14th Annual BUDDY WALK

September 18, 2015 No Comments

Ready…Set…Walk! It’s time to celebrate this fun filled day with family and friends and celebrate all individuals with Down Syndrome!  We will have activities the whole family can enjoy such as a petting zoo, moon bounces, fun games, entertainment, food, speakers, and much, much more!  Awards for the “Top Fundraising Team” and “Most Creative” will be announced shortly following the walk.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. will be hosting it’s 14th Annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, September 19, 2015 near the band shell at Baker Park, located near beautiful downtown Frederick, Maryland.

Check-in/Registration begins at 9:30 am.  Walk begins at 12:00 pm.  When you check-in/register, you will receive your tee shirt(s).  Wrap everything up around 2:00 pm.

The approx. one mile/one-block non-competitive walk begins and ends at the band shell in Baker Park.  Click here to see the walk.  Strollers, wheelchairs and wagons welcome.  Entertainment for all ages including moon bounces, petting zoo, carnival games, magic show, face painting, music and more.  Hot dogs, chips, popcorn, cotton candy and water will be provided for participants.  Additional food will be available for purchase.

Thank you to everyone that came out and participated in our Buddy Walk this year.  We had more than 900 participants and raised over $40,000 for Down Syndrome!!  That is awesome!

Click here to see the Frederick News Post article from Sun. Sept. 20, 2015 on the walk.


9:30am Registration begins
10:30am Welcome to F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Buddy Walk
Short update on F.R.I.E.N.D.S. efforts
Announcement of all activities for the day
Team Raffle Baskets / Silent Auctions
Wall of Possibilities
11:50am Mayor’s Proclamation of Buddy Walk Day
11:55am Moment of silence for all of our Forever Buddies
11:58am National Anthem
12:00pm The 14th Annual Buddy Walk
12:20pm Walkers returning to main field, food is ready to be served
1:30pm Recognition of Sponsors
Presentation of Scholarships
Announcement of Top Fund Raiser and Winner of Most Creative Team Tent
Announcement of Raffle Basket / Silent Auction WINNERS
2:00pm Walk ends


Back again this year, we will be able to accept MASTERCARD and VISA at registration!


Click here to download the 14th Annual Buddy Walk Brochure/Registration Form.

Click here to download the 14th Annual Buddy Walk Brochure/Reg. Form (page by page)

Click here to download the Buddy Walk Sponsorship Program.

Click here to download the Buddy Walk Sponsorship Program. (page by page)

Click here to download the FRIENDS Corporate Sponsorship Letter.

Click here to download the Buddy Walk 411 Information Sheets.

Click here for a letter size Buddy Walk poster – 8-1/2″ x 11″. 

Click here for a letter size Buddy Walk poster – 11″ x 17″.

Click here to download the single sheet Registration Agreement similar to the brochure.

Click here to download the Pledge Form (which can be copied as needed).

If you are having difficulty viewing the brochure, please click the link below to download the latest version of Adobe Reader.


Click logo or here to go to the registration page for the walk through CROWDRISE.



Click here for a layout of the grounds at Baker Park the day of the Buddy Walk.


Click here to see the path around the park that we will be walking.


Click here for map of parking garages.  The locations are:

The Court Street garage is located at 2 S. Court St. and is accessible from S. Court St. and Citizens Way.

The Church Street garage is located at 17 E. Church St. and is accessible from E. Church St. and off of the 100 block of N.Market St. behind the Brewery Pub and Restaurant.

The Carroll Creek Garage is located at 44 E. Patrick St. next to the C. Burr Arts Library and is accessible from the 1 st block of E. Patrick St. and off of the 1 st block of S. Market St.

The West Patrick Street garage is located at 138 W. Patrick St. next to the Fredrick County Courthouse on the west side, and is accessible from 2nd block of W. Patrick St. and the first block of S. Court St.

The East All Saints Street Garage and is located at 125 East All Saints Street on the corner of East All Saints and South Carroll Street.  (excerpt from www.cityoffrederick.com)


The Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Today, the Buddy Walk program is supported nationally by NDSS and organized at the local level by parent support groups, schools and other organizations and individuals.

The Buddy Walk is now in its eighteenth year.  What started in 1995 as 17 walks has grown to more than 250 walk across the country and around the world.  Last year alone, 285,000 people participated in a Buddy Walk and collectively they raised over $11 million to benefit local programs and services and NDSS national advocacy initiatives.

The Buddy Walk is a one-mile walk in which anyone can participate without special training. It is an inspirational and educational event that celebrates the many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome. Whether you have Down syndrome, know someone who does, or just want to show your support, come and join a Buddy Walk in your local community!

For more information on the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) Buddy Walk click here.


F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is a Down Syndrome Advocacy Group of parents re-formed in 1999 in Frederick County, Maryland to:

– Be a support and resource group for expectant parents, new parents and extended families of babies born with Down syndrome;

– Provide age-appropriate activities for our children and their friends;

– Advocate for community awareness and acceptance;

– Have monthly meetings with professional speakers experienced in issues relative to Down syndrome;

We meet monthly at the Middletown United Methodist Church at 6:30 PM to share the joys and challenges of parenting.

Please come out and join us!


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