SKECHERS is teaming up with Kids Foot Locker to kick off the third annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk to raise funds for children with special needs and education on October 30, 2011. The star-studded lineup for this year’s festivities include fitness expert Denise Austin as host, and guest speakers Dancing with the Stars host Brooke Burke and legendary Hall of Fame baseball manager Tommy Lasorda.
This year, the SKECHERS Foundation is expecting more than 5,000 people in attendance and anticipating raising more than $500,000 – thanks to the efforts of sponsors, including the presenting sponsor Kids Foot Locker, friends in the community, and many other local and national businesses. “We are proud of the amount we have raised this year and the past two years,” began Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS. “But when you think about all the children in need, it just isn’t enough. Working together, we will be able to give more and more children the chance to discover their strengths and passions, build caring relationships, and ultimately succeed. We are committed to supporting children with special needs and education. I believe that it is our obligation as parents, business leaders and residents of these amazing South Bay communities to help our schools during these tough times – and to provide assistance to wonderful organizations like The Friendship Circle, which touches the hearts of so many”.
All of the celebrities share a long history with SKECHERS: both Brooke Burke and Denise Austin have supported the Company’s fitness collections as celebrity endorsees in print and on television, and Tommy Lasorda has been a loyal friend of the brand, joined the Pier to Pier Walk’s Board of Directors and attended the event every year.
“The SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk is one of the greatest projects I have ever been involved with,” stated Tommy Lasorda. “I hope we get more people involved because there is not much more rewarding than doing something for the community. We need more people.”
Traveling from the Manhattan Beach Pier to Hermosa Beach Pier and back, the 3.4-mile Pier to Pier Walk includes performances from local schools and activities for the entire family. Produced by the SKECHERS Foundation, The SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk directly benefits the education foundations of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach,Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Palos Verdes, and Torrance, as well as 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 (www.gotfriends.com).
For more information about the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, please visit www.skechersfriendshipwalk.com.
ABOUT SKECHERS Foundation
The SKECHERS Foundation was established to provide families around the world with the necessities and skills to succeed in life. In addition to organizing 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.