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SKECHERS Foundation Donates More Than $480,000 to Children with Special Needs and Education

The SKECHERS Foundation, an organization that was founded to provide families around the world with the necessities and skills to succeed in life, celebrated its most impactful SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk by donating $209,000 to the Friendship Circle for children with special needs and more than $280,000 to six Southern California education foundations. The donations were the largest made by the Foundation and were the result of dozens of corporate sponsors, including presenting sponsor Kids Foot Locker, and thousands of walkers who united for the SKECHERS Friendship Walk in October 2011.

SKECHERS president Michael Greenberg presents a $209,000 donation to the Friendship Circle, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a dramatic difference in the lives of children and young adults with special needs.

SKECHERS President Michael Greenberg expressed his gratitude during a formal check presentation ceremony on February 16 at SKECHERS’ corporate headquarters in Manhattan Beach: “Our sponsors have done something incredible – gathering our friends, families and neighbors so we can change the lives of our children. Because of them, our kids now have more opportunities than what would have been possible without this walk. And we’ve shown that we’re not dependent on our economy or our state’s budget to make a real impact. I’m extremely proud of what we’ve created here, and to be part of a community with such great love for our kids.”

The SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk is now the Southern California’s largest annual donor event for children with special needs and local schools. Along with the Friendship Circle, the funds will directly benefit Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Palos Verdes Peninsula and Torrance schools.

For more information about the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk and the SKECHERS Foundation, please visit http://www.skechersfriendshipwalk.com or become a fan of the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk page on Facebook.

SKECHERS Presents Iraq War Veteran Troy Yocum with More Than $120,000 in Support of the Active Heroes Foundation

The SKECHERS Foundation presents a check for $122,285 to Troy Yocum for the Active Heroes charity foundation at the company’s flagship store in Manhattan Beach, California.

SKECHERS USA, Inc. today announced that it raised more than $120,000 for military families through its nationwide network of SKECHERS retail stores. The 2011 fundraising drive was in support of Iraq War veteran Troy Yocum’s Hike for Heroes campaign, which raised awareness and funds for military families in need as the former soldier walked across America.

“I’m extremely grateful that SKECHERS stepped up to provide vast exposure to this important cause,” began Troy Yocum, who was joined by his wife Mareike for part of his 7,880 mile journey. “Many military families in need will benefit from the donations made by the SKECHERS Foundation and SKECHERS customers across the country – many of whom many not have known about this cause if they hadn’t been informed about the donation opportunity in SKECHERS’ retail stores.”

“Troy Yocum is an inspiration to men and women of all ages,” began Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS. “After bravely serving his country in Iraq, this selfless man is now devoting his life to helping the families of his fellow soldiers who risk their lives to protect our freedom. I was extremely moved by Troy’s story, and felt compelled to help his cause through SKECHERS’ vast network of retail stores. Our loyal customers felt inspired to make donations to Troy’s campaign, and we’re extremely proud that SKECHERS raised such a large amount of funds to support military families.”

The SKECHERS Foundation will make this fundraising achievement by presenting a $122,285 check to Yocum for the Active Heroes charity foundation at the footwear company’s flagship retail store in Manhattan Beach, Calif., on Thursday, January 5.

Since the Hike for Heroes campaign began in April 2010, Troy has raised more than one million dollars for the Active Heroes foundation. His journey will continue as long as U.S. military families require assistance. Troy and Mareike plan to hike another 1,500 miles in 2012 through National Forests and at special events from coast to coast, with the ultimate goal of raising $5 million to directly benefit military families in need.

Go the Extra Mile for Kids at the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk

SKECHERS started the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk three years ago to raise funds for The Friendship Circle, a non-profit organization devoted to improving the lives of children with special needs. In our South Bay community, there are hundreds of children who are living with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Autism as well as many other developmental disabilities and physical limitations. The focus of the walk expanded in our first year as so many schools faced serious budget cuts, and continue to face economic hardships that are impacting our kids’ educations.

We are committed to supporting children with special needs and education.  We believe that it is our obligation to provide assistance to wonderful organizations like The Friendship Circle, which touches the hearts of so many – as well as help our schools during these tough times.

We have already raised more than $500,000 – thanks to many across our community, the efforts of our generous sponsors including presenting sponsor KIDS FOOT LOCKER, and the support of local and national businesses. This is an amazing start, but when you think about the approximately 57,000 kids in our schools, and all our many children with special needs, it isn’t enough. We can do so much more if we come together! Fitness expert Denise Austin, the iconic Tommy Lasorda and the lovely Brooke Burke will all be helping us kick off the walk. And now we are calling upon you, and asking you to call upon your family and friends so we can make miracles happen for thousands of deserving children.

Please join us at the Manhattan Beach Pier on Sunday, October 30 for a terrific time and let’s make even bigger strides in helping our children. If you can’t attend this year’s event, but want to be there in spirit, you can still go the extra mile for our kids by becoming a Virtual Walker: just register online as an Individual, and select ‘Virtual’ from the options listed. Visit the official SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk site for more information on how to get involved, or become a fan of the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk Facebook page for the latest news and updates for this incredible event. See you there!

SKECHERS Goes the Extra Mile for our Kids!

SKECHERS invites the South Bay community to participate in the third annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk on Sunday, October 30, 2011! The 3.4-mile walk will travel from the Manhattan Beach Pier in Manhattan Beach, California, to the Hermosa Beach Pier and back – and will raise important funds for South Bay education foundations and The Friendship Circle, a non-profit organization that assists children with special needs and their families through one-on-one peer mentoring and social recreational programming.

Individuals, families, team leaders and team members can register online for $25. Registration at the Manhattan Beach Pier on the day of the event is $30, and will be open from 8:00 am until 9:45 am. All registered walk participants will also receive a commemorative SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk T-shirt and complimentary water and drinks will be provided along the walk route.

SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk donation funds will directly benefit The Friendship Circle and the education foundations of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Palos Verdes, and Torrance.

Interested in registering for the walk or making a donation? Visit the official SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk website and find out how you can join the effort!

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