Best Buddies Southwest Florida Friendship Walk


April 30, 2022 to April 30, 2022
08:30 AM untill


Best Buddies in Southwest Florida is proud to have nearly 300 (and counting) registered walkers who will be lacing up their shoes to #walkforchange, all working to surpass 2022’s fundraising goal of $80,000. The organization is excited to announce its annual Friendship Walk on April 30 at Miromar Outlets in Estero, FL, which will support local area programs that provide one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development and inclusive living. These programs can be found in all 50 states and will create promising opportunities for more than 350,000 people this year. Registration opens at 7:30am with Opening Ceremonies at 8:30am. The Walk commences at 9:00am at Miromar Outlets near the WINK Playland. Following the Walk, Best Buddies will provide for a day of fun, food and friendship until noon. Local celebrities expected to attend this year include: Estero Mayor Katy Errington as Grand Marshall, Corey Lazar from WINK News as emcee, and Morgan “Moose” Wright from NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior.” To register for the Walk, visit This year’s Friendship Walk sponsors include: Tamiami Ford, Victory Agency, ABLE United, Conditioned Air, Achieva Credit Union, Movement Mortgage, Woods Weidenmiller Michetti & Rudnick, Cross Country Mortgage, PDQ, KIA of Cape Coral, Moore Lending Group, STARability Foundation, Lee Health/Golisano Children’s Hospital, Applestitch, Fairlife and Parker Waichman LLP. ABOUT BEST BUDDIES INTERNATIONAL: Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to nearly 2,900 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies’ nine formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies® , Jobs, Ambassadors, Promoters and Inclusive Living— engage participants in each of the 50 states and in 56 countries, positively impacting the lives of nearly 700,000 people with and without disabilities around the world. In many cases, as a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships. For more information, please visit

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