Gives Back

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

 

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.

BOBS Gives Back in Santa Rosa

 

On May 16, BOBS from SKECHERS traveled to Santa Rosa, California to donate 1,000 pairs of shoes to the children of Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, Head Start/Early Head Start, and School Readiness programs in Sonoma County. Children gathered to receive a pair of BOBS and even had a chance to decorate them! The inspired and excited kids were able to use their imagination to create fun, personalized, fresh-looking shoes. BOBS Santa Rosa event

We love when our events inspire others to reach out to their community. In Santa Rosa, one local dentist joined in on the philanthropy by donating toothbrushes to the youth. No matter the product or event, we appreciate those who seek to create positive change in the world. That is why we want to say thank you to all the BOBS supporters! Whether you’re purchasing another pair of BOBS or simply giving back in your own way, we could not reach the milestone of more than 8 million pairs donated worldwide without your help.

For more pictures, check out our Santa Rosa gallery on Facebook, and be sure to like the post to show your continuous support of BOBS from Skechers!

 

BOBS GIVES BACK WITH 27,000-PAIR DONATION IN FLORIDA

 

This Spring, SKECHERS is partnering with Bealls department stores and Fashion Delivers/K.I.D.S. to donate 27,000 pairs of BOBS shoes throughout Pensacola, Florida. The first giveaway launched on January 24 with a donation event for 350 children in need hosted by Children’s Home Society of Florida. The afternoon included shoe decorating activities, music, snacks and a special visit from characters who posed for fun photos with the children. In the coming months, Children’s Home Society will continue to distribute BOBS shoes across the Pensacola region.

Thank you to all our customers who have purchased BOBS. This simple act is helping thousands of children in need across the U.S.  Because of you, we have also reached more than six million pairs of shoes donated worldwide!

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BOBS CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT

BOBS from SKECHERS embraced the holiday spirit of giving with three shoe donation events during the month of December!

The first was in SKECHERS’ backyard (Los Angeles, California) on December 14 with the Baby2Baby charitable organization. Children and families in need were invited to attend Baby2Baby’s third annual Holiday Party where they received gifts and a new pair of BOBS shoes to decorate.  Santa Claus made an appearance as well, and children enjoyed holiday crafts, treats and music, plus a complimentary lunch with their families.

Next, we traveled across the U.S. for two BOBS donation events in New Orleans.  Teaming up with BOBS retail partner Shoe Carnival, volunteers visited the Slidell-Pearl River Head Start organization for a holiday donation event on December 16.  Santa Claus made a surprise appearance, and children received new pairs of SKECHERS socks and school supplies with their BOBS shoes.

And finally, a visit to Kingsley House in New Orleans, a charitable organization that has been serving the community since 1896.  Children received BOBS shoes to decorate, plus new socks, school supplies and another surprise visit from Santa.  In total, 2,400 pairs of new shoes were distributed in New Orleans through our BOBS charitable partner Fashion Delivers.

We’re looking forward to even more BOBS donation events in 2014 – stay tuned!

SKECHERS Donates More Than 200,000 Pairs of BOBS to Typhoon Victims in the Philippines

More Than Six Million Pairs of New Shoes Have Been Donated to Date

A boy shows off his BOBS shoes in the Philippines. April 2013

With thousands of lives lost and more than a half million homeless, the people of the Philippines are suffering after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan… and like many of you, SKECHERS is making big strides to help the hundreds of thousands affected.

Together with our donation partner Soles4Souls, we’re donating around 213,000 pairs of new BOBS shoes over the first two weeks of December to help children throughout the region. BOBS just passed the six-million-pair donation mark through this contribution, and we couldn’t have imagined a more worthy cause to usher in this milestone.

Thank you for making such a great impact with your BOBS purchases to help children throughout this region, as well as the millions of kids who’ve benefitted since BOBS started in 2011: in communities across America and more than 30 countries around the globe.

If you’d still like to make a difference, SKECHERS continues to donate new shoes to kids in need with your purchase; you can shop our year-round collection of BOBS styles for women, men and children in stores worldwide and online at skechers.com.

The SKECHERS Foundation Raises a Million for Kids with Special Needs and Education

Celebrities Jimmy Kimmel, Brooke Burke-Charvet and Tommy Lasorda Make a Difference at the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk

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Every October since 2009, SKECHERS has brought together thousands for the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk in LA’s South Bay. And each year, our beach is filled with bigger and bigger crowds, all who want to make a difference for kids with special needs and our schools.

This past Sunday was incredible – an unprecedented 10,000 gathered to help raise a new record: more than $1 million for The Friendship Circle and education foundations that will directly help our children. Thanks so much to the celebrities who joined us, including Jimmy Kimmel, Brooke Burke-Charvet and her family, and Tommy Lasorda. Our presenting sponsor Nickelodeon, the incredible local and national businesses who come out to rally for our children. And to all of you who took part: you’ve turned our beloved event into the largest of its kind for these causes in Southern California, and your impact will be felt for generations to come.

Learn more about the walk and The Friendship Circle at www.skechersfriendshipwalk.com and http://www.gotfriends.com.

SKECHERS’ Donation of BOBS Footwear for Kids in Need Surpasses Three-Million-Pair Mark

Just five months after reaching its first million-pair donation milestone, BOBS from SKECHERS today announced that it has donated more than three million pairs of new shoes for children in need worldwide. With a new pair going to a child in need for every pair of BOBS purchased, BOBS has expanded its donation network to include nearly 30 countries around the globe, with a focus on helping distressed families across the United States.

BOBS from SKECHERS distributes new shoes to children in need in Atlanta, Georgia. (Image courtesy of Caring for Others and Carlos Bell Photography)

BOBS from SKECHERS distributes new shoes to children in need in Atlanta, Georgia. (Image courtesy of Caring for Others and Carlos Bell Photography)

“The word is out about BOBS, and its growing success means that we can give more pairs than ever. We are pleased that we are able to get shoes in the hands of American families struck by financial hardship, those affected by natural disasters, including Superstorm Sandy, and many children in need around the world,” said Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS. “We’re so excited to be part of this movement of giving, and to help as many kids as we can. Through the continued support of socially conscious consumers, we believe we can make an even larger impact.”

BOBS unites people with a single goal: to help the approximately 300 million children worldwide in need of shoes due to poverty, epidemics and natural disasters. With the support of its non-profit giveaway partners, BOBS distributes to charitable organizations, homeless shelters, education programs and non-profit groups across the Americas, Africa, Eastern Europe, and mainland and Southeast Asia – and plans to continue expanding the program on a global scale.

Designed for women, men and kids, BOBS is supported by Dancing with the Stars host Brooke Burke-Charvet in a global awareness campaign across print, television, online and social media. You can find BOBS in stores nationwide, and in key markets around the world.

SKECHERS and Marathoner Meb Present $25,000 and Footwear for Hurricane Sandy Relief

SKECHERS USA, Inc. announced that elite marathon runner Meb presented a $25,000 check to the Mayors Fund in New York City on behalf of SKECHERS for rebuilding efforts after the destruction of Superstorm Sandy. Meb also appeared on Monday at a special fundraising event at the SKECHERS Times Square store where the footwear company donated 20% of all sales raising additional money for the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.

Meb joins SKECHERS employees in Times Square to load shoes that will be distributed through disaster relief organizations in New York and New Jersey. (Photo: Business Wire)

Meb joins SKECHERS employees in Times Square to load shoes that will be distributed through disaster relief organizations in New York and New Jersey. (Photo: Business Wire)

To aid families that have been displaced or lost their homes during the hurricane, SKECHERS worked with Fashion Delivers to get 500 pairs of footwear immediately into the hands of two relief efforts: the Secaucus Municipal Center in New Jersey and The Legacy Center in Queens. SKECHERS also will be donating a large number of pairs via its charity footwear line that will reach children impacted by the storm in December.

“I arrived last week in New York to run as I have so many times before. Then after witnessing the storm’s devastation and hearing stories from those affected, the priorities of this amazing city became crystal clear,” began Meb. “There’s always another race, but those who lost their homes or friends or family members need our assistance today. I’m fortunate to be here and I hope that together with SKECHERS we’ve been able to help some of those who need it most.”

“Many of our retail associates and retail partners were impacted by this storm,” added SKECHERS president Michael Greenberg. “So, we quickly mobilized to figure out how to best help and we’re glad Meb was able to collaborate on raising both money and awareness. We also want to thank the countless runners – both local and visiting for the marathon – who attended our fundraising event on Monday. It’s truly a fantastic and supportive community.”

In 2009, Meb made history as the first American to win the prestigious ING New York City Marathon since Alberto Salazar in 1982. He also won a Silver Medal competing in the marathon during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. And at age 36, Meb achieved back-to-back PRs in the 2011 New York City Marathon (2:09:13) and the 2012 Olympic Trials in Houston (2:09:08) wearing Skechers Performance footwear. Meb currently appears in the global marketing campaign for Skechers GOrun ride.

SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk Breaks Records in its Fourth Year: SKECHERS Foundation Raises More than $750,000 for Children with Special Needs and Education

Brooke Burke-Charvet and SKECHERS president Michael Greenberg at the fourth annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk. (Photo: Business Wire)

Brooke Burke-Charvet and SKECHERS president Michael Greenberg at the fourth annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk. (Photo: Business Wire)

The SKECHERS Foundation today announced that more than $750,000 was raised for children with special needs and education through Sunday’s Pier to Pier Friendship Walk. The 2012 donations were significantly higher than last year’s total of $580,000 thank to the record number of walkers, more than 8,500 people, and the many donations by local and national businesses, including presenting sponsor Nickelodeon.

“Four years ago when the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk began we had 2,200 people come out; now we’ve surpassed 8,500 walkers in 2012, which is a testament to the compassion and dedication of our community,” said SKECHERS president Michael Greenberg. “The $750,000 we raised through this year’s walk will help many children with special needs continue to thrive through the Friendship Circle programs; it’s inspiring to see what a big impact small gestures can make. Many education foundations that are in dire need of funding will also benefit from the money we’ve raised through this year’s walk.”

The 3.4 mile walk from the Manhattan Beach Pier to the Hermosa Beach Pier and back was hosted by fitness expert Denise Austin, who rallied the crowd before the walk. Legendary Hall of Fame baseball manager Tommy Lasorda also spoke about the importance of giving back to make a positive impact in the community, and Dancing with the Stars co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet congratulated SKECHERS and all the walkers for making a difference to help children with special needs and for supporting education foundations.

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