passionate and indefatigable champion for the improvement of the living and working conditions for backstretch workers. The Backstretch Employee Service Team of NY (BEST) would not exist or would be a shadow of what it has become without his long term and stellar work as Co-Chair of the BEST Board of Directors. We are proud to be a part of his legacy. We join countless others in mourning his passing.” – Paul Ruchames, Executive Director, BEST
A service will be held for Violette on Thursday at a 11 a.m. at St. Vincent Ferrer Church, 840 George Bush Blvd, in Delray Beach, Fla. Plans will be made for a memorial service in New York at a later date.
The family has requested in lieu of flowers donations be made to BEST and to Take2.