The Friendship Circle, a nonprofit organization raising awareness for people with special needs, hosts free festival
In Clark County, Nevada, more than 27,000 children are born each year, with 13 to 15 percent of them classified as medically fragile. The Friendship Circle Las Vegas is hosting an event this coming weekend to help promote awareness and resources for individuals with special needs.
The Friendship Circle is holding its fifth annual Walk4Friendship fundraiser on Sunday, March 26 at the Las Vegas Sports Park. The event aims to encourage greater inclusivity and forge new friendships in Southern Nevada. Check-ins will be at 10 a.m., and the charity walk starts at 11 a.m. Registration is free and will close in the morning on Friday, March 24.
Why Walk4Friendship is a Great Family Event
The Friendship Circle Las Vegas, a nonprofit founded in 2016, strives to help people with special needs who may suffer from loneliness in addition to their disability.
Aside from the charity walk, Walk4Friendship will include: a free family-friendly carnival at noon, including a zip line, rock climbing wall, video game truck, trackless train, petting zoo, mechanical bull, air jumpers, and pony rides. Participants in the walk will receive a free t-shirt, as well as the opportunity to win prizes and enjoy special celebrity guest appearances. Hot dogs, sandwiches, and snacks will be available for guests who work up an appetite.
Both the walk and the carnival are open to the public and free to attend, though donations are welcomed. Las Vegans will have the opportunity to make new connections from shared experiences and activity participation, fostering a more inclusive and all-embracing community.
What is the Friendship Circle Las Vegas?
The Friendship Circle Las Vegas is a nonprofit that pairs physically and intellectually challenged teens, children, and young adults, who may suffer from loneliness, with teenagers and young adult volunteers.
In addition to Walk4Friendship, the nonprofit also runs close to 50 programs that provide a non-judgemental environment that nurtures relationships and helps build lifelong friendships for people with disabilities.
One of their programs, The Sunday Club, is a monthly two-hour event that includes group activities and one-on-one attention from their pals. Other regular programs hosted by The Friendship Circle include a young adult club, family events, educational teen workshops, friends at home, parent programs, and more.
Looking for More Corporate Sponsors
While bringing awareness and resources to locals with special needs, the event also aims to raise more funds to support its mission. Event organizers are interested in gaining more corporate sponsorships at various levels. Businesses that are participating in this event, some of which are Diamond level sponsors, are: Southwest Medical, Penn National Gaming, Inc., and Jewish Nevada; and Gold level sponsors are: Wynn Resorts, the Venetian Resort, Findlay Toyota, NV Energy Foundation, Intermountain Healthcare, JMAC Plumbing, and Smith’s Food and Drug Pharmacy.
What: Walk4Friendship is Las Vegas’ fifth annual fundraiser walk and community carnival.
When: Sunday, March 26; check-in at 10 a.m.; welcome ceremony and walk at 11 a.m., carnival at 12 p.m.
Where: Las Vegas Sports Park, 1400 N. Rampart Blvd.