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Join us as we walk in support of Best Buddies mission of inclusion.
Join us Virtually or In-Person!
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 (read: you!) to pivot along with us, raising over $17,000 — 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, April 24th, we will host a drive-thru car parade in Louisville (E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park, 3000 Freys Hill Rd, Louisville, KY 40241), 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. Stay tuned for more information coming soon!
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!
For sponsorship opportunities and other event inquiries, please contact: EmilyBruenderman@bestbuddies.org.
Saturday, April 24, 2021
9:15 AM: Live Stream via Facebook Live
9:30 AM: Walk with your family or team in your neighborhood; take lots of photos and tag us on Instagram or Facebook @BestBuddiesKY
Official Celebratory Drive-Thru Parade
E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park, 3000 Freys Hill Rd, Louisville, KY 40241
9:15 AM: Opening Ceremonies via Facebook Live
9:30 AM: Drive-thru event begins! Registered walkers will sign up for a time slot to ensure a smooth event. Be sure to register for the walk on this page first, before signing up for a drive-thru time slot below.
– Only one person per car needs to sign up but you MUST sign up for a time slot to attend the drive-through event! Thanks for your help with this! You can sign up your car here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F4DA8AE29A0FB6-best1
– 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.
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