The Buddy Walk is the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati’s largest fundraiser! The walk itself is a one-mile stroll through Sawyer Point with entertainment along the way. There is a pre-party in Yeatman’s Cove before the walk, and an after-party immediately following the walk with food, drinks, bounce houses, crafts, and more! Over 360 teams register online and over 12,000 attend the Cincinnati Buddy Walk!
Designate a Team Captain. The Team Captain will then create the team online at www.BuddyWalkCincy.org. Once your team is created, team members can register and donate! If you’ve created a team in the past, you can simply login to your account at www.BuddyWalkCincy.org and renew your team. Be sure to customize your team page with pictures and text about why you are participating! Team members that register by August 10 are guaranteed a free Buddy Walk T-Shirt.
There is no registration fee to participate. However, we encourage teams to fundraise leading up to the event. You can simply share your team page through email or social media. You can ask your company or a company you frequent to sponsor the event. Any corporate sponsor dollars that you raise will be credited to your team. You can host a 3rd Party fundraiser, which can include anything from a restaurant give-back night to a mini-festival to a dinner party...the possibilities are endless! We truly appreciate your fundraising efforts, and we are here to help! Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need assistance.
As the largest DSAGC fundraising event of the year, the Buddy Walk provides about 50% of the resources needed for the DSAGC to fulfill its mission throughout the year. With your help, we can continue to provide support, resources, outreach, and programming to approximately 1,400 people with Down syndrome, their families and the community.
Anyone that registers for the Buddy Walk by August 10 is guaranteed a free Buddy Walk t-shirt. The week leading up to the walk, we hold “T-Shirt Week” at our office in Norwood, Ohio. Team Captains have the opportunity to pick up all of the shirts for their registered team members. It is the Team Captain’s responsibility to pick up the shirts and distribute them to each team member. T-Shirts will not be available for pick up at the Buddy Walk. We encourage Team Captains to email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know when they’ll be picking up, so we can have everything ready!
2019 T-Shirt Pick Up Dates: Saturday, August 31 & Monday, September 2 (9 AM - 2 PM)
Tuesday, September 3 & Wednesday, September 4 (10 AM - 6 PM)
Thursday, September 5 (10 AM - 7 PM)
The Buddy Walk is a special day for everyone! We will start festivities at 9 AM in Yeatman’s Cove. You’ll find a bounce house, music, vendors and some morning treats. At 10 AM, the Saint X drumline will kick off the Buddy Walk at the main stage on the Kroger Promenade.
It is your day, so walk your way! You can hop on the walk route wherever you’d like. Along the walk route, there will be loads of entertainment including music, dancing, cheer groups, and more! At 10:30 AM, the after-party kicks off and all participants are treated to complimentary food, drinks, crafts, bounce houses, music, a photo booth, and much more! Please note, the Buddy Walk takes place rain or shine.
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"We walk to celebrate Nate and all individuals with Down syndrome. The first year, we came out of curiosity. Now, we come as an annual tradition to see our community embrace the gifts and challenges of Down syndrome."
-Julie Palermo, mother of Nathan