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  COME WALK WITH US...

at the DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY OF WICHITA
 13TH ANNUAL BUDDY WALK ®
Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 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 leisure walk followed by lunch and fun activities! Over the past 12 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 2,500 walkers and raised over $87,000! 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 14:

$15 for adult

$10 for children 4-12 and under (includes a free Buddy Walk®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 14 deadline).

Your loved one with Down syndrome is free!

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

 

SOME VERY EXCITING NEWS...

We have a new t-shirt logo for our Buddy Walk®! Register by September 14 if you want one of these awesome shirts!

 

BUDDY WALK®T-SHIRT PICK-UP DATES:

Saturday, October 1 --noon-5pm

Sunday, October 2 -- 2pm to 5pm

Monday, October 3 -- 10am to 3pm

Tuesday, October 4 --10am to 3pm

WHERE: DSSW Office, 9415 E. Harry Street, Suite 405, in Wichita

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

*Teams will be able to sign up to get their team picture taken at a specific time when they pick up their t-shirts.

 

BUDDY WALK®SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

10 a.m. -- Onsite registration for those not pre-registered online

11 a.m. -- Welcome and announcements

11:15 a.m. -- Buddy Walk®Kick-off

12 p.m. -- Lunch Is served and festivities begin

1:30 p.m. -- Lucky winners of basket drawings announced

2 p.m. -- Festivities end and clean-up begins

 

DEADLINE FOR TEAM CAPTAIN PRIZES:

Tuesday, October 4 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 4, 2016.)

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

NO PETS: We love our four-legged friends but we ask that you leave them at home on Saturday, October 8 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!

 

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 11.

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 405, 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.

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!

WANT TO BE A BUDDY WALK® VOLUNTEER?

 

If you would like to volunteer at the Buddy Walk®,

please contact Beth at

volunteerbuddywalk@gmail.com or go to https://www.volunteerkansas.org/opportunities/

buddy_walk_2016.html

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Event Goal For 2016

Goal
$90,000

Raised
$87,511

119 Teams

2482 Walkers

 

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

Rand Graphics

  

THANK YOU TO OUR GOLD SPONSORS:

Quincy's Bar and Grill

THANK YOU TO OUR SILVER SPONSORS:

Cargill

Jimmy John's

Learjet Employee's Care Fund

Personnel Services, Inc

THANK YOU TO OUR BRONZE SPONSORS:

Applebee's

Black Hills Energy-KS

Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Casey's General Store

Chick-Fil-A - Derby

Chick-Fil-A- West Wichita

DJA Financial

Dold Foods

Fidelity Bank

Fuqua Construction

HealthCore Clinic Inc.

Install Connection

McAlister's Deli

Milkhouse Studios

Mobile Game Den

Pepsi

Pig in! Pig Out! BBQ 

Rockin' D Mobile DJ & Karaoke

Sunflower Photo Booth

Texas Roadhouse

. . . AND THANK YOU TO THESE GENEROUS DONORS:

  Asian Bistro, Beau Monde, Big Sky Party Rental, Carlos O'Kelly's, Dillon's, Fizz, Freddy's Frozen Custard, Frito Lay, Ice Masters, Kathy Richard's-State Farm, LaMar's Donuts, Leeker's Family Foods, Legacy Bank, Morgan's Landing, On the Border, Sonic, Starbucks, TGIFridays

THANK YOU TO OUR MEDIA SPONSORS!

        

The Buddy Walk® was developed 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 nearly 300 Walks planned for 2016 worldwide.  In 2015, nearly $14 million was raised nationwide to benefit local programs and services, as well as the national advocacy and public awareness initiatives of NDSS that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.