Almost 2,000 people participated in the first Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk in 2009. Last October, 7,966 people participated in the annual walk. The Strand between the Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach piers was so jammed, concerns were raised about where to hold the walk if it continues to grow in coming years.
Greenberg presented checks from the 2012 walk to the Friendship Circle and six SouthBay education foundations Tuesday evening during a party at Skechers’ Manhattan Beach headquarters.
“These checks aren’t from Skechers. They are from the walkers and corporations who supported the walk,” he stressed prior the presentations.
The Friendship Circle was founded in 2005 when Rabbi Yossi Mintz of the Jewish Community Center asked friends Wendy and Michael Greenberg to help him found a program for special needs kids. Mintz’s idea was modeled on a Friendship Circle founded by a rabbi in Detroit in 1994. The idea has since spread to 79 communities, worldwide..
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