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  COME WALK WITH US...

at the DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY OF WICHITA
 12TH ANNUAL BUDDY WALK ®
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 11am to 2pm

  Cessna Stadium - Wichita State University   1845 Fairmount Street, Wichita, KS 67260


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  The Buddy Walk is a one-mile leisurely walk followed by lunch and fun activities! Over the past twelve years, the event has included moonbounces, clowns, music, dancing, games, face painting, basket drawings, photo booth, a mobile game den, and much more! The purpose of the Buddy Walk is to help promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. It is an inspirational and educational event that celebrates the many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome.

Last year's Buddy Walk was a huge success! We had over 2,200 walkers and raised nearly $60,000! This fun family event would not be possible without our participants, donors, sponsors, and the dedication of our Buddy Walk Committee. We are looking forward to a great day of celebration!

 

BUDDY WALK REGISTRATION FEES:

Register through September 13: $10.00 (includes a free Buddy Walk t-shirt)Register on September 14 and after: $10.00 (does not include a free t-shirt)Register at the Buddy Walk: $10.00 (does not include a free t-shirt)

Children ages 3 and under do not need a registration unless you would like to order him/her a t-shirt (if prior to the September 13 deadline).

NEW THIS YEAR! Your loved one with Down syndrome is free!

Be sure to select the appropriate box when registering him/her.

 

BUDDY WALK T-SHIRT PICK-UP DATES:

Saturday, October 3 -- 2pm to 5pm
Sunday, October 4 -- noon to 3pm
Tuesday, October 6 - noon to 7pm

WHERE: DSSW Office, 9415 E. Harry Street, Suite 706, in Wichita

Teams can submit cash/check donations at any of the t-shirt pickup days.

 

DEADLINE FOR TEAM CAPTAIN PRIZES:

Tuesday, October 6 is the deadline for teams to submit money to qualify for fundraising prizes and the deadline for team registrations to qualify for "Most Walkers" prize. Please see the Team Captain Packet for a list of prizes and other important and helpful information for team captains. 

(Online donations/registrations count up to 11:59pm on October 6, 2015.)

 

BUDDY WALK SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

10:00 a.m. -- Onsite Registration For Those Not Pre-registered Online

11:00 a.m. -- Welcoming Announcements

11:15 a.m. -- Buddy Walk Kick-off

12:00 p.m. -- Lunch Is Served And The Festivities Begin

  1:30 p.m. -- Lucky Winners Of Basket Drawings Announced

  2:00 p.m. -- Festivities End and Clean-up Begins

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

NO PETS: We love our four legged friends but we ask that you leave them at home on Saturday, October 10 for the Buddy Walk.  We have many young children that may be prone to poking, prodding, or otherwise harassing your fury friend as well as those folks that need assistance walking.  We would hate for there to be an incident outside your control that harms anyone or any animal.  Thank you!

 

SOME VERY EXCITING NEWS...

We have a new Kansas-themed logo for our Buddy Walk t-shirt! Register by September 13 if you want one of these awesome shirts!

 

SEND US YOUR PHOTOS!

Each year we place photos of all participants with Down syndrome along the one-mile walking path of the Buddy Walk. So, once again we are asking that you send us your favorite photo of your loved one.

The deadline is Sunday, September 13.

If you are interested, please choose one of the following options:

1) Mail ONE 8x10 photo of your child to:

DSSW BW Photos, 9415 E. Harry Street, Suite 706, Wichita, KS 67207

2) Email a photo to Dana Gorges-Kivett at dmgorges@sbcglobal.net  

Include your child's name, age, city, and state with your photo!

We ask that you please do not take the SIGN/STAKES the day of the walk as we reuse these each year. Thank you in advance for your support! (Please note: photos will not be returned.)

SPECIAL MEMORIAL SECTION - A special note for our families who have lost a loved one with Down syndrome: Each year, along our walkway path, we also have a special section to honor and remember those who are no longer with us. If you would like to have a sign honoring your loved one in our special memorial section, please send your request (photo, special notes, dates, etc.) to the above address or email.

AND....NEW THIS YEAR - MEMORIAL RIBBONS: Also, for our families who have lost a loved one with Down syndrome, we will be making special memorial ribbons with your loved one's picture on them that can be worn by your team at the walk. We will be able to provide up to 10 ribbons per team. If you would like ribbons made for your family/friends, please include the number you would like, along with your loved one's picture that is submitted for the walkway path. You can send this information to Dana Gorges-Kivett at the above email address.

We look forward to having you join us on this very special day!

Counting Down...

 days hours mintues,
 seconds until the BIG DAY!

Event Goal For 2015

Goal
$65,000

Raised
$70,760

116 Teams

2368 Walkers

 

TEAM CAPTAIN CONTEST WINNER!

A big congrats goes out to Kristin Robertson of Shealyn's Shining Stars! She raised over $500 in donations between 8/31-9/13 and her name was picked in a drawing to win $100 cash!!

 

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!

If you would like to volunteer at the Buddy Walk, please contact Mary McComas at m84mccomas@gmail.com .

 

REGISTRATION FORM

Print this form for family and friends who would like to register and/or donate, but do not have internet access:

Registration Form - English

Registration Form - Spanish

PLEDGE FORM

Print this form to log and collect your donations from family and friends for your BW team:

Pledge Form - English

Pledge Form - Spanish

THANK YOU TO OUR PLATINUM SPONSORS:

Down Syndrome Society of Wichita

Quincy's Bar & Grill

Rand Graphics

     

THANK YOU TO OUR SILVER SPONSORS:

DJA Financial Aid Services, Inc.

Learjet Employees Care Fund

Personnel Services, Inc.

Pig In! Pig Out! BBQ

Tavtech Inc.

Trinity Trucking


THANK YOU TO OUR BRONZE SPONSORS:

Applebee's

Beran Concrete

Black Hills Energy Kansas

Bouncing Kiddos

Casey's General Store

Chick-Fil-A

Dillon's

Fuqua Construction

Install Connection

Kathy Richards, State Farm

McAlister's Deli

Milkhouse Studio

Mobile Game Den

Pepsi

Rockin' D Mobile DJ & Karaoke

   Star Lumber

Sunflower Photo Booth Company

Texas Roadhouse

The Insurance Guys

. . . AND THANK YOU TO THESE GENEROUS DONORS:

  Frito Lay, Ice Masters, Lamar's Donuts, Leeker's Family Foods, McDonald's, QuikTrip,

Smithfield-Farmland Foods, Sonic, Wichita Marriott and the Wichita Wagonmasters

THANK YOU TO OUR MEDIA SPONSORS!

           

The Buddy Walk® was created by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to over 250 walks expected for 2015 worldwide. In 2014, nearly $13 million was raised nationwide to benefit local programs and services, as well as the national advocacy initiatives of NDSS that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.