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Skechers Presents Checks from 2017 P2P Walk

Mar 02, 2018 09:08AM ● By Jeanne Fratello

A check from the 2017 Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk is presented to the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation

Following the successful 2017 Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, which raised $1.8 million dollars for local schools and children with special needs, Skechers distributed checks to all of the beneficiaries at a special ceremony on Thursday night at Shade Hotel.

The Manhattan Beach Education Foundation (MBEF), one of five local education foundations participating in the event, received $140,000. Since the walk started in 2009, MBEF has received a total of $825,000 from the P2P Friendship Walk.

"We live in a jewel of a place, and we get to do so many great things for others," said Skechers president Michael Greenberg before presenting the checks.

Other education foundations receiving checks were Redondo Beach ($200,000), Palos Verdes ($240,000), Torrance ($185,000), El Segundo ($105,000), and Hermosa Beach ($146,000).

The Friendship Foundation (formerly the Friendship Circle), which provides programs and friendship opportunities for children with special needs, co-produces the walk and is the other primary beneficiary.

"The message is, 'No kid is alone. No child is lonely," said Friendship Foundation founder Rabbi Yossi Mintz. "We try to reach out to every child so that every child has a friend."

Also on hand at the ceremony was Sugar Ray Leonard, who announced the continuation of the Skechers Foundation Scholarship Program with an additional $100,000 for the year. The program awards scholarships to high school students with financial need who show excellence in achievement, athletics, leadership, and academics.

The next Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk is set for October 28, 2018. For its tenth year, Greenberg said that the goal is to raise $2 million, bringing the total raised over ten years to $10 million.

The fundraising walk begins at the Manhattan Beach Pier, continues to the Hermosa Beach Pier, and returns. Walkers collect pledges and designate their chosen foundation for the beneficiary. It is the largest fundraising event of its kind.

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