South Bay Education Foundations receive over $500,000 from Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk.
Public school revenue this year is down because of enrollment declines, lost facility rentals, and declines in foundation contributions. But despite the pandemic, the Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk raised over $500,000 for South Bay Education Foundations last October.
Checks to the six foundations were presented during a socially distanced, outdoor ceremony at the Skechers downtown Manhattan Beach store on Tuesday.
Last October’s virtual walk raised over $1.8 million, bringing the walks total to over $15 million since its start in 2009. Proceeds benefit South Bay education foundations, the Friendship Foundation and Skechers Foundation academic scholarships.
Rabbi Yossi Mintz, a founder of the Friendship Foundation and of the Jewish Community Center Chabad of the South Bay, accepted a check for $528,193 at Tuesday’s ceremony. The money will go towards a $36 million Friendship Foundation center in North Redondo, scheduled for completion in 2022 The Friendship Foundation helps students with special needs integrate into the general society.
The amounts of the education foundation checks were based on the number of walkers who participated from the different school districts.
For more information visit SkechersFriendshipWalk.com, or FriendshipFoundation.com. ER
Photos by Will Hartman (DesertRosePhoto.com)
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