Friendship Foundation raises $24 million in 15 years

Thousands attended the Manhattan Beach Pier to Pier Friendship Walk

Over 10,000 people crowded the Manhattan Beach Pier and Strand area Sunday morning to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the area’s most powerful fund-raiser, the Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk. 

Chase Greenberg with his father Michael

At the event, which raises funds for youth with special needs, Michael Greenberg, the founder of the event and president of Skechers announced that some $24 million had been raised over the last 15 years, with $3 million in the last year. The Skechers Foundation raised the amount through the Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk. Friendship Foundation is a partner and a beneficiary of some of the funds.

The scene from the parking lot at Sunday’s Pier to Pier Friendship Walk

Rabbi Yossi Mintz of the Jewish Community Center, a co-founder of the Friendship Foundation, said the new Friendship Campus in Redondo Beach, which broke ground in 2022, would be open by year-end 2025. 

Walking the Strand

“It’s blossomed into something we never even imagined,” said Greenberg. “The first year we had 1,200 people,” and this year over 10K. 

Mira Costa cheer squad

“It’s my favorite Sunday of the year,” he added. “I wake up motivated and inspired. It’s very beautiful.”




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