Virtual Tulsa Buddy Walk and Buddy Drive Car Parade

September 27, 2020
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Holland Hall Campus
5666 E. 81st Street
Tulsa, OK 74137
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Join the Down Syndrome Association of Tulsa (DSAT) for the 18th annual Buddy Walk Event on Sunday, September 27, 2020. This year, with the exception of a car parade, our event will be mostly virtual.
The DSAT is a non-profit organization that exists to enhance the lives of individuals with Down syndrome, their families and their communities.

Tulsa, OK (07/28/20) — The DSAT invites the public to celebrate its annual Buddy Walk on Sunday September 27, 2020. Our annual Tulsa Buddy Walk, held each fall, raises awareness and promotes acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. It’s also our biggest fundraiser of the year. Our walk this year, will be a mostly virtual event, with the exception of a car parade for our families, in order to protect our families.

THE BUDDY WALK

The Buddy Walk is typically a 1/4-mile walk designed to promote the understanding and acceptance of people with Down syndrome. It is a family-friendly event where friends and family form teams to support their Buddy with Down syndrome. This year, due to Covid-19 concerns, we are hosting a mostly virtual event! Ninety-three per-cent of all money raised stays in the local community and is used to provide scholarships for families and self-advocates to attend the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention, to provide new parent packets to doctors and hospitals, provide new education and inclusion programs and to support families and individuals with Down syndrome.

During the weekend of September 26-27, we encourage families, friends and community partners to walk (or run) with your team around your home, neighborhood or local park to help us raise money and awareness for Down syndrome as part of our annual Tulsa Buddy Walk. Anyone from any part of the U.S. (or world!) can join us as we walk for the DSAT mission. Make sure to take photos and videos and tag #TulsaBuddyWalk.

Please help us make this event a success. Your support is essential to ensure our organization can continue providing valuable services and resources to the Tulsa community. The Tulsa Buddy Walk is DSAT’s biggest annual fundraiser, and this year it’s no different. All of the money raised will stay in our local community as is used to provide scholarships for families and self-advocates to attend the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention, to provide new parent packets to doctors and hospitals, provide new education and inclusion programs and to support families and individuals with Down syndrome.

Make sure to register your teams and create your fundraising page to help us raise money to sustain our current programs at www.ds-stride.org/tulsabuddywalk. You may also purchase the official Tulsa Buddy Walk 2020 t-shirt and 2021 DSAT calendar on our website.

Celebrate your way! After your walk (or run), instead of having an in-person Tulsa Buddy Walk this year, we encourage everyone to organize personal celebrations! We only ask that Buddy Walk team captains follow state and CDC guidelines to keep everyone healthy.

Celebration Ideas:

Cocktails for a Cause – Celebrate with cocktails and appetizers.

Picnic by the Park – Grill out and cook up your favorite treats at a nearby park.

Backyard Cookout – Continue the celebration outside at a backyard cookout.

Buddy Brunch – Host a brunch for your team to commemorate the special day.

Neighborhood Night Out – Grab your neighbors and some glow sticks to shine even more light on the Buddy Walk.


“Buddy Drive” Car Parade

On Sunday, September 27th at 11:00 a.m. we will host a “Buddy Drive” car parade at Holland Hall!

Before arriving at Holland Hall for the parade, decorate your vehicle with your team’s name or the person you love with Down syndrome. Make it fun and be creative! The parade will include appearances by Elsa and Spiderman, fun music from the stadium, cheerleaders, band members and more!

More information about the parade route and line-up instructions coming soon.

Virtual Dance Party

Help us wrap-up our Tulsa Buddy Walk weekend with a virtual dance party on Sunday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. More details coming soon.

Team Incentives

  • Team fundraising incentives: September 7 is an important deadline for fundraising prizes.
    • If your team raises at least $1,000 by September 7, you will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad!
    • If your team raises at least $2,000 by September 7, your team captain will receive a Tulsa Buddy Walk yard sign featuring a picture of their loved one to help raise awareness and acceptance in their community!
    • The top fundraising team will get to feature their child on the cover of the 2021 DSAT calendar (if participating in the calendar).

For more information, to sponsor or to create a team, visit https://www.ds-stride.org/tulsabuddywalk.