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!

For media inquiries, please contact Melanie Barnett at [email protected].

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