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Join us as we walk in support of Best Buddies mission of inclusion.
Join us Virtually or In-Person!
Thank you for participating in this year’s Friendship Walk! Because of you, we were able to raise funds to sustain and help expand our Best Buddies programs in the area. Although this year’s event was not your typical Friendship Walk, the impact of your support is truly what the day is all about.
Thank you again for all your support of this year’s Best Buddies Friendship Walk. We look forward to having you at our 2022 event next spring. With your help and support, our mission of inclusion lives on!
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.
DATE CHANGE – due to inclement weather
Friday, April 23
5:00 PM: Live Stream via Facebook Live
5:15 PM: Walk with your family or team in your neighborhood; take lots of photos and tag us on Instagram or Facebook @BestBuddiesKY
In-Person Option – Drive on by anytime between 5pm and 7pm
Official Celebratory Drive-Thru Parade
E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park, 3000 Freys Hill Rd, Louisville, KY 40241
5:00 PM: Opening Ceremonies via Facebook Live
5:15 PM: Drive-thru event begins! COME Anytime between 5pm and 7pm to join in on the fun!
– Masks are required when you’re in your car, as volunteers will be interacting with you
– There will be music, food, games, and fun, all from the safety of your own vehicle
– If you’ve raised at least $50, you’ll be able to pick up your Best Buddies in Kentucky Friendship Walk short sleeve t-shirt at the event too
– After you attend the drive-thru, walk with your family or team in your neighborhood; take lots of photos and tag us on Instagram or Facebook @BestBuddiesKY
Car Decorating Contest!
Decorate your car prior to arriving at the Drive-Thru parade and be entered into the contest for BEST decorated car! The winning car will get an awesome prize!
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 Kentucky 3044 Bardstown Road, #1274, Louisville, KY 40205