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One of the best parts of the annual Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk is when we get to share the funds raised from the event – and last week was one of these special milestones. Supported by celebs like Brooke Burke-Charvet, Sugar Ray Leonard and Denise Austin, the Skechers Foundation presented record-breaking funds: a $434,000 check for the Friendship Foundation to help children with special needs, and $932,000 dedicated to six education foundations. We also celebrated the launch of our scholarship program – with $25,000 in scholarships for 11 well-deserving high school students, who were recognized for their great potential, leadership and contributions to their schools and communities.

To see the annual donations from this event grow seven-fold since its first year in 2009 has been incredible for our Skechers team. Every day, we get to see the results first-hand: from the Friendship Foundation’s programs for children with special needs, to the long-lasting benefits it has on our schools’ teachers, libraries, award-winning programs and more.

The Walk has raised more than $5 million for kids through the years – all because of the generosity of headlining sponsor Nickelodeon, numerous companies like Wells Fargo, Steel Sports, South Bay Vein and Laser Group, The Claudette and Ethan Rickett Care Foundation and Zappos.com, and celebrities, friends and families who want a better future for our children. We look forward to our 2016 Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, and continuing this wonderful tradition for years to come.


Today, we honor MLK and the way others have made a difference – including our brand ambassadors, who are all making strides to have a positive impact in so many ways. The list of charities they support is countless, but here are some highlights:

Demi Lovato, an active role model for many causes, has often shared her personal experiences with mental health and been one of its most vocal supporters. In honor of her father, she established The Lovato Scholarship with CAST Recovery devoted to funding transitional living, outpatient programs and additional expenses for individuals who struggle with mental health and addiction issues.

Meghan Trainor has lent her voice to causes ranging from the Charlotte & Gwenyth Gray Foundation’s Entertainment Industry Benefit for two young sisters fighting to survive Batten’s Disease, to her “Take Care of Our Soldiers” charity single which supported American troops abroad.

A global icon for good and giving, Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara Bach established the Lotus Foundation to advance social welfare in everything from substance abuse to cerebral palsy, cancer, battered women and children, homelessness and animals in need.

Brooke Burke-Charvet has been a longtime Operation Smile ambassador – partnering with companies and celebrities to transform children’s smiles, and even taking her kids to a medical mission in Mexico to support children who suffer from cleft lips and palates. She recently appeared at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball and has been one of the Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk’s biggest supporters.

Kelly Brook’s contributions have ranged from supporting BGC Charity Day in honor of 9/11 victims, to joining the Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk in support of children with special needs and education.

The International Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk for a Cure for many years, Sugar Ray Leonard founded the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation with his wife Bernadette to support the organization. In 2009, Sugar Ray’s foundation expanded to help people rebuild their communities and provide accessible housing, healthcare services, educational services and job training.

Meb Keflezighi’s MEB Foundation inspires youth in the areas of health, education and fitness – supporting programs and events that empower them to maintain life balance, engage in healthy lifestyles, pursue academics, and learn positive skills through sports.

Belén Mozo has appeared at events in support of organizations like Our House grief support organization, and used her golf talents to win the Mad Anthony Charity Classic for Children, which helps support the Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House for families of critically ill children.

Colin Montgomerie started The Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation in memory of his mother, who died of lung cancer. The foundation’s funds built Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, which help thousands of patients and their families in Scotland.

Like our ambassadors, we’ve been inspired to make a difference in the world – both as a company and in partnership with organizations, celebrities and the millions who wear our brand. Through purchases of our BOBS from Skechers footwear, you can help save the lives of dogs and cats, and it enabled us to provide new shoes to more than 13 million kids in need in the United States and around the world. Our annual Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk has raised millions of dollars to support children with special needs and education, with the support of celebrities like Brooke, Kelly and others including Jimmy Kimmel, Sugar Ray Leonard and Tommy Lasorda. And we continue to seek out new ways to help improve the world.

Skechers Brooke Burke Sugar Ray Leonard

How are you making a mark? Tell us what causes inspire you personally, and how you’d like to make a difference for future generations.



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.


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


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

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.

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