Over 2000 Attend 2017 Best Buddies Friendship Walk in Indianapolis
The Best Buddies Friendship Walk: Indianapolis took place on Sunday, April 23 at White River State Park, with more than 2000 people in attendance. It was a day filled with the energy of friendship! Participants were greeted by David Quilleon, Senior VP of Global Mission, State Development, and Operations for Best Buddies International, who energetically emceed the event, recognizing participants, teams and award winners throughout the morning. Family friendly activities included a timed 5K run on the Indianapolis canal-walk, a 2-mile fitness walk along the river, DJ, music and dancing, bounce houses, face painting, balloon & caricature artists, food trucks and Canine Companions for Independence.
Best Buddies Jobs participant Matt Burns was recognized as the Top Individual Walk Fundraiser for Indianapolis, raising over $12,000 from hundreds of individual donors. Matt’s team – Team Cash Money, captained by Evan Parker – was recognized as the top community fundraising team, and the top fundraising Chapter Team was Hamilton Southeastern High School, who proudly cut the ribbon for the Walk and carried the banner.
Since 2009, more than 55,000 Friendship Walk participants have walked in more than 26 states and 3 countries, raising more than $5 million for Best Buddies. Proceeds from the Best Buddies Friendship Walk provide the primary support for programs throughout Indiana that provide one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development opportunities for more than 5700 people in schools, colleges, corporations, and communities.
This year’s Best Buddies Friendship Walk: Indianapolis Sponsors:
Capital Group, NextGear Capital, and the Indianapolis Indians
IPMG, Tri-Kappa, Marsh, Indiana Oxygen, Lamar, Financial Center Credit Union, and DOZ Charitable Foundation
The Patton Family, MHS, Goodman Campbell, Anthem, Keller Macaluso, and Coaster Stone