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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.

SKECHERS Announces Celebrity Hosts for Fourth Annual Pier to Pier Friendship Walk Presented by Nickelodeon: Tommy Lasorda, Brooke Burke-Charvet and Denise Austin support children with special needs and education

SKECHERS USA, Inc., a global leader in lifestyle product and innovator of performance footwear, today announced that legendary Hall of Fame baseball manager Tommy Lasorda, Dancing with the Stars co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet, and fitness expert Denise Austin will host the fourth annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk on Sunday, October 28. Each celebrity shares a long history with SKECHERS; Lasorda – a loyal friend of the Company for many years – will appear in a new SKECHERS ad campaign later this fall, and both Burke-Charvet and Austin have supported the Company’s footwear collections as celebrity endorsees.

SKECHERS President Michael Greenberg with celebrity hosts Tommy Lasorda, Brooke Burke-Charvet and Denise Austin. (Photo: Business Wire)

SKECHERS President Michael Greenberg with celebrity hosts Tommy Lasorda, Brooke Burke-Charvet and Denise Austin. (Photo: Business Wire)

SKECHERS is anticipating 10,000 participants at this year’s Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, which is presented by Nickelodeon, and will aim to surpass the $600,000 fundraising total from 2011. Since its 2009 launch, the walk has raised $1.2 million to help retain vital educational programs, maintain smaller class sizes, upgrade school technology, as well as support The Friendship Circle – a non-profit organization that assists children with special needs and their families through one-on-one peer mentoring and social programming.

“We are thrilled that Tommy, Brooke and Denise are hosting this year’s walk and devoting their time to help the SKECHERS Foundation raise awareness and funds for these important causes,” said SKECHERS president Michael Greenberg. “Schools rely on this additional funding to maintain valuable programs that are constantly threatened by budget cuts, and the Friendship Circle creates a life-changing environment that not only helps children with special needs, but also influences teen volunteers to become caring mentors who give back to the community. These children are the future of our nation, so it’s crucial that we step up and provide the financial support they need to succeed.”

“When I participated in last year’s SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, it made such a dramatic impact on me that I was compelled to return this year and show my support,” said Brooke Burke-Charvet. “These kids are truly inspiring, and watching them join together to save our schools and support children with special needs is such a great example for other communities across the country. I hope people recognize what SKECHERS has accomplished through the Pier to Pier Walk, and it compels them to show support for this important cause at a national level.”

Traveling from the Manhattan Beach Pier to Hermosa Beach Pier and back, the 3.4-mile walk will include performance from local school bands, cheerleading teams and free activities for the entire family. The Pier to Pier Walk will also be followed by the 22nd annual World Famous Pumpkin Races at the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Individuals, families, team leaders and team members can register online at skechersfriendshipwalk.com or by mail for $25. Registration at the Manhattan Beach Pier on the morning of the event is $30. Registered participants will receive a commemorative SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk t-shirt, goody bag and complimentary water and drinks along the walk route. For those who cannot participate, donations will also be accepted until the day of the walk; event sponsors and volunteers are also welcome to participate.

 

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