SKECHERS Foundation Raises $1.4 Million and Donates Record-Breaking Funds to Children with Special Needs and Education

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The SKECHERS Foundation celebrated its seventh annual SKECHERS
Pier to Pier Friendship Walk
with a check presentation ceremony on
Thursday, March 10 at the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, California.
The Foundation presented its largest donation totals in the history of
the walk: $434,000 for The Friendship Foundation – a non-profit
organization that assists children with special needs and their families
– and $932,000 dedicated to six education foundations. In addition, the
SKECHERS Foundation distributed $25,000 in scholarship funds to several
deserving high school students. The scholars were recognized for their
outstanding capabilities, their capacity to lead and serve, and their
commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and

“Each year we set a goal for our annual Walk,” said SKECHERS president
Michael Greenberg. “And this year we set our highest goal yet $1.2
million. When we surpassed our goal and reached a record high of $1.4
million, I was ecstatic with the success and knowing that we could have
an even greater impact this year on children with special needs and
public education. Our corporate sponsors, celebrity ambassadors,
community leaders and dedicated walkers make this all possible. Their
support helps to create a better future for our children, and their
spirit of giving continues to grow and meet their needs.”

The Friendship Foundation (
unites children with special needs and teen volunteers through
one-on-one peer mentoring and social recreational activities, creating
emotional bonds that improve the lives of kids and their families. “The
generous donations from the SKECHERS Foundation have funded the growth
of our organization,” said Yossi Mintz, Executive Director of Friendship
Foundation. “We have programs running six days a week, including 28
school clubs in ten school districts. This past year we accumulated over
11,000 volunteer hours and have 56 unique programs including Camp Got
Friends – a two-week summer day camp that serves 110 children with
special needs. The continued support from SKECHERS over the past seven
years has been instrumental to our success.”

In addition to supporting the Friendship Foundation, the Walk provides
funding for public education. “The SKECHERS
Friendship Walk
helps support positions and programs that are
essential to a high quality education,” said Carolyn Niman, Executive
Director of the Peninsula Education Foundation. “We can hire more
counselors and teachers, and now receive crucial funds for elementary
PE, music and library staff, as well as our award-winning STEM program
which incorporates hands-on projects in order to help kids learn
engineering concepts.”

Pier to Pier Friendship Walk
has become California’s largest charity
event supporting children with special needs and education. Since its
inception in 2009, the Walk has united over 54,000 participants and
raised over $5.5 million to support The Friendship Foundation and
education foundations committed to saving teachers’ jobs, retaining
vital academic programs, maintaining smaller class sizes, improving
libraries and upgrading school technology. In 2015 alone, more than
13,000 attended the Walk, along with numerous celebrities such as model
and entrepreneur Brooke Burke-Charvet, legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard
and fitness enthusiast Denise Austin.

In addition to headlining sponsor Nickelodeon, the SKECHERS
Pier to Pier Friendship Walk
thanks its sponsors that include: Wells
Fargo, Steel Sports, South Bay Vein and Laser Group, The Claudette and
Ethan Rickett Care Foundation, Ross,, Tour de Pier, DIRECTV,
Body Glove, Kids Foot Locker, United Legwear, JAKKS Pacific, Marshalls,
Cushman & Wakefield, Caskey & Caskey, Siltanen & Partners Advertising,
Continental Development, Northrop Grumman, Equinox, Mattel, Chevron, and
many others who have given funds and support to provide a better future
for children.


The SKECHERS Foundation was established to provide families around the
world with the necessities and skills to succeed in life. In addition to
organizing the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, the SKECHERS
Foundation funds tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that
provide education and job training, shoes, clothing, fitness and
nutrition guidance to communities in need.


SKECHERS USA, Inc., based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs,
develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men,
women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women.
SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States and over 160
countries and territories worldwide via department and specialty stores,
more than 1,340 SKECHERS retail stores, and the Company’s e-commerce
website. The Company manages its international business through a
network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia, and 13
wholly-owned subsidiaries in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Japan, Latin
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