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 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.