Join us for the 20th Annual Buddy Walk® on October 8, 2017
It is our biggest event of the year. Every fall a few thousand of our families, friends, community and corporate partners gather to celebrate and offer support to our community. We are working hard to make sure this year's Buddy Walk® is the best yet. It kicks-off on October 8th at our new location at the International Plaza at the Georgia World Congress Center. Find out everything you need to know about this year's Buddy Walk!
Atlanta's 20th Annual Buddy Walk®
October 8, 2017, 1-5 p.m. at Georgia International Plaza at the Georgia World Congress Center
- Family Registration is $55
- Individual registration is $20
- Set up a team for $20 per participant
What is Buddy Walk?
The Buddy Walk® is a festival style event filled with fun activities for all ages and the happiest 1/4 mile walk you have ever taken. Whether you have Down syndrome, adore someone who does or just wants to show your support, come and join the 2017 Atlanta Buddy Walk®!
Each year thousands of people from member families and friends, local businesses, and service organizations build teams to raise money to support the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta through Buddy Walk.
Teams are recognized for meeting various milestones at the walk. Our teams go all out creating banners, buttons, costumes and more to show their support for a loved one with Down syndrome and help change perceptions and build bridges of acceptance and opportunity.
What does the event include?
Registration includes snacks and beverages, an official Buddy Walk t-shirt, and access to all the games and activities.Our participants bring blankets and lawn chairs to set up a landing spot for the day. Pop-up tents are allowed but not the kind that put stakes in the ground.
We will have activities for all ages including a dance area, music, game trucks and kids area, a toddler area, games, bounce houses, a Firetruck and police car to explore, special visitors such as Super Heroes and Storm Troopers, and a resource fair.
Sean McElwee from A&E's Emmy award-winning show Born This Way will hang with our Buddy Walkers and share some good fun. The team who raises the most money to support the DSAA will get the opportunity to share dinner with Sean and his mom that evening. Many thanks to our DADS group members, Tanner, Ballew & Maloof and Early Bird's ABA for sponsoring this opportunity!
We will cap off the afternoon with a spirited walk, more like a parade, around the perimeter of the plaza among Atlanta landmarks
Philips Arena, the Georgia World Congress Center, the Georgia Dome (before it gets imploded) and Mercedes Benz Stadium. Anyone can participate in this celebratory parade, walking, dancing, strolling or riding in style in a wagon and our young walkers get a special medal.
Papa John's, Nathan's Hot Dogs, and Kona Ice will be available for purchase. Participants get a ticket for one free Kona Ice per registrant.
Parking is available at the Red deck located immediately beneath the plaza for $15. There are three points of elevator access entry to the lawn from the parking deck.
Restrooms will be available via portable toilets in the park and immediately inside the GWCC located just steps away from the lawn.
How Does Buddy Walk Support the DSAA?
Funds raised from Buddy Walk fund a number of DSAA programs including assistance to new parents, educational seminars, social events, monthly community-based groups for moms and dads, scholarships for camps and conferences, and educational materials and resources. Last year, DSAA welcomed 168 new members, hosted 18 events, and delivered more than 300 new parent packets to area hospitals, physicians, and families.
This is the Down Syndrome Association's largest source of funds and will affect programming we can offer in 2018.
This year's Buddy Walk chairs are Norma Prescott and Meagan Nash and they are excited to bring new ideas and Surprises.
Thank you for your support!