Best Buddies Friendship Walk: Washington D.C.

Let's change the world for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)

April 27, 2024

8:30 AM | Washington, D.C.


Thank You!

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!

The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the leading event in the country supporting inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Join 50,000 participants at 70+ Walks across the globe to support the Best Buddies programs in schools, workplaces, and communities. You’ll be making the world more welcoming to people with IDD — one friendship, one job, and one life-changing connection at a time.

The Best Buddies Friendship Walk in Washington, DC is an unforgettable event held on the iconic National Mall! Join us for a day filled with joy, inclusivity, and the spirit of friendship as we walk together to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Our annual walk brings together over 2,000 walkers to raise awareness and funds for Best Buddies in Virginia & DC. We are dedicated to fostering genuine friendships, inclusion, and opportunities for our community. Come be a part of this incredible experience, celebrate diversity, and make a positive impact in the lives of the people we serve. Together, we can create a more inclusive and compassionate world!

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Emcee: Eileen Whelan

Eileen is an Emmy award-winning meteorologist and lifestyle host on ABC7's lifestyle show, Good Morning Washington. Eileen attended Salisbury University and was a member of the Best Buddies chapter on the Eastern Shore. She still keeps in touch with her buddy, Jamal. Eileen is passionate about fostering these friendships that enrich our lives.


Saturday, April 27, 2024 
Check-in: 8:30 AM
Opening Ceremonies: 9:00 AM
Walk: 10:00 AM
Celebrate Until: 12:30 PM


National Mall, Washington D.C.
7th and Madison Dr.
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2024 Fundraising Incentives

2024 Friendship Walk Incentive 150
2024 Friendship Walk Incentive 250
2024 Friendship Walk Incentive 500
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2024 Friendship Walk Incentive 1000
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2024 Friendship Walk Incentive 2500
2024 Friendship Walk Incentive 5000


Be part of Best Buddies’ global movement of inclusion.


Every dollar raised directly supports local Best Buddies programs.


See the Best Buddies mission in action on event day.

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Supporting Local Programs

Funds raised through the Friendship Walk benefits Best Buddies – the largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people worldwide with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower people with IDD to form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure jobs, improve communication and advocacy skills, and live independently, while also offering support for their families.

The IDD community that Best Buddies serves individuals with IDD and their families. The IDD community includes, but is not limited to, people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, and other undiagnosed disabilities.

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Spirit Drumline Sponsor Logo
Cheer DC Sponsor Logo
National Childrens Museum Sponsor Logo

For sponsorship opportunities and other event inquiries, please contact:

Best Buddies in Virginia & D.C.
7956L Tysons Corner Center
Tysons, VA 22102

Frequently Asked Questions

Every person who raises $50 or more will receive the official Best Buddies Friendship Walk t-shirt on walk day. It’s our way of saying thank you for supporting a more inclusive world and going the extra mile! Want to make sure you receive this year’s shirt? Get registered and start fundraising today!

First, thank you for bringing the whole family to support Best Buddies! As a family, you are raising funds as a collective unit (e.g. The SmithFamily) instead of as individuals, so the collective amount you’ve raised will be used to determine how many shirts you’ll receive on event day — the same “one t-shirt earned per $50 raised” still applies for family registrants.

For example: If you registered your family of 4 and you have $200 raised on your family page, each of you will receive a t-shirt when you arrive on event day!

First things first: Thank you! Your donation will count toward your child’s fundraising total, so they will be the one who earns the t-shirt. Want to make sure you receive one? Register to walk alongside them, make a donation of $50 or more, and the shirt is all yours on walk day!

We do! Simply bring it with you to the walk or contact your local Best Buddies office. Online donations are the easiest and safest, most secure way to give to Best Buddies, but either way — you’re making a difference!

Absolutely! Volunteers are vital to the success of the Friendship Walk, whether it’s assisting with event planning, day-of support, and more. Want to sign up to volunteer? Contact your local Best Buddies staff member — scroll up on the page one section to find more information!

Service animals are always welcome at the Friendship Walk! However, the allowance of other pets depends on the specific venue. For more information regarding bringing non-service animals, please reach out to your local Best Buddies staff member.

Best Buddies does not sell, share, or rent personal information collected through our website’s registration or donation forms. For more information, visit

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