About the Walk
The Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk rallies thousands every October for a fun-filled celebration at the beach, where families and friends gather to walk from Manhattan Beach Pier to Hermosa Beach Pier and back in support of our children. Since 2009, the event has raised more than $13 million to support the Friendship Foundation and public education.
The Friendship Foundation assists children with special needs and their families through one-on-one peer mentoring and social recreational activities such as summer camps, outings, sporting events and a variety of classes that include music, yoga, cooking, art and drama.
Through donations, public education foundations retain vital academic programs, maintain smaller classrooms, improve libraries and upgrade school technology. The Walk also funds the Skechers Foundation’s annual scholarship program, which will donate $100,000 to deserving students across the country in 2020.
Co-produced by the Skechers Foundation and the Friendship Foundation, the Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk is supported by presenting sponsor Kinecta Federal Credit Union, media sponsor NBC4 Southern California, dozens of dedicated corporations and passionate citizens throughout our community.
About The Skechers Foundation
Founded in 2010 by the Greenberg family, The Skechers Foundation exists to strengthen communities all over the world, through our greatest asset: children. We invest in organizations dedicated to embracing individuals with special needs, improving education and empowering disadvantaged youth. Our goal is simply to inspire and support individuals to make a valiant effort in creating community.
About The Friendship Foundation
The Friendship Foundation, formerly known as The Friendship Circle of the South Bay, exists to bring happiness and companionship to children and young adults with special needs by celebrating their uniqueness and individuality to create renewed strength, comfort and peace of mind to the families of these special individuals. The Foundation fosters the values of altruism, compassion and acceptance among teen volunteers; heightens community awareness and sensitivity, and encourages a sense of responsibility and involvement. It is our belief that every person is precious and capable of love, connection and friendship. Learn more about The Friendship Foundation.