The 6th annual Roswell Buddy Walk to support the Down syndrome community will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Spring River Park [auth] and Zoo. The walk celebrates Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and raises money for local programs.
Registration is $15 per person, or $50 for a family of four, which covers a boxed lunch from Cowboy CafÃ© and a 2010 Roswell Buddy Walk T-shirt. All proceeds go to the Down Syndrome Foundation of Southeastern New Mexico.
â€œItâ€™s our biggest fundraiser,â€ Teresa McCreary, president of the foundation, said. She added that the money supports local programs in Roswell, including:â€ˆa parent support group, a reading and math education program for children ages 3 through 10 with Down syndrome and the Best Buddies Legacy Fund scholarship.
The one-mile walk was created in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society, and collectively raised more than $9.5 million last year. In Roswell, the walk usually generates somewhere between $25,000 and $50,000 per year.
Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and begins at 9:30 a.m. The walk also features Jolly Jumps and a carousel, live entertainment by local band Dysfunktion,â€ˆand a dance presentation by The Studio +.
The event will also honor Patty Jennings, the late wife of Senate President Pro Tem Timothy Jennings, D-Roswell, and Polly Arango for their outstanding achievements in advocating for people with disabilities.
For more information, visit www.dsfenm.org, e-mail buddywalk@dsfenm, or call 622-1099.