SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk Raises More Than $1.8 Million for Kids

Sugar Ray Leonard, Brooke Burke-Charvet and Denise Austin Joined
Lead Sponsors Nickelodeon and NBC4 Southern California to Support
Children with Special Needs and Education

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The SKECHERS Foundation today announced that its 9th annual 2017 SKECHERS
Pier to Pier Friendship Walk
raised more than $1.8 million for
children with special needs and education, exceeding its $1.6 million
goal. Supported by lead presenter Nickelodeon and media sponsor NBC4
Southern California, the Walk also reached a new attendance high with
more than 13,000 walkers and participants.

Entertainment, sport and fitness celebrities at the SKECHERS Pier to
Pier Friendship Walk included actress, model and longtime SKECHERS
supporter Brooke Burke-Charvet, legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and
fitness icon Denise Austin. The event also featured numerous teen
celebrities, including appearances by This Is Us stars Logan
Shroyer, Niles Fitch, Parker Bates and Mackenzie Hancsicsak, and special
performances by recording artist Asia Monet; NBC’s Little Big Shots
Kieran Tamondong; America’s Got Talent duo Artyon and Paige;
Nickelodeon star Ciara Wilson; dance sensation Larsen Thompson; and
actress/singer Jada Facer, who performed the National Anthem.

“I’ve been part of the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk for seven
years now, because I love how SKECHERS has its heart in the right place
– caring for what’s most important, our kids,” said Brooke
Burke-Charvet. Our children deserve everything that we can give. And
this walk has made such incredible strides – not just in bringing all of
our children together, but our entire community.”

“This SKECHERS event is just fantastic,” added Hall of Fame coach Tommy
Lasorda, who has been a Walk board member since its inception. “We had
big dreams for it right from the beginning, and it’s great to see how
it’s grown into the largest of its kind in California.”

“The SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk didn’t just have another
record-breaking day; it’s grown into a year-round community-wide
movement for our kids,” said Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS.
“People have such an incredible devotion to our children, and that love
really came through at our walk.

“We already have people excited and inspired by our event, asking how
they can take part next year, and donations coming in to support our
2018 walk. And with next year being our walk’s 10-year milestone, we
know that it will be our best ever. We look forward to launching our
year-long celebration campaign and continuing this incredible momentum
we have for our special anniversary walk next October.”

The SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk has raised more than $8
million since its 2009 launch. Funds support The Friendship Foundation,
an organization that assists children with special needs and their
families through one-on-one peer mentoring, social recreational
programming, field trips and sporting events, as well as education
foundations committed to retaining vital academic programs, maintaining
smaller class sizes, improving libraries, and upgrading school
technology. The SKECHERS Foundation is also entering the fourth year of
its scholarship program, and plans to donate $100,000 to deserving
students across the country in 2018.

In addition to its headlining sponsor Nickelodeon and media sponsor NBC4
Southern California, the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk thanks
sponsors Mattel, Moose Toys, The Claudette & Ethan Rickett Care
Foundation, Wells Fargo, Ross, Steel Partners, Premier Displays &
Exhibits, United Legwear & Underwear Co., Velocity Sports Performance,
Vertra, and many others who have provided funds and support to provide a
better future for children. To learn more about the SKECHERS Pier to
Pier Friendship Walk, please visit


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.

ABOUT The Friendship Foundation

The Friendship Foundation is 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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