Join us as we walk in support of Best Buddies’ mission of inclusion.
Best Buddies Friendship Walk: Central Illinois
April 29, 2023
9:00 AM | Normal, IL
The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the leading walk in the country supporting inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (also known as IDD).
Join 40,000 walkers across the country to support the Best Buddies programs in your schools, workplaces and communities. You’ll be making the world more welcoming to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – one friendship, one job, and one life-changing connection at a time.
Sing Karaoke on the DJ4U Stage, play video games with your friends in the Inclusive Gaming area, plus enjoy McDonald’s coffee, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and the Mission Tent with lots of opportunities to have a blast with your friends!
We are also extremely excited to have 101.5 WBNQ host Susan Saunders hosting our opening ceremonies once again!
Thank you for participating in this year’s Friendship Walk! Because of your amazing efforts, we were able to raise vital funds and awareness to sustain and expand our local Best Buddies programs. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s event. With your support, our mission of friendship and inclusion is stronger than ever!
Saturday, April 29, 2023
Check-in: 9:00 AM
Opening Ceremonies: 10:00 AM
Walk: 10:20 AM
Celebrate Until: 12:00 PM
1000 W Raab Rd,
Normal, IL 61761
Mission Movers – Top Fundraisers
Going the extra mile for Best Buddies.
Supporting Local Programs
Funds raised through the Friendship Walk benefits Best Buddies – the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.
The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down Syndrome, Autism, Fragile X, Williams Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities.
We Love Our Sponsors!
For sponsorship opportunities and other event inquiries, please contact:
Best Buddies in Central Illinois 7800 Sommer Street, Suite 412, Peoria, IL 61615
Frequently Asked Questions
Sign up to volunteer at www.bestbuddies.org/volunteer/.