SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk Raises Record-Breaking $1.6 Million for Kids

Brooke Burke-Charvet, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Lasorda, Denise
Austin and Camila Alves 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 8th annual 2016 SKECHERS
Pier to Pier Friendship Walk
exceeded $1.6 million for children with
special needs and education. Supported by lead presenter Nickelodeon and
new media sponsor NBC4 Southern California, the Walk reached a new
attendance high with 12,000 people taking part in the event.

Celebrities at the SKECHERS
Pier to Pier Friendship Walk
included actress, model and longtime
SKECHERS supporter Brooke Burke-Charvet; legendary boxer Sugar Ray
Leonard; model and entrepreneur Camila Alves; actor Ian Ziering;
mother/daughter fitness icons Denise and Katie Austin; and Hall of Fame
baseball manager Tommy Lasorda, a Walk Board of Director who has
appeared every year.

“I’ve been part of this Walk for two years now, and there’s nothing like
it. It galvanizes us to come together and make a difference in
children’s lives,” said Sugar Ray Leonard, who spoke about the event.
“It really highlights the great optimism in all of us, and the power we
have when we organize for good. I hope this Walk inspires others to do
the same.”

Numerous teen television and movie stars were on hand to support the
Walk and meet fans. Attendees also enjoyed performances from Asia Monet
Ray who sang the National Anthem, Jordyn Jones, New District and Aidan

“The SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk has taken a life of its own
in so many incredible ways,” said Michael Greenberg, president of
SKECHERS. “More celebrities and walkers are attending than ever before;
the media attention’s bigger than ever thanks to NBC4 Southern
California and other outlets; and our Walk’s reach on social media has
surpassed four million viewers.”

Added Greenberg: “I think our Walk has really resonated with people
because in our hearts, we love putting our kids first. We’re witnessing
a growing culture of inclusiveness for our children with special needs,
which has brought joy to so many. And we want to play a direct role in
the success of our schools and follow through on our educational
promises to our kids. I’ve absolutely loved taking part in this Walk for
the past eight years, and am already looking forward to next year.”

The nation’s largest event supporting children with special needs and
education, the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk has raised more
than $7 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 third year of
its scholarship program, and plans to donate $100,000 to deserving
students across the country in 2017.

In addition to its headlining sponsor Nickelodeon and media sponsor NBC4
Southern California, the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk thanks
sponsors Wells Fargo, Steel Sports, The Claudette and Ethan Rickett Care
Foundation, Ross,, Vertra, WSS, United Legwear & Underwear
Co., Mattel, Body Glove, Premier Displays & Exhibits, Kids Foot Locker,
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


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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