Building upon last year’s record-breaking $1.1 million that was raised to support children with special needs and education, celebrities including boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard will join television host and actress Brooke Burke-Charvet and Hall of Fame baseball manager Tommy Lasorda for the Walk’s opening ceremony celebration.
“When we organized the first Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk in 2009, I never imagined how large this event could grow and how life-changing it would become for thousands of families,” said Sketchers president Michael Greenberg. “With the help of our generous sponsors, including presenting sponsor Nickelodeon, it has become the largest walk in Southern California that supports children with special needs and education. It truly warms my heart to see the community join together every year to make a difference and build a better future for our children.”
Since its inception in 2009, the walk has raised over $4 million to support education foundations which utilize the funds to upgrade school technology and science labs, improve libraries and music programs, reduce class sizes and help save teachers’ jobs. With more than 11,000 participants attending the 2014 Walk, Skechers is anticipating an even larger turnout at the 2015 event. The 3.4-mile route will begin at the Manhattan Beach Pier, traveling to the Hermosa Beach Pier and back.