The Skechers Foundation announced its annual Pier to Pier Walk raised a record $1.4 million for children with special needs and childhood education.
Skechers will donate $434,000 to The Friendship Foundation—a non-profit organization that assists children with special needs and their families—and $932,000 dedicated to six education foundations. In addition, the Skechers Foundation distributed $25,000 in scholarship funds to several deserving high school students.
“Each year we set a goal for our annual Walk,” said Skechers President Michael Greenberg. “And this year we set our highest goal yet $1.2 million. When we surpassed our goal and reached a record high of $1.4 million, I was ecstatic with the success and knowing that we could have an even greater impact this year on children with special needs and public education.”
The Friendship Foundation works to unite children with special needs and teen volunteers through one-on-one peer mentoring and social recreational activities, creating emotional bonds that improve the lives of kids and their families. In addition to supporting the Friendship Foundation, the Walk provides funding for public education.
“The Skechers Friendship Walk helps support positions and programs that are essential to a high quality education,” said Carolyn Niman, executive director of the Peninsula Education Foundation. “We can hire more counselors and teachers, and now receive crucial funds for elementary PE, music and library staff, as well as our award-winning STEM program which incorporates hands-on projects in order to help kids learn engineering concepts.”
Since its inception in 2009, the Walk has united over 54,000 participants and raised over $5.5 million to support The Friendship Foundation and education foundations. In 2015 alone, more than 13,000 attended the Walk, along with numerous celebrities such as model and entrepreneur Brooke Burke-Charvet, legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and fitness enthusiast Denise Austin.