Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk becomes an entertainment festival
Skechers Chairman Michael Greenberg expressed just one regret during the ninth annual Pier to Skechers Pier Friendship March on Sunday, October 29. Tommy Lasorda, the most popular supporter of the Friendship March, was absent for the first time in the march’s nine-year history. But Greenberg wasn’t as disappointed as Lasorda would be that day. He was competing in the World Series in Houston, hoping to win his third World Series ring. The former Dodgers general manager led his teams to the championships in 1981 and 1988. That night the Dodgers lost a heart-wrenching and ultimately decisive game of 10 innings, 13-12. But even with Lasorda’s absence, it wasn’t a bad day for the Friendship Walk. More than 14,000 walkers have helped raise more than $ 1.8 million for local educational foundations and the Friendship Foundation, which provides peer group mentorship for children with special needs. The Walk is the nation’s largest fundraiser for children with special needs. Since the founding of walks in 2009, he has raised nearly $ 8 million.
Supporters traveled 3.2 miles from Manhattan Beach Pier to Hermosa Beach Pier and back. Back at the pier, they enjoyed a festival of entertainment with ccelebrities from main sponsor Nickelodeon, media sponsor NBC4 Southern California and Skechers. Celebrities included Brooke Burke-Charvet, legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and fitness icon Denise Austin. The Walk also featured many teenage celebrities including It’s us stars Logan Shroyer, Niles Fitch, Parker Bates and Mackenzie Hancsicsak. Performers included recording artist Asia Monet, NBC’s Small big shots‘Kieran Tamondong, America has talent duo Artyon and Paige, Nickelodeon star Ciara Wilson, and dance sensation Larsen Thompson. The national anthem was led by actress / singer Jada Facer. emergency
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