The Pittsburgh Buddy Walk is our community's annual "Family Reunion" and we are excited to celebrate in-person at Schenley Plaza (4100 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260) on Sunday, October 24, 2021 from 11am-3pm! As our largest fundraiser of the year, the Pittsburgh Buddy Walk provides about 75% of the needed resources for the Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh to fulfill its mission. Each and every day we strive to enrich the lives of individuals with Down syndrome and to support their families with our ongoing programming and free resources. As the founding group who started the Down Syndrome Center of Western PA to provide specialized medical care for individuals of all ages with Down syndrome, we continue to financially support the Center with funds raised from this event. In 2019, we raised $214,000 and in 2020, we raised $143,000. In 2021, we want to raise $200,000! There is no better way to celebrate people with Down syndrome than taking part in our 27th Annual Pittsburgh Buddy Walk!
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Do you want to help plan the Buddy Walk?
Indeed! Complete this form collecting areas of interest and we will be in touch with the next planning meeting session.
I'm not sure what I need to do first. I definitely want to have a team and attend. Can you help?
Of course! We have created a step-by-step guide with pictures for your reference. To view this guide, click here.
How do I find my team to donate to or to have registrations assigned?
Good news! You choose how you'd like to support and once you are at your cart, enter your contact information and scroll down. You will see the "Select Fundraiser" drop down box. It will be in alphabetical order by the Team Captain's first name. For example: Meredith Peterson (Team Macee).
Can I create a team and fundraise without coming to the Buddy Walk Event?
Absolutely! You can create your team, share the link with friends, and will still included in the team incentives. You can also "walk your way" and have your own fundraiser/neighborhood event. To purchase an event t-shirt, visit our Buddy Walk Store. Reach out to us at email@example.com with questions.
If I bring in a sponsor, can the total be credited to my team?
Yes. If the sponsor is mailing in their form and check, ask them to indicate your teams name on the check. Once received, we will manually enter the sponsorship to your team page. If ordering their sponsorship online, instruct them to choose your team name at check out and the sponsorship will immediately be in your team's total.
How do I see if my employer will match my personal donation?
Super easy! We have a tool that you can enter your employer's name into and follow the instructions.
Can I send a check in for a donation?
Yes. When you mail in a check, please include the name of the team the donation is for and send to: DSA of Pittsburgh, 2211 Lesnett Road, Unit 12864, Pittsburgh, PA 15241. Once received, we will manually enter the donation on your team page.
Can I donate raffle baskets?
Of course! Raffle baskets are always a favorite at the Buddy Walk and we are looking for themed baskets with a minimum value of $50, with $100+ preferred. To make arrangements for your raffle baskets, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where should I park for the Buddy Walk Event?
Good news! Since the Buddy Walk is on a Sunday, all metered parking is FREE! Also to assist, we have included a map here for your reference. The giant yellow star is Schenley Plaza and the parking garage that is circled in yellow is what we are recommending. There are other options to choose from and the Oakland Transportation Management Association and Pittsburgh Parking Authority maintain a complete list of parking opportunities in Oakland.
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