Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk Returns and Raises Over $2.6 Million for Children With Special Needs
The 13th annual Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk is back this year — after having a virtual event last year due to pandemic restrictions — with a massive goal of raising $2.5 million for children with special needs and public education. Since its inception, the event has raised over $17 million for public schools, scholarships and the Friendship Foundation, a non-profit that offers programs to empower individuals with developmental disabilities to build friendships, be independent and live purposeful lives as active community members.
This year’s event, presented by Kinecta Federal Credit Union, is taking place on Sunday, Oct. 24 and will include live performances, featured celebrities and prominent athletes such as Brooke Burke, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tony Romo, Meb Keflezighi and more. The event will also include an adopt-a-pet center sponsored by the Petco Love and Los Angeles Animal Services at the BOBS from Skechers store on Manhattan Beach Boulevard.
“Kids can realize their true potential when given the right tools. And through the Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, we aim to give our children with special needs programs that enrich their lives, and provide their peers with the opportunities they need to succeed,” said Michael Greenberg, founder of the Walk, in a press release. Greenberg said their latest plans include a Friendship Foundation campus that will provide “college-based learning, job training and creative opportunities” so that young people with special needs will be able to learn and join the workforce.
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