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Join us as we walk in support of Best Buddies mission of inclusion.
10:00 AM | Virtual or In-Person Options
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.
In 2020, the Friendship Walk pivoted to a virtual model due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We were amazed by the willingness of our friends and supporters to pivot along with us, raising over $120,000 across Massachusetts and Rhode Island and proving that inclusion is never canceled.
As we closely monitor the distribution of vaccines and continue to comply with local regulations and mandates, we will be hosting a hybrid event to ensure everyone has a chance to join the fun. We will once again broadcast our event to Facebook Live, and are excited to announce some exciting details for those who prefer an in-person event!
On Saturday, May 15th, we will host a drive-thru Car Cavalcade at MAPFRE Headquarters in Webster, MA, as well as a chance to get your walk shirts and feel the excitement of an in-person event — all from the safety of your own vehicles.
We thank you for your continued support of Best Buddies, and we know that because of supporters like you, we will once again prove that nothing can slow down our mission of friendship and inclusion!
What to Expect
In short: A PARTY! We hope you will join us for our first in-person event in over a year as we celebrate friendship & inclusion with hundreds of our favorite friends. This year’s Friendship Walk will be celebrated as a drive-thru event. We are calling it a “Car Cavalcade”, where you will drive through our car parade route and interact with tons of fun stops along the way. At the end we will have a celebration zone where you can safely get out of your car and dance to the tunes of DJ Scotty while enjoying some food and ice cream from New City Microcreamery.
Joining us at this year’s event: our Presenting Sponsor, PLAN or MA & RI, The New England Patriots very own Pat the Patriot, Micro Creamery, Anelise Diamond Merrihew and band, Miss Teen Massachusetts, Miss Teen Rhode Island and more.
For sponsorship opportunities and other event inquiries, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, May 14, 2021
Friendship Walk Pep Rally
Join us for our first-ever Friendship Walk Pep Rally on Friday, May 14th. We will be bringing walkers from across the region as we rally and build up the excitement and enthusiasm around this year’s Friendship Walk. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the Friendship Walk.
Central Mass Team: 6:00 PM -7:00 PM
Rhode Island Teams 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In-Person Hybrid Option
Saturday, May 15, 2021
“Car Cavalcade” Drive-Thru Parade
11 Gore Rd
Webster, MA 01570
10:00 AM: Check-In
10:45 AM: Opening Ceremony Begins
11:00 AM: Car Cavalcade Begins
12:00 PM: Car Cavalcade Ends
12:00 PM: Food and Entertainment with DJ Scotty
1:00 PM: Top Fundraiser Awards Announced
10:45 AM: Tune in to our Facebook Live Opening Ceremony
11:00 AM: Virtual Friendship Walk
1:00 PM: Tune into Facebook Live as we announce our Top Fundraising Teams.
Going the extra mile for Best Buddies.
Introducing the all-new Friendship Walk Fundraising Incentive Program. Each time you hit a fundraising incentive level, we’ll send you an email confirming your shipping address and that item will be immediately sent to you. (Except the $50 participant shirt which will be given to you either on Walk day or picked up the day before the Walk - see your local Best Buddies office for more detail) Incentive levels start at $50 and go up to $1,500. Get all six and you’ll be repping Best Buddies to the fullest!
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Join us as we walk for the Best Buddies mission!
Let’s change the world for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities.
It’s much more than a walk, it’s a party!
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.
Best Buddies in Massachusetts 51 Union St Suite 308 Worcester, MA 01608