Gives Back

SKECHERS PIER TO PIER FRIENDSHIP WALK RAISES OVER $1.1 MILLION

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This Sunday’s SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk broke a new donation record: raising more than $1.1 million for kids with special needs and education! Rallied by celebs like Ellen K, Brooke Burke-Charvet and Tommy Lasorda, the event drew a crowd of 11,000 to the Manhattan Beach Pier to walk for our kids.

Over the years, the Walk’s impact has been huge: in the six years since it started in 2009, it’s raised more than $4 million – becoming So Cal’s biggest charity event for these children.

And it’s not just So Cal: the Nickelodeon-sponsored event is having a national and viral impact, with the SKECHERS Foundation’s plans to donate $250,000 in scholarships to students across the country – plus the walk’s first-ever #P2PSteelSports Selfie Challenge with donor Steel Sports, which raised an extra $25,000 for the cause.

Other celebs who attended the walk include Kelly Brook, X-Factor‘s Sweet Suspense, Sean Ryan Fox, Ella Anderson, Riele Downs, Brittany Underwood, Hayden Byerly, Ashely Argota, Gavin Macintosh, Merit Leighton, August Maturo, Rowan Blanchard, Terrell Ransom Jr., Marlowe Peyton, Jessi Malay, Scheana Shay, Megan Goodman and Ali Levine.

Funds go to The Friendship Circle organization for children with special needs, and to education foundations in support of schools. Learn more at skechersfriendshipwalk.com or on Facebook.

THE SKECHERS PIER TO PIER FRIENDSHIP WALK IS BACK!

Pier to Pier

SKECHERS returns to the Manhattan Beach Pier on Sunday, October 26 to walk for children with special needs and education! Celebrity host Ellen K of On Air with Ryan Seacrest will join TV personality Brooke Burke-Charvet and Hall of Fame baseball manager Tommy Lasorda at the event – along with X-Factor’s Season 3 trio, Sweet Suspense. We’re aiming to top last year’s $1 million donation milestone by teaming up with Steel Sports for the new #P2PSteelSports Selfie Challenge: Steel Sports will donate $5 for every walk selfie posted! Since its start, the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk has raised nearly $4 million for schools and The Friendship Circle, which supports children with special needs. Register and learn more at skechersfriendshipwalk.com or on Facebook and Twitter.

Brooke Burke-Charvet pier to pier

SKECHERS IN THE COMMUNITY

Over the years , we’ve done all that we can to ensure that Skechers is an active member of the Manhattan Beach, CA community that we’ve called home since the company was established in 1992. Skechers has raised over $750,000 so far towards this year’s million-dollar goal for the upcoming annual Skechers Pier-to-Pier Friendship Walk benefiting local children with special needs and education. And with sponsorships of big events like Halloween Pumpkin Races and the hugely popular Holiday Fireworks, everyone at Skechers is proud to give back and support our hometown. We were humbled and honored when the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce named Skechers as winner of the 2014 Best of Manhattan award. Skechers was selected from a list of nominees that included the Manhattan Beach Marriott, Manhattan Beach Toyota, MBS Media Campus, and the Simms Restaurant Group—all fantastic businesses that work tirelessly for the community. Skechers president Michael Greenberg expressed gratitude for the recognition when he delivered remarks at an awards ceremony held on October 2, 2014.

Shade Hotel owner Michael Zislis presents the 2014 Best of Manhattan award to Skechers president Michael Greenberg.

Shade Hotel owner Michael Zislis presents the 2014 Best of Manhattan award to Skechers president Michael Greenberg.

Skechers also supports causes within the footwear industry community.  The Two Ten Footwear Foundation in association with Women In the Footwear Industry LA recently hosted an event called “Leading Ladies” that featured Kathy Kartalis, SVP-Global Product for Skechers, on a panel discussion about management style. Over 30 women from Skechers HQ attended the forum to support Kathy and network with peers within the industry.

Skechers group at the Women In the Footwear Industry event

Skechers Team at the Women In the Footwear Industry event

BUILDING AWARENESS FOR BREAST CANCER

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Skechers is joining the American Cancer Society in the fight to end breast cancer. The extensive work of the Society for people with breast cancer today is helping to find an end for the disease tomorrow. Support from Skechers will help the American Cancer Society continue to invest in ground breaking research, provide comprehensive support to people diagnosed with breast cancer, and advocate for laws that ensure access for women who need them so more lives are saved. Skechers is also a sponsor of the Making Strides Walk event in San Francisco on October 25.

There will be several ways to show your support for the cause with Skechers throughout October. A program in Skechers retail stores this month will allow you to round up purchases to the nearest dollar with the change going straight to the American Cancer Society. And at the forefront of our efforts is the limited edition Breast Cancer Awareness footwear and apparel collection from the Skechers Performance Division. Designed with signature pink colors, the collection includes workout athletic wear and four popular and comfortable walking and running styles:  the slip-on Skechers GOwalk 2, the lace-up Skechers GOwalk 2 Flash, Skechers GOrun Sprint, and the award-winning Skechers GOrun 3. These styles will only be available for a short time so pick up a pair and wear them in honor of someone you know fighting this disease.

Register for the Walk and learn more about the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign at MakingStridesWalk.org
or by calling 1-800-227-2345.

BOBS HITS NINE MILLION MILESTONE

When the BOBS from SKECHERS program began in 2011, we wanted to do what we could to help children that needed footwear.  We never expected it to become the hugely successful movement that it is today. Three short years later and we’ve crossed the NINE MILLION PAIR milestone! It’s truly incredible and we’re humbled by the impact that this program has had on children around the world. While we’re proud of the achievement, our mission continues with ongoing donation events. In fact, two events this past week in Nebraska City, Nebraska, and Evansville, Indiana, resulted in over 1,200 more kids receiving a new pair of shoes. Check out the pictures from the events as we march onward to 10 million pairs donated and beyond!

SUMMER OF BOBS

By the end of summer, SKECHERS will have thrown 20 events with 13 different key accounts, providing more than 97,000 pairs to children in need across the United States so far in 2014. Recent or soon to happen events include Indianapolis seen in the video above with 1,000 pairs donated at the Colts training facility; a huge 27,500 pair donation at the Detroit Zoo; 1,376 pairs in Cumberland, MD; as well as fun events for kids featuring shoe decorating, snacks and more in Sacramento, Jacksonville, and Naples, FL. Additionally, the first international account event was held in Winnipeg, Canada in May with 3,000 pairs donated to kids. All told, over 8.7 million pairs have been donated around the globe since 2011. Make a difference for kids with BOBS!

 

BOBS Partners with Shoe Carnival and K.I.D.S./ Fashion Delivers to Give Back in Puerto Rico and Lubbock

BOBS in Lubbock

We recently partnered with Shoe Carnival and K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers to donate new shoes to students in need across Puerto Rico and Lubbock, Texas. More than 13,000 pairs of BOBS from Skechers were distributed at a series of special end of school year events. That makes over 57,000 shoes donated to date with Shoe Carnival alone and overall more than eight million pairs since BOBS launched in 2011. Everywhere we went, the kids were excited and had a chance to decorate and personalize their new shoes. These local events truly exemplify the power of the BOBS movement and illustrate the power we have to create positive impact on the world around us. Check out the video to catch a heartwarming look at what happened.

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