SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk Raises over $1.4 Million for Kids

Sugar Ray Leonard, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Tommy Lasorda and Denise
Austin joined presenting sponsor Nickelodeon to support the
record-breaking event

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The SKECHERS Foundation today announced that it has reached a new
donation record for the 2015 SKECHERS
Pier to Pier Friendship Walk
– surpassing this year’s $1.2 million
goal to raise more than $1.4 million for children with special needs and
education. Co-sponsored by Nickelodeon and elevated by the support of
generous sponsor events like Steel Partners’ #P2PSteelSports Selfie
Challenge donation pledge, the Walk drew more than 12,000 participants,
and continues to reach new attendance and donation highs annually since
its 2009 launch.

“The wave of support that climbs year after year in honor of our kids is
incredible,” said Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS. “When we
started the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk seven years ago, 1,800
of us hit the beach to raise $220,000 – and since then, our walkers have
grown six-fold – with more than $5.5 million donated over the years, all
dedicated to enrich and inspire our children.”

Many celebrities turned out to support the SKECHERS Pier to Pier
Friendship Walk, including boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard in his first
appearance at the event, as well as TV personality Brooke Burke-Charvet,
fitness expert Denise Austin, and Hall of Fame baseball manager Tommy
Lasorda, who have all made multiple appearances throughout its history.

Sharing his thoughts on the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, Sugar
Ray Leonard said, “When you say kids to me, I’m there. This is my first,
but believe me – this will not be my last.” Added Brooke Burke-Charvet:
“The SKECHERS family has had a vision, and it keeps growing. It is so
amazing to see everyone come out. Together, we make a difference and we
increase the power of community.”

“I have a deep appreciation for our volunteers, our celebs, our
community, and our incredible sponsors like Nickelodeon, Steel Sports
and so many amazing corporations with a conscience who come together
year after year to make the world a better place for our children,”
added Greenberg. “This event means that kids with special needs and
students from kindergarten to high school are getting the care, support
and nurturing they need to grow into inspired, enlightened, confident
adults – and over seven years, we’re already seeing its long-term
effects: from the lessons our kids have learned in classes that would
have been shelved, to friendships that will last a lifetime. This Walk
and everything that it gives is a wonderful legacy – one we will share
for years to come.”

Now one of the largest events in Southern California supporting children
with special needs and education, the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship
Walk supports The
Friendship Circle
, an organization that assists children with
special needs and their families through one-on-one peer mentoring and
social recreational programming – as well as funding education
foundations to retain vital academic programs, maintain smaller class
sizes, improve libraries, and upgrade school technology.

The SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk thanks presenting sponsor
Nickelodeon and many generous sponsors including Wells Fargo, Steel
Sports, South Bay Vein and Laser Group, The Claudette and Ethan Rickett
Care Foundation, Ross,, Tour de Pier, DIRECTV, United Legwear
& Underwear Co., Body Glove, Kids Foot Locker, United Legwear, JAKKS
Pacific, Marshalls, Cushman & Wakefield, Caskey & Caskey, Siltanen &
Partners Advertising, Continental Development, Northrop Grumman,
Equinox, Chevron, 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

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 Circle
Friendship Circle 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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