SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk Breaks Records in Its Third Year | Business Wire

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The SKECHERS Foundation today announced that more than $520,000 was

raised for children with special needs and education through yesterday’s

SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk. The 20ll donations were

significantly higher than last year’s Pier to Pier Walk’s total of

$380,000 thanks to the record number of walkers, more than 7,000 people,

and the many donations by local and national businesses, including

presenting sponsor Kids Foot Locker.

“Three years ago we'd 2,200 people come out. Last year we'd

3,800 walkers. I got an email at 1 a.m. this morning from a team leader

saying that we were at 7,200 walkers. This is our biggest turnout yet,”

Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS, told the crowd at the SKECHERS

Pier to Pier Walk on Sunday. “But I want each one of you to tell a

friend about this so next year, we can raise more money for children

with special needs and our kids’ education.”

Greenberg later added: “I believe that it's our obligation as parents

and business leaders to provide assistance to wonderful organizations

like The Friendship Circle, which touches the hearts of so many. To

help schools during these tough times.”

Sunday’s event, which was a 3.4 mile walk from Manhattan Beach to

Hermosa Beach and back, was hosted by fitness expert and SKECHERS

ambassador Denise Austin, who rallied the crowd before the walk. Dancing

with the Stars host and SKECHERS spokesperson Brooke Burke Charvet

and legendary Hall of Fame baseball manager Tommy Lasorda also spoke to

the crowd about the importance of education and fitness.

“I've four kids and as a mom, education is a high priority on my

list,” Brooke Burke Charvet told the crowd. When I think about what’s

happening (within the education system) and how all of you're giving

back, through your efforts and your contributions and donations. To

come out here today. Walk and gather and spend time with the family

and friends, it’s really incredible. You should all be proud of

yourselves today for making such a difference.”

“This is a great country we live in,” Tommy Lasorda said from the Pier

to Pier Walk stage. “We’re always able to help somebody in need and what

you’re doing here today is helping. You ought to be congratulated for

what you’ve done here, you should be proud, you should walk prouder this

year then you did last year. Just remember one thing, to paraphrase the

words of the great general Douglas MacArthur: ‘We shall return.’ I hope

we get more people involved next year.”

In addition to presenter Kids Foot Locker, sponsors of the 2011 SKECHERS

Pier to Pier Friendship Walk include Wells Fargo, Body Glove, Merrill

Lynch, Chevron, Ross Stores, Marriott, Premier Displays &. Exhibits,

Marshalls, United Legwear, Waste Management, Equinox, Shape Magazine,

Star Magazine, Union Bank, AT&T, Team One and Nestle, among others.

The Friendship Circle, a non-profit organization that assists children

with special needs and their families through one-on-one peer mentoring

and social recreational programming (

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world with the necessities and skills to succeed in life. In addition to

producing the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, the SKECHERS

Foundation funds tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that

provide education and job training, shoes, clothing, fitness and

nutrition guidance to communities in need.


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