The Northwest Iowa Down Syndrome Society announced its sixth annual Buddy Walk which will take place at historic Arnolds Park Amusement Park and Lake Okoboji.
Registration and silent auction begin at 1 p.m. in the Roof Garden with the Buddy Walk starting at 1:30 p.m., and walking along the Lakes Okoboji bike trail. The silent auction will conclude at 4:30 p.m.
An ice cream social will follow the walk at the Nutty Bar Stand/Ice Cream Shoppe, just across from the Roof Garden.
Arnolds Park will be open from 2-5 p.m. to offer children's rides, and a special excursion on the Queen II on Lake Okoboji at 3 p.m.
Individual registration is $12 per person and family registration is $35. Team registration for teams up to 10 people is $60. All registration fees include a Buddy Walk t-shirt.
"The inaugural Buddy Walk for our organization was held in Spencer in October 2006, then in 2007 we moved it to Storm Lake, traveled to Algona in 2008 and Fort Dodge in 2009, before returning to Spencer in 2010, and now for our sixth year, we are bringing our walk to Lake Okoboji and the Iowa Great Lakes region. In our endeavor to reach as many family, friends, co-workers, teachers, medical care providers, and others associated with those touched by Down Syndrome, we rotate the event around northwest Iowa to different communities to give each community a chance to learn about our organization. We are also increasing awareness of Down Syndrome in those communities we visit each year and spreading the message that our children and adults with Down Syndrome are more like us than different ...," Scott Hallgren, president of the Northwest Iowa Down Syndrome Society, said.
The Buddy Walk serves is the largest fundraising event for the NWIDSS, and proceeds from the walk are used to promote education and advocacy for those with Down Syndrome throughout northwest Iowa.
One of the main projects and goals has been the scholarship program to allow area families to attend the national convention held each summer and sponsored by the National Down Syndrome Congress.
Those seeking more information regarding the Buddy Walk or Northwest Iowa Down Syndrome Society can contact Scott or Trudy Hallgren at 580-6671.