Greene County News
DAYTON — The 14th Annual Miami Valley Down Syndrome Association (MVDSA) Dayton Buddy Walk will take place 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at Fifth Third Field.
More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the event, which is one of over 250 Walks across the country this fall to raise awareness and funds for programs that benefit people with Down syndrome and their families.
The National Buddy Walk Program welcomes participants of all ages and abilities. The goals of the program are to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to positively influence local and national policy and practice. Last year alone, Buddy Walk events raised nearly $13 million to benefit national advocacy initiatives, as well as local programs and services. All funds raised through the National Buddy Walk Program support both local and national programs.
The MVDSA Dayton Buddy Walk will feature exhibitors, activities, inflatables, a basket raffle, a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and more. Activities around the ballpark begin at 8:30 a.m. The Entertainment Fun Zone will be open with face painters and a photo booth. Dayton Dragons baseball team mascots Heater and Gem will roam the concourse and take pictures with those in attendance. Individuals with Down syndrome will receive a medal as they complete the walk. To learn more, visit www.DaytonBuddyWalk.org, or contact the MVDSA at [email protected] or call 937-222-0744.