2018 Best Buddies Friendship Walk: Indianapolis
The Best Buddies Friendship Walk: Indianapolis took place on Sunday, April 22 at White River State Park, with more than 2000 people in attendance. It was a day filled with the energy of friendship and crushing our goal for inclusion! 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 a 2-mile fitness walk along the river, DJ, music, and dancing, bounce houses, face painting, balloon & caricature artists, a free lunch provided by Texas Road House, water provided by Aqua Systems and Canine Companions for Independence.
Best Buddies Jobs participant Matt Burns was recognized as the Top Individual Walk Fundraiser for Indianapolis, raising over $10,000 from hundreds of individual donors. Matt’s team – Team Cash Money, captained by event chair Evan Parker – was recognized as the top community fundraising team, and the top fundraising Chapter Team was Hamilton Southeastern High School, who proudly lead all 2,000 walkers to the starting line.
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 and Lamar Advertising
Indy Pop Con, MHS, and the Indianapolis Indians
Aqua Systems, Goodman Campbell, Keller Macaluso, Anthem, Merchants Bank of Indiana, Manheim Indianapolis, IPMG, The Mower Shop, White River State Park, Tri-Kappa, Optique Vision Center, Duke Realty, Ice Miller, Indiana Oxygen, and NextGear Capital
Hylant and OPG