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5 things to know about the 2017 Walk4Friendship

The 11th annual Walk4Friendship is set for Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. Here are 5 things you need to know about this year’s can’t-miss Friendship Circle fundraiser:

1. THERE’S A NEW ROUTE
This year’s route is roughly 1.4 miles and will start at the West Bloomfield Township hall, 4550 Walnut Lake Road, and end at Friendship Circle’s Farber Center, 5586 Drake Road.

Registration and T-shirt pickup will begin at 10 a.m., and the opening ceremony will start at 11:30 a.m. The walk will kick off at 11:45. The festivities at the finish line will run from noon-3 p.m.

2. PLENTY OF PARKING
All parking will be at Temple Israel, 5725 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield. We strongly suggest you arrive at the Temple Israel parking lot by 10:30 a.m. to ensure you don’t miss the opening ceremony.

Wheelchair accessible parking: Wheelchair accessible parking will be in a designated area of the Temple Israel parking lot. Please let the parking attendant know that you need wheelchair accessible parking when you arrive. Wheelchair accessible shuttles will transport you to the opening ceremony and back to your car once the walk is over. Shuttles will leave every 30 minutes, at the top and bottom of every hour.

3. CONVENIENT SHUTTLES WILL BE AVAILABLE
To the opening ceremony: Shuttles will transport participants from Temple Israel to the township hall starting at 10 a.m. and will run regularly until the walk starts (approximately 11:45 a.m.).

To the Farber Center: Fifteen minutes after the walk begins, supporters who prefer not to walk can take a shuttle directly to the Farber Center, where they can cheer on family and friends!

NOTE: All those who do not require wheelchair accessible accommodations will need to walk back to the Temple Israel lot when the event concludes. There will be no shuttles for walkers. It’s a five-minute walk from the Farber Center.

4. THERE’LL BE UNFORGETTABLE ENTERTAINMENT
The Walk4Friendship promises plenty of fun for the entire family. Entertainment offerings include:

  • The SkyRiders! Trampoline Show featuring death-defying stunts by Guinness Book of World Records holder and three-time national trampoline champion Ken Kovach and his team.
  • The Real McCoy Show, an interactive, all-ages variety performance by Brent McCoy. The show combines Brent’s best circus stunts, lightning-quick wit and lots of audience involvement for a rollicking comic experience.
  • A 28-foot-high zipline that’s sure to give you the ride of your life!
  • A Segway obstacle course to test your skills.
  • The Fuse 45 Ski & Rowing Challenge, where the participant with the best record wins a prize.
  • Bounce houses and an inflatable sports arena featuring the most popular games.
  • Mini NASCAR and monster truck racing courses.
  • A craft workshop sponsored by Home Depot.

5. COME HUNGRY!
There will be festival flavors galore, including:

  • Fresh popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy from the famous Detroit Popcorn Co.
  • Hot dogs with choice of toppings, coleslaw, vegetarian chili and watermelon from Epic Kosher.

Don’t miss out! Register today!

Metro Detroit’s Walk 4 Friendship

The Friendship Circle’s annual WALK4FRIENDSHIP is expected to draw thousands of metro Detroiters to West Bloomfield today to raise money and awareness for children with special needs and their families. This year’s goal is to raise more than $600,000 that will go to programming and other support needs. But it’s much more than a walk, and includes entertainment, kids workshops, carnival rides, delicious foods and an art competition.

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Walk4Friendship

5 Things you Need to Know About Walk4Friendship 2016

This year marks our 11th annual Walk4Friendship. We have some exciting new changes this year and these are the things you need to know. Please take a minute to read the following carefully and share this information with your family and friends via email and Facebook.

1. New Location, Same amount of space!

This year, the walk will be starting in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center at 6600 W. Maple Road and ending at the Farber Center. While Some have expressed concerns that the Farber Center will not have adequate space to hold all walk participants. We can assure you that there will be plenty of room. Please check out the graphic below as it will show the space we will be using at this year’s walk.

2. New Time

Please note that there is a new starting time for the walk. To avoid the mid-day sun and hungry stomachs at the opening ceremony everything will start one hour earlier.

  • 10:30 AM: Registration for the walk begins.
  • 11:30 AM: Opening Ceremonies in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center.
  • 11:50 AM: Walk4Friendship Begins.
  • 12:00-3:00 PM: Post-Walk entertainment at the Farber Center.

3. New Walk Route

Due to the new location, there will be a new walk route. The new route will depart from the JCC parking lot (north east side) and head north on Drake road for a just shy of a one mile walk to the Farber Center. Due to the new location and for logistical reasons we will not be having a 5K walk route this year. We do hope to bring back the 5K option for future walks.

4. Parking Information

Parking is at the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital: 6777 West Maple Rd, between Halsted Rd and Drake Rd. Shuttles to the JCC will start at 10am. Be sure to arrive by 10:30am to be assured of an on-time arrival for the walk start (11:50am).

Returning to your cars from the Farber Center

Shuttles will run from the carnival to the parking area at the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital starting at 12:30pm and running about every 30 minutes until 3pm.

Wheelchair accessible parking

Wheelchair accessible parking will be at the JCC (Drake Parking Lot). Wheelchair accessible shuttles will transport you to the JCC and bring you back to your vehicle after the event.  Only vehicles that have registered for wheelchair accessible parking will be allowed to park at the JCC parking lot. Please visit the Walk4Friendship webpage for specific information on Wheelchair accessible parking.

5. More tents to keep out of the sun

We are preparing for warm weather so you don’t have to sweat out a 90-degree day! We are doubling the amount of tent space available and the Farber Center Banquet Hall will be open as well.

 

Have questions? Make sure to contact Walk4Friendship Support.

Need to register for Walk4Friendship? Make sure to register at www.walk4friendship.com/register

We have a whole new lineup of new activities for this year’s Walk4Friendship. Visit walk4friendship.com/Entertainment to check out all of the new activities.

Friendship Circle begins Walk4Friendship campaign

Friendship Circle is calling on all metro Detroit residents to join in the Walk4Friendship campaign by simply picking up the event yard sign at two local car wash locations. Supporters of the organization can visit one of two Super Car Wash locations — one in Farmington Hills and the other in Royal Oak — for the annual Friendship Drive-Thru on Aug. 21. Those who pick up a Walk4Friendship sign between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. will receive a free car wash. Coffee and lemonade will be handed out. The Farmington Hills location is at 30775 12 Mile Road, near Orchard Lake Road, and the Royal Oak location is at 31295 Woodward Ave., near 13 Mile Road.

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Walk4Friendship Highlights

Doing Amazing Things at Walk4Friendship 2014

For some people, Labor Day Weekend means enjoying a long lazy weekend, last minute traveling with the kids or perhaps getting ready for school. For the staff at Friendship Circle, Labor Day Weekend meant seeing families, friends and supporters of Friendship Circle coming together and partaking in the biggest event of the year: Walk4Friendship.

This year, close to 6,000 people joined together in order to walk and raise not only crucial funds for next year’s programs at Friendship Circle, but also to raise awareness for children with special needs.

The Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony was Hosted by legendary WXYZ anchor Diana Lewis and WWJ Newsradio 950 legal analyst Charlie Langton who got the crowd ready to walk. During our Opening Ceremony, we were honored to have Congressman Gary Peters, Richard Bernstein and West Bloomfield Township Supervisor Michelle Econmou Ureste encourage the crowd and thank them for their participation.

Walk4Friendship Opening Ceremony

The Walk

Teams and individuals were able to choose between two routes that were a varied length: A one mile family walk and a 5K walk. At the sound of the Shofar, which is blown in preparation for the Jewish New Year, walkers began their journey. The sea of purple made their way to the Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit cheered on by bystanders and people in their vehicles.

Walk4Friendship 2014, 2

The Entertainment

Arriving at the Jewish Community Center, walkers were met with a dizzying array of activities, food and entertainment. Friendship Circle’s very first truck pull brought together teams who tried to pull a 35,000 pound semi-truck the fastest. Champions Forever, recently featured on America’s Got Talent, surprised and amazed the walkers with their talent and skills with basketballs and unicycles–their overall message of everyone being a champion rang out throughout the crowd even after the show was over.

Walk4Friendship Collage

Kids ziplined back and forth, painted their own canvases from Paint and Pour, and had fun with these other carnival attractions:

  • Day at the Derby
  • Whirly Bird
  • Wipe Out
  • Face painting
  • Train Rides
  • Detroit Popcorn
  • Jerusalem Pizza
  • Make-Your-Own Slime (then take it home!)

Matching Grant Announced

At the walk an anonymous donor approached us and stated he was so moved and inspired by the Walk4Friendship and what it does to help Friendship Circle that he would like to get further involved. Realizing that reaching our goal of $600,000 is vital to sustaining our programs and developing new ones he has decided to match all donations up to $25,000! If you have not yet made a donation to Walk4Friendship please consider making a donation here.

In Pictures

Check out all of the amazing pictures below or check out what people have been sharing on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

Thank You!

We would like to thank both walk participants and donors for contributing their time, energy and money to our 2014 Walk4Friendship, and look forward to seeing everyone next year!

Thank you to our amazing fundraisers including top fundraisers Claire Kahn, Debbie Pearlman, Jen Lovy, Josh and Jody Jacobs, Naomi Glickfeld, and Melanie Maas and our platinum corporate sponsors: Grand Steel Products, Inc., Detroit Popcorn Company, MJS Packaging, Image One, and Fringe Salon.

Remember, together we can do amazing things!

Walk4Friendship in Oakland Press

On August 26, 2014, Friendship Circle’s Walk4Friendship was featured in the Oakland Press news.


WALK4FRIENDSHIP annual walk to raise money for children with special needs in West Bloomfield

The annual WALK4FRIENDSHIP walk will be happening this weekend in West Bloomfield — raising money for special needs children.

The walk will happen on Aug. 31, with festivities beginning around 12:30 p.m. with opening ceremonies, which take place at Friendship Circle. The goal of the event is to raise $600,000.

Former News Anchor Diana Lewis will again Emcee and lead this years event. Charlie Langton of WWJ Newsradio 950 will also host…

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Walk4Friendship on C & G News

On August 20, 2014, Friendship Circle’s Walk4Friendship was featured on C & G News.


 Friendship Circle walks for funds and awareness

WEST BLOOMFIELD — People of all ages are invited to put one foot forward and participate in a 5k and walk to raise money and awareness for the Friendship Circle.

The ninth annual Walk4Friendship will take place 12:30-4 p.m. Aug. 31, with registration starting at 11:30 a.m. Friendship Circle announced in a press release that former news anchor Diana Lewis will again emcee and lead this year’s event, and Charlie Langton of WWJ Newsradio 950 will also host. Following the walk and 5k, attendees can sample food and participate in events, including an inflatable zipline, a make-your-own-slime project, and Kidz Crafts by Home Depot. Admission for the Walk4Friendship is free, but donations are welcome…

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Walk4Friendship 2012 Recap

Walk4Friendship RecapOn September 2nd over 5,000 people from across metro Detroit came together to raise awareness for Friendship Circle and children with special needs.

Walk4Friendship is an annual 5k walk that raises crucial funds and community awareness for Friendship Circle. Walk4Friendship begins with an inspirational opening ceremony followed by a 5k walk (or 1 mile family walk).

Upon reaching the finish line, walkers enjoy a post-walk celebration with entertainment, activities, food and much more. Check out all of the highlights of Walk4Friendship 2012 below.



Walk raises funds for programs that help special needs people learn life lessons

 

Did We Take Your Picture at Walk4Friendship?

 

Annual walk in Bloomfield Hills helps children with special needs

 

Spotlight on health

 

Walk4Friendship on 96.3 WDVD

My Dear Friend,

I am still in awe as I reflect back on Walk4Friendship 2012, a momentous day for Friendship Circle. Never before has our community felt so united and strong- I cannot thank you enough for your support both in person and in spirit.

On the fundraising front, we are only $20,000 dollars away from surpassing last year’s fundraising total of $500,000. So long as donations continue to flow in through the end of the month, I am confident we will not only reach, but exceed our goal.

Again, thank you for making Walk4Friendship 2012 a remarkable success. On behalf of the staff, families, volunteers and supporters of the Friendship Circle, I wish you a happy, sweet and healthy new year.

Rabbi Levi Shemtov

Eat, Drink, and sign up for Walk4Friendship!

Walk4FriendshipAt Friendship Circle work has already begun on the Eighth annual Walk4Friendship!

An awesome event is being planned and this year we expect it to be better than ever. This year we hope to have more participants and raise more money than ever before!

But…

We need your help! We need you to help us recruit walkers, donors, fundraisers, entertainment and your uncles cat.

So…

We have put in place 11 Walk4Friendship Signup Parties complete with Food, Drink and computers.
Hang out, fill your stomach and sign up for Walk4Friendship 2012…

You Wont Regret It…

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