Buddy Walk 2016

The 12th Annual Buddy Walk at the Beach was held in Seaside, Oregon on September 17th, 2016
Although it finally rained a bit (first real rain in 12 years) it did clear long enough for a Buddy Walk through downtown Seaside with over 125 people in attendance.

This year’s goals was to raise $15,000. That was achieved and surpassed with other various fundraising efforts, and the year is not even over yet! To date, we have raised $18,897.00. Wow!


With this, we can begin our Animal-assisted Learning program in the spring of 2017. YOU made this possible!

If you did not get to donate, it is never too late, you may DONATE HERE

Thank you to CrowdRise for being our amazing online donation support and partner! We are small and appreciate their fantastic customer service.

Life is better when we recognize each other’s gifts and value our diversity. We are planning a great celebration to raise awareness about Down Syndrome and all special needs.

This year our fundraising goal is $15,000. We plan to add $10,000 of this to our land acquisition/lease account. The remaining funds will help us launch our very first nature-based program for adults with special needs coming in 2017 and help us build our capacity. We need your help to make this vision a reality!

Click here “Join the Event” or “Donate“. This will take you to our Crowdrise fundraising site. You can simply register for the Buddy Walk. And we really hope you join us as a fundraiser. It’s fun, and it helps us reach more people who would like to support our vision.

Last year with your help, we reached supporters across the country and raised $38,000. Please help us reach our goal this year and join us on September 17, 2016 to celebrate and raise awareness about developmental disabilities.


Volunteer/Sponsor Contact
If you would like to volunteer, be an event sponsor or in-kind donor; please contact Kathy Jean Hrywnak at kathyjeaninoregon@hotmail.com


About Buddy Walk
Since 1995 when the first Buddy Walk® events took place, the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) has been promoting inclusion and acceptance of people with Down syndrome across the nation. The Buddy Walk promotes inclusion of friends of all abilities.

The Buddy Walk at the Beach is now in its 12th year on the North Coast. Like the other Buddy Walks across the nation, this event will be a fundraiser.

Over the years, millions of dollars have been raised through Buddy Walk events across the nation to support local and national programs for people with special needs. This year’s Buddy Walk at the Beach will raise money to help build Sammy’s Place capacity and fund its first nature-based skills and recreational programs for people with special needs.

The event will be a celebration of people of all abilities. It will be a time for the whole community to come together to honor our diversity of abilities and to recognize the richness our special needs friends and family bring to our community.

Entertainment, dancing and face painting, plus some surprises are in the works. The walk will be on September 17, 2016 at Quatat Park in Seaside, OR. Registration and a light breakfast will be available at 9:30am, and the walk through downtown Seaside to the Promenade will kick off at 11am.