The Buddy Walk is a day of family friendly fun, celebration the abilities and accomplishments of Mainers with Down syndrome. It is also the largest fundraiser for the Maine Down Syndrome Network. With the funds raised, we are able to provide information packets to families receiving a new diagnosis, social activities, conferences, workshops and future Buddy Walks! Everything we do is funded by this amazing event, which also happens to be an incredible amount of fun!
This year we’ll celebrate with TWO Buddy Walks. The first will be held on Sunday, September 25 at Payson Park in Portland, our 16th year in this location! Festivities, along with check-in, will begin at 11:30. We’ll have announcements and awards at 12:30 and we’ll step off the walk at 1pm. Lunch and more family entertainment follow the walk, ending around 4pm.
Our 7th Annual Augusta Buddy Walk will take place at Capitol Park, on Sunday, October 2. We’ll keep the same schedule, with festivities and check-in beginning at 11:30. We’ll have announcements and awards at 12:30 and we’ll step off the walk at 1pm. Lunch and more family entertainment follow the walk, ending around 4pm.
Registration fees are $15 for an adult (18 and over), $5 for children (1-17) and free for our honored guests, Mainers with Down syndrome. The fee includes a t-shirt (when pre-registered by 9/1), lunch, games, entertainment and a great day of fun! Don’t forget to bring a little extra for our fun awareness items, fabulous raffles and pre-walk snacks.
Please form or join a team! Come up with a great name, encouage your family and friends to join with you, and fundraise! A team is any 2 or more people who have registered for the walk and raised more than $250.
We’re excited to offer our teams new incentives this year! Please note Incentives will be awarded based on your team totals on September 1, 2016.
$250 – Six (6) MDSN waterbottles
$500 – Eight (8) MDSN waterbottles and Team t-shirts (colored shirt with your team name across shoulders) for all members registered by 9/1.
$750 – Ten (10) MDSN waterbottles, Ten (10) MDSN string backpacks and Team t-shirts (colored shirt with your team name across shoulders)for all members registered by 9/1.
$1000 – Twelve (12) MDSN waterbottles, Twelve (12) MDSN string backpacks, Team t-shirts (colored shirt with your team name across shoulders)for all members registered by 9/1 and Awareness banner with your buddy’s picture.
And, as in the past, we will also award team prizes at each site on the day of the walk. Our most coveted top prize will be awarded to the top fundraising team overall, but we’ll also award prizes for the top fundraising team at each site, the team with the most spirit, the biggest team, and the team from furthest away!
*The top team prize will be determined at 12am September 24, 2016, and will be based on team donation totals on Firstgiving. If offline donation amounts are included in these totals, they must be received and verifyed at check-in on walk day. MDSN reserves the right to pick an alternate winner if it becomes necessary.