The Down Syndrome Association of Delaware raised $60,000 from the 15th Annual Buddy Walk held at Silver Lake Park in Middletown on Saturday, May 19.
For the fundraiser, 61 teams walked four times which is a mile around the track at the park.
The teams donated by registering for the walk and more money was raised at the event through silent auctions and raffles, said Lauren Camp, the association’s executive director.
It rained lightly during the event, which apparently kept the attendance down. About 500 people participated in the entire event, down from the more than 2,500 people expected.
Camp said the event was still a success because it was still held and raised money. The funds are used for the association’s programs and outreach efforts.
“It’s for the Down Syndrome Association of Delaware. This is our 15th annual walk and the first time having it in Middletown at Silver Lake,” Camp said.
She plans to have it again at Silver Lake Park next year.
One of the walking teams, Landen’s Lucky Charms, raised $3,660, bringing it close to $10,000 raised over the past two years.
“This is our second year. We had a total of 68 people registered” this year, said Cameron Harwood, the team’s captain.
Despite the rain, Harwood considered the event a success.
“We are successful. It was great. It’s a better turn out than we expected,” he said.
Beside the walk, the event also featured inflatable basketball playing and inflatable slides. There also was free face and body painting.
The nonprofit Down Syndrome Association of Delaware’s mission is to be a resource promoting public awareness, education and advocacy supporting individuals with Down syndrome and their families, according to the group’s website at dsadelaware.org.