Dear Community Leader,

The Anchor Club of Walton High School is excited to announce the 5th annual Anchored Down with Love Buddy Walk to be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 with opening ceremonies beginning at 9 a.m. at the Wee Care Park of DeFuniak Springs, Florida. This event has historically been sponsored by the Walton High School Anchor Club.  We are happy to announce that we will be partnering with the Down Syndrome Association of Tallahassee (DSAT) this year to grow our walk and to expand services offered to individuals with Down syndrome and their families in Northwest Florida.

The Buddy Walk was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate October as Down Syndrome Awareness month to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.  The Buddy Walk has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to nearly 300 walks planned for this year worldwide. Each year an average of 13 million dollars is raised nationwide to benefit local programs and services, as well as the national advocacy and public awareness initiatives of NDSS that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.

The Anchored Down with Love Buddy Walk is a family oriented event and is designed to raise awareness and acceptance of those whose lives have been affected by Down syndrome. In addition to raising awareness with billboards throughout the area, funds raised will directly support local individuals with Down syndrome and their families.  Programs and services provided by DSAT include $500 a semester tutoring or mentor scholarships, swim scholarships and weekly therapy stipends for much needed Physical, Occupational, Speech and Music therapy.  DSAT welcomes new families and provides support at the time of diagnosis. In addition, DSAT assists families in need during times of medical episodes, hosts educational and informational workshops, and sponsors social events allowing families to come together in a welcoming environment.  Funds raised at the Buddy Walk make all of these programs possible for the following year.

We wish to formally invite your organization to become a sponsor of this event. In addition to supporting a great cause, your business will be publicized at this event by signs, recognition on the event t-shirt, and announcements throughout the event. To secure your sponsorship, we anticipate receiving your donation by September 25, 2017. Information regarding the sponsorship levels can be found in the links to the right.

Thank you very much for your consideration.  It would be our honor to partner with you in an effort to improve the quality of life for people with Down syndrome.

Sincerely,

The Anchor Club of Walton High School & DSAT

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