What is the Buddy Walk?
The Buddy Walk is the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati’s largest fundraiser of the year! Historically, our walk 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!
As you know, 2020's Buddy Walk will look a bit different this year. While the DSAGC will not be able to host everyone at Sawyer Point this year, we are encouraging teams to celebrate safely and creatively in the places they live, work and play. We will be paying close attention to safety precautions being mandated by our local, state and federal officials and hope that teams will find new, fun ways to celebrate our loved ones with Down syndrome.
You may be new to the Buddy Walk or are in need of some refreshers on how to create your team, register or donate. Please know you can contact us at anytime with questions, or help needed! DSAGC Office number: 513.761.5400 or email [email protected] Don't forget, the Buddy Walk is a rain or shine event.
Do I have to register in order to walk in the Buddy Walk?
Yes, we want to know you've joined our celebration and require each walker to virtually sign a waiver of participation. Also, you must register to receive a shirt.
Is there a registration fee for the Cincinnati Buddy Walk?
No, there is no fee to sign up and participate in our annual event. We do encourage you to raise funds for the team you are a member of and to also personally support your team by making a donation.
Does every walker get a T-shirt?
Every registered participant will receive a FREE T-shirt if they are registered online by August 10th.
Do I need to register my children for the Walk?
Yes, if your children are participating in the walk, we need to have record of it for shirt distribution.
When do I get my T-shirt?
The week leading up to the Buddy Walk, the DSAGC will hold "T-Shirt Week" at our offices. It will give Team Captains the opportunity to pick up all of the shirts for their registered team members. It is the captains responsibility (or a designated person on the team) to get the shirts and distribute to each team member. Specific dates and times for pick up will be posted in mid August.
I'm trying to register and I'm having trouble logging in. What do I do?
You can reset your password by following the instructions. It may take at least 5 minutes to receive the email alert with reset information. Or you can call our offices and we will reset your password and get you started.
What time does the walk start?
The walk always started at 10:00 am, but we are encouraging teams to celebrate at a time that works best for them. We'll be sharing photos and messages on our social media channels throughout the day on Saturday, September 12th. We'll also be sharing a Buddy Walk "playlist" that teams can play during their own "walk" festivities...whether that's an actual walk, a car parade, or on your front lawn. Having a shared musical experience will give us all another way to stay connected on that Saturday.
How do I create a Team?
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.
What are some ways to fundraise?
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.
What does the money raised help support?
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. Click here for a snapshot of your donations at work.
HOW TO DONATE:
The fastest and easiest way to donate is ONLINE!
Simply click the DONATE button and follow the instructions. Enter the Team Name, Captain or person you would like to support!
CASH OR CHECK
Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati
Attn: BUDDY WALK 2020
4623 Wesley Avenue, Suite A
Cincinnati, OH 45212
In the memo portion of the check please reference the Team Name you would like to credit with your gift.Once we receive the check, we will add the donation to the appropriate team.
You can fax, email or hard copy mail credit card authorization forms. Click here for form.
If you are also fundraising, you can share this document with your donors as well.
Fax to: 513-761-5401
Email: [email protected]
Hard copy mail: See address above.