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Join us as we walk in support of Best Buddies’ mission of inclusion.
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Virtual or In-Person Event
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.
Even in the midst of unprecedented challenges, last year’s Virtual Friendship Walk helped us sustain and grow our programs across Chicago and its surrounding areas. None of this would have been possible without supporters like you, and we’re excited to keep moving our mission of inclusion forward with this year’s Friendship Walk. We are hosting a ‘hybrid’ event, at the Old Post Office Rooftop, meaning we will have some in-person elements and some virtual elements.
While we will be gathering safely to walk together in person, Best Buddies welcomes participation from everyone throughout the community based on how they feel most comfortable. Virtual participation is open for individuals and Teams who prefer to join us on walk day from their own favorite path or course. We look forward to having you join us online!
Best Buddies in Chicago is proud to have returning and new participants and teams joining us in our walk for inclusion, all working to surpass our fundraising goal of $150,000 this year. We would like to gauge level of interest for those showing up in person, and will provide more details closer to the walk date. This hybrid walk approach will showcase the Best Buddies mission firsthand – creating a more inclusive world for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, all while allowing supporters to participate safely from their own homes and neighborhoods. No matter where you will be on May 1, we’ll be celebrating friendship and inclusion together!
For sponsorship opportunities and other event inquiries, please contact: JillSullivan@bestbuddies.org.
Saturday, May 1
Stay tuned for more details
The Old Post Office Rooftop
433 W Van Buren | Chicago, IL 60607
Check-in: 9:00 AM
Opening Ceremonies: 9:30 AM
Walk: 10:00 AM
Celebrate: Until 2:00 PM
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.
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