Pier-to-Pier promenade raises funds for public education and children with special needs – Daily Breeze
The Pier-to-Skechers Pier Friendship Walk will return to the beach for its 13th year on Sunday, October 24.
The 3.5 mile hike, from Manhattan Beach Pier to Hermosa Beach Pier and back, raises funds for children with special needs.
A virtual event last year amid coronavirus-fueled collection restrictions raised $ 1.8 million. Instead of the walk, a video compilation of celebrity performances and local testimonials inspired people to donate.
This year, the effort has so far raised $ 1.9 million of its goal of $ 2.5 million. Since its inception in 2009, the event has raised more than $ 15 million for public school education foundations, scholarships and the Friendship Foundation, a South Bay organization that supports children with special needs.
Donations support individual peer visits to the Friendship Foundation, social recreational activities from online gatherings to summer camps, sporting event outings, and music, yoga, cooking, and art and theater. The money will also help improve schools, reduce class sizes, protect teacher jobs in public schools, and update laboratories, libraries and facilities.
The Friendship Walk will also feature live performances and appearances from celebrities and athletes like Brooke Burke, Sugar Ray Leonard and Meb Keflezighi.
If you are going to
Donate or sign up and join a team or create your own at skechersfriendshipwalk.com. Check-in is at 8:00 a.m., the walk will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 24, at Manhattan Beach Pier, 2 Manhattan Beach Blvd. If the event attracts more than 10,000 people, organizers said, proof of vaccination will be required. People can also watch a live broadcast of the walk at 10 a.m. on October 24 on skechersfriendshipwalk.com.