Best Buddies Friendship Walk: Wisconsin

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

May 4, 2024

9:00 AM | Oconomowoc, WI


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.

Join us at the Best Buddies Friendship Walk in Wisconsin! This year, we’re thrilled to announce a new location: the Wisconsin Brewing Company Park, home of the Lake Country Dockhounds baseball team.

Event Highlights:

  • Inclusion Celebration: Show your commitment to inclusion as we come together to celebrate friendship featuring music by DJay Mando! Mando is the official NBA Game Host for the Milwaukee Bucks and the official stadium DJ for the UW Badgers! Mando excites crowds with his signature engagement and positive message!
  • Fun Activities: Enjoy a day filled with exciting activities, including face painting, Jenga, a bean bag game or show off your moves at the One Minute Dance Party!
  • Test Your Skills: See how fast you can throw with the pitch speed counter, practice your soccer ball handling skills, shoot some hoops, play the Storm Trooper game.
  • Kids Zone – Bouncy House and Giant Slide: Let the little ones bounce and slide to their hearts’ content.
  • Delicious Food: Of course we will have hot dogs, it’s a ballpark!

Come walk with us and make new friends. We warmly welcome service dogs to join us. However, please note that no other pets are allowed at the event.

The venue is wheelchair accessible, and we will have an ASL interpreter on stage.

If you need an accommodation, please let us know.


:athletic_shoe: :shirt: FRIENDSHIP WALK REGISTRATION & T-SHIRT INFORMATION! :shirt: :athletic_shoe:

  • Registration: All event attendees MUST register. It is very helpful for our planning team if you register in advance, however, if you cannot register before the event, please visit the registration tent once you arrive to register onsite.

  • T-Shirt Pick-Up: Every registered walker who raised $50 or more, gets a 2024 Friendship Walk t-shirt! On event day, head straight to the t-shirt pick up tent when you arrive, show the volunteer your confirmation email with your size and you are good to go!

  • Early bird t-shirt pick up is on Thursday, May 2nd 1:30pm – 4:00pm in the 1st floor conference room of the Best Buddies office (10425 W North Avenue).


May 4, 2024
Check-in: 9:00 AM
Opening Ceremonies: 10:00 AM
Walk: 10:15 AM
Celebrate Until: 12:00 PM


Wisconsin Brewing Company Park
Home of The Lake Country DockHounds
1011 Blue Ribbon Circle North Oconomowoc, WI 53066

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Six Best Buddies Friendship Walk Participants. They are outside on a sunny day wearing black t-shirts that say Inclusion Without Limits.

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2024 Fundraising Incentives

2024 Friendship Walk Incentive 150
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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.

We Love Our Sponsors!

Title Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor

Additional Sponsors

For sponsorship opportunities and other event inquiries, please contact:

Best Buddies in Wisconsin
10425 W North Ave.
Suite 340
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

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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