Later in 2024

The 2024 Winston Gaskin Community Walk for Health & Wellness, scheduled Saturday, September 28, 2024, returns to Kirk Park and the Onondaga Creekwalk. Registrations for this event will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. the day of the walk and in advance online. Click here for event flyer.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the 100 Black Men of Syracuse, Inc. health and wellness initiatives. Donations are always welcomed if you are unable to participate in the walk. For more information, email 100 Black Men of Syracuse at or call (315) 443-8749.

A History Lesson: Why Our Walk Honors Winston Gaskin

Winston Gaskin was born in Kansas and served in the U.S. Army, completing his tour of duty in 1945 as a second lieutenant. He earned college degrees in chemistry and pharmacy from Virginia State College and was a practicing pharmacist for 30 years. The Gaskins moved to Syracuse in 1963. For 10 years, he operated Gaskin’s Pharmacy on South Avenue. In 1987, he was honored as a pioneer in the black community by Syracuse’s Black Leadership Congress. The congress said he became the first black druggist in the city when he opened the pharmacy in 1964.

Winston was also an insurance and investment specialist for Mass. Mutual Insurance Co. As a registered rosarian, he was an accredited judge of roses at state fairs and an active member of both the Men’s Garden Club and the Rose Society of Syracuse. Winston chaired a committee at University United Methodist Church that established the Neighborhood Linking Project, an outreach to the church‘s neighborhood. His leadership of that committee helped lead in 1992 to the formation of Housing Visions – he was co-founder – a non-profit organization that works to increase the availability of quality housing to low- and moderate-income residents throughout the city of Syracuse.

In 2006, Winston and his wife, Vera, moved to Woodbridge, VA, to be near their children. He passed away April 4, 2009 at the age of 87 in Woodbridge.