Gives Back

SKECHERS PIER TO PIER WALK RAISES $1.8 MILLION FOR KIDS

The Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk returned this past Sunday, its ninth year… and we had another amazing turnout with record-breaking donations for kids with special needs and our schools. More than $1.8 million raised, blowing away our $1.6 million goal!

More than 13,000 people walked pier to pier to support our kids. So many celebrities, from legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and actress, model and entrepreneur Brooke-Burke Charvet, to teens like This Is Us stars Logan Shroyer, Niles Fitch, Parker Bates and Mackenzie Hancsicsak. Special performances by recording artist Asia Monet; NBC’s Little Big Shots’ Kieran Tamondong; America’s Got Talent duo Artyon and Paige; Nickelodeon star Ciara Wilson; dance sensation Larsen Thompson; and actress/singer Jada Facer’s “National Anthem.” And thousands of families and friends and who all came together to support our cause.

Since 2009, our walk has had one goal: to raise funds that support our children. The results have taken shape in countless ways: supporting our amazing Friendship Foundation that encourages kids of special needs to make new friends, engage in new activities and bring people together. A new library that we built for the kids, new technology introduced to educate our children, and much more. And it’s grown far beyond our original goal in amazing ways – from uniting children and communities with a new level of kindness and positivity, to inspiring a sister Friendship Walk in places as far-reaching as China.

Our walk has also become a year-round movement: motivating thousands to take part and contribute every season. Next October’s event will be our 10th year, a huge milestone for us – and participants excited by last Sunday’s event have already hit the ground running with new donations and support. We encourage you to take part and join our movement for making a difference for kids in every community. You can learn more about the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk at skechersfriendshipwalk.com and  facebook.com/SKECHERSFriendshipWalk.

Our profound thanks to all of the companies who sponsored our walk this year, and have made it their business to support our kids: from our headlining sponsor Nickelodeon and media sponsor NBC4 Southern California, to countless sponsors across every industry: Mattel, Moose Toys, The Claudette & Ethan Rickett Care Foundation, Wells Fargo, Ross, Steel Partners, Premier Displays & Exhibits, United Legwear & Underwear Co., Velocity Sports Performance, Vertra, and so many others who give funds and support to provide a better future.

BOBS UNITES AUSTIN FOR HURRICANE ANIMALS

Through BOBS for Dogs, we’ve loved taking part in our national movement to save millions of shelter animals’ lives – and there was no greater opportunity for that than at our Strut Your Mutt event in Austin this fall! The recent hurricanes have tragically displaced hundreds of pets, creating an influx of homeless animals and a new sense of urgency to find homes for them as quickly as possible.

 

And Strut Your Mutt rose to the occasion… announcing a special “two-in-one” event with Super Adoption. In addition to raising funds for local shelters and animal rescue groups, Skechers also donated $10,000 to cover adoption fees for the first 100 animals adopted at the event – and it was a huge success!

Strut Your Mutt is a huge event every year in cities across the country – there are BOBS prizes, treats and toys for the dogs and even special offers on our adorable BOBS for Dogs shoes. We just had a hugely successful Strut Your Mutt event in Los Angeles this past weekend (we raised more than $400,000 in that city alone!) and our national Strut Your Mutt Day will be held in communities everywhere this Saturday, October 28. If you’ve got a dog or are just a pooch lover, head outside and walk with us! You can get more info on this Saturday’s national event here.


Hats off to the Austin Animal Center, Austin Pets Alive, Houston Pets Alive, San Antonio Pet Alive and PAW Shelter of central Texas, amazing organizations that go the extra mile to save animals’ lives – not just in the hurricane’s aftermath, but every day at their shelters. And HUGE thanks to all of you who keep the BOBS for Dogs spirit alive and support our movement to make shelter deaths a thing of the past – through all of your purchases, posts and endless support.

 

BOBS GIVES COAST TO COAST

At 14 million-plus shoes donated and counting, the BOBS tradition continues with another great summer of giving, thanks to our amazing partners at Delivering Good! From Washington to New York, we’ve had the joy of sharing new BOBS shoes with thousands of kids in need across the country this season. Check out all of our latest events:

Seattle, Washington

Skechers partnered with Amazon for a summer shoe carnival – donating BOBS shoes to local charities including Wellspring Family Services and the Boys and Girls Club of Seattle.  The kids got to personalize their shoes and enjoy face painting stations, balloon twisting, clowns, DJs and more!

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Skechers and Rogan’s Shoes paired up to give BOBS from SKECHERS shoes and books to local Milwaukee children, courtesy of COA Youth & Family Centers. After getting their new shoes, children got to customize them at decorating stations!

Portland, Oregon

Skechers returned to the Northwest for our latest account parntership: joining Fred Meyer to give BOBS shoes to local Portland children, courtesy of Oregon DHS Child Welfare Agency!

New York and Maryland

The Sunrise Day Camp event has become a beloved annual tradition for Skechers. Our team donated BOBS from SKECHERS to children fighting cancer at Sunrise Day Camps across New York – from their Long Island, Pearl River and Staten Island locations to their Horizon Day Camp in Baltimore.

A huge thanks to all of you for supporting the BOBS movement over the years! Want to make a difference for animals? You can purchase BOBS for Dogs and BOBS casuals, and your purchase will help save the nearly four million dogs and cats killed in America’s shelters every year. Take a look at the BOBS collection here.

Skechers U.S.A., Inc., 228 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 310-318-3100.  Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741, 435-644-2001.  During the promotion, twenty-five cents will be donated to Best Friends Animal Society per pair of specially marked BOBS from Skechers shoes sold in the U.S., and Skechers has guaranteed that at least $3 million will be donated to Best Friends to help save the lives of dogs and cats in America’s shelters.  The promotion runs September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2018.

BOBS FOR DOGS HELPS SAVE THEM ALL

We’re so excited to share the latest chapter of our BOBS journey with you!

One of the most gratifying things about working at Skechers, is how we’ve been able to take our brand to new places… and one of our proudest is how we’ve partnered with you to make a difference in the world. Our BOBS for Dogs movement has been among our most embraced campaigns to date, with scores of customers snapping up our styles to help save the millions of animals euthanized in U.S. shelters every year.

We’ve committed at least $3 million to Best Friends Animal Society, and are presenting sponsor of fundraising events like Best Friends’ annual Strut Your Mutt celebration – where we share our BOBS for Dogs styles, giveaways and even field games for pooches and their owners! Beloved by dog lovers in 14 cities across the country, Strut Your Mutt has become a national phenomenon with a massive following. Celebrity pooch Tuna even stopped by to vamp in our shoes!

We’ve also taken the BOBS for Dogs movement to more than 400 of our stores, where our “Give Love” Valentine’s Day campaign supported Best Friends’ pet adoptions and inspired dog fans to find their perfect BOBS for Dogs shoes, register with Best Friends, donate thousands to shelter animals and adopt “The One” for a lifetime of love.

People really love the unique, animated styles of our BOBS for Dogs collection, and how they’re adorably fun but also totally serious about making a difference in animals’ lives. Our shoes have ranged from cute puppy and kitty prints (Pup Smarts / Kitty Smarts) to sweet pit bulls (Gentle Giants) and colorful pooch portraits (Paw-fection). You can see the entire BOBS collection here. (Sundae the Golden loves the red!)

Thanks for taking part in BOBS for Dogs… and join us for many more fundraising celebrations at our stores and Strut Your Mutt events!

 

SKECHERS PETS OF INSTAGRAM

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For pet lovers everywhere it’s hard to find anything that brings more joy to the world than our four legged furry friends. And with the holiday season in full swing now that we are deep into wrapping paper, we turned to Instagram to find some of our favorites. Maya seen above looks nothing short of adorable with her reindeer ears. We imagine she just brought in that pair of Flex Advantage 2.0 sneakers to surprise her daddy on Christmas morning. Follow @mayathedox to see more!

The felines seem to approach the holidays in different ways. Albert (below, left) is ready for the snow in a cozy sweater. He couldn’t care less about the cold when out and about with his human friend wearing the Relaxed Fit Marselo boot built to tackle the elements. See more at @albertbabycat.

Some cats take on the role of dogs and protect property at all costs. Mick (above, right) sits stoically guarding a pair of Mecca – Sawmill boots for a young boy in the house. He’s daring you to try and challenge him and won’t rest until these shoes are worn and enjoyed in amazing snowplay. Emma (below, left) takes a more…we’ll call it direct…approach to the job. This little girl won’t ever let these cozy BOBS Plush slip-ons leave her paws! If you need to go out you’ll probably have to suffer through copious amounts of kitty cuddling first!  Follow Mick at @meowing_mick and Emma at @furryboy.leo.

For a cool Yorkie who is beyond ready to open presents check out Joey above. Have you ever seen a pup more eager for present time to begin?  The cleverly positioned men’s Mark Nason Parker boot and women’s Winchester – Mysterious boot send a covert signal that he’s ready for a walk.  Like right now. As seen below, Lucy and Emily can get by without a human friend. At least that’s what Lucy wants you to think as she’s put on a pair of D’Lites herself and is all set for the adventures that come. Emily clearly isn’t having it and despite Lucy’s best wishes will still beg for endless petting. Joey can be seen @joey__bateman and follow the ongoing mischief of Lucy and Emily @pupsonpar.

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Last week in the spirit of the holidays we held a Skechers pet adoption event for the first time at our headquarters in Manhattan Beach. Our BOBS for DOGS charity partner Best Friends Animal Society stopped by with an adoption van and information for new pet owners. Countless essential items were donated to local pet shelters and everyone from the office loved hanging out and spreading cheer with dogs and cats for an afternoon and the puppy and kitty below (plus another kitty) found lucky new parents and forever homes! Learn more about the No-Kill LA initiative here.

We love seeing furry friends! If you have cool pictures of your pets please share on Instagram with #PetsOfSkechers.  Maybe we’ll feature you next time!  Happy holidays!

SKECHERS PIER TO PIER FRIENDSHIP WALK RAISES $1.6 MILLION FOR KIDS

 

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It’s been eight years since our Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk started in Manhattan Beach – and we’re so grateful that every year of the walk to date has brought record-breaking donations for children with special needs and schools. This past Sunday, we had our largest attendance yet – 12,000 people – all walking to raise more than $1.6 million for kids.
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They joined all kinds of celebrities – Brooke Burke-Charvet, Sugar Ray Leonard, Camila Alves, Ian Ziering, Denise and Katie Austin, and Tommy Lasorda; a squad of teen TV and movie stars; and Walk performers Asia Monet Ray, Jordyn Jones, New District and Aidan Prince. Sponsors backing the Walk included lead sponsors Nickelodeon and NBC4 Southern California, and national and local companies from every industry: retail, finance, technology, fitness, foundations and more.

When we look back at our very first Walk, we’re astounded by how it’s grown from a passionate community event into the nation’s largest for kids with special needs and education. In spite of its growth, we’re thrilled to see that it remains the same: the focus continues to be on our kids, and how we can achieve amazing things together to help them thrive.

The Friendship Foundation has been a huge gift for children with special needs and their families, and this year’s funds will continue to support their efforts with programs, peer mentoring, sporting events, and field trips. Education foundations will also be able to improve our schools by retaining teachers and programs, making classes smaller and upgrading facilities and technology. And we continue to provide scholarships to deserving children – $100,000 will be given in 2017. All this is because so many have given so much (an incredible $7 million over the years).
img_0604A huge thanks to everyone who participated this year – and to all of you, who have joined more than 4 million viewers engaged with our cause online. In addition to Nickelodeon and NBC4 Southern California, a grateful shout out to Wells Fargo, Steel Sports, The Claudette and Ethan Rickett Care Foundation, Ross, Zappos.com, 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 so many others who have provided funds and support to provide a better future for children.

You can learn more about the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, watch our videos and see how we help children with special needs and schools online at skechersfriendshipwalk.com and on Facebook.

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BOBS: SUMMER OF GIVING

As we reach our latest BOBS donation milestone (approximately 14 million pairs!) we’re looking back on all the incredible memories we’ve made with kids through our events… and this summer was one of our best. We traveled across the United States and Canada with tens of thousands of new shoes in tow, and got to enjoy lots of young smiles and great moments along the way. Here are a few of the many BOBS donation events we’ve loved participating in this season! You can also help make a difference and shop for BOBS shoes, which not only supports kids in need, but also helps save animals’ lives.


p1060306Reno, Nevada
April 1 – April 3

BOBS took part in an amazing three-day event at Reno Rodeo, a popular regional sporting event that supports the Reno/Sparks economy. Skechers donated 26,000 pairs of BOBS to children in need at the event, which featured a special visit with Miss Reno Rodeo 2016 and decorating stations for kids to personalize their new shoes!

 

p1060111Columbus, Ohio
May 24 – May 25

It was an amazing two days: together with our partner DSW, we visited Trevitt and Highland Elementary Schools to give more than 30,000 pairs of BOBS shoes to local Columbus students throughout the district. Visits with the Columbus Clippers mascots and shoe decorating stations added to the fun!

 


dscn0917Vancouver, British Columbia
May 26

BOBS partnered with Shoes.com to donate over 500 pairs of BOBS shoes to local Strathcona children.  The students decorated their new BOBS and played baseball and soccer, enjoyed arts and craft stations, met the BC Lions Cheerleaders and Vancouver Whitecaps mascot, and more!

 

Spokane, Washington
June 3

This was Skechers’ and Fred Meyer’s second year of teaming up for Spokane’s kids! Over 600 pairs of BOBS were donated to children in need throughout the city. Club attendees included the local Boys & Girls Club, the Salvation Army, and Big Brothers Big Sisters programs.

 

Regina, Saskatchewan
June 11

BOBS and Quarks donated over 500 pairs of BOBS from Skechers shoes to children at Regina elementary schools.  The kids enjoyed a great day of outdoor games, face painting, plus arts and crafts!

 


p1060591Long Island, New York
August 15

Skechers gave over 1,500 pairs of BOBS to children fighting cancer at Sunrise Day Camps in Long Island, Pearl River and Staten Island as well as their Horizon Day Camp in Baltimore. Skechers retail stores also recently raised $207,413 for the organization’s annual Sunrise Walk.

 

Check out all the great moments from our BOBS summer of giving here:

 

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