13th Annual Walk4Friendship hopes to raise $600K for those with special needs

Posted at 2:16 PM, Aug 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-27 16:14:41-04

The 13th Annual Walk4Friendship 1.4 mile walk is Sunday, Sept. 2. 

"Be the Light" is the slogan for this year's campaign, which will raise funds and awareness for Friendship Circle and individuals with special needs. 

Friendship Circle is a nonprofit organization in West Bloomfield that provides assistance and support to 3,000 individuals with special needs and their families across metro Detroit, a release states. 

"When we see thousands of people from across metro Detroit walking together as one for a common cause, it is truly inspiring. We want each individual person to know they have the power to 'be the light' and make a positive difference," said Bassie Shemtov, director and co-founder of Friendship Circle. " We are looking forward to another amazing turnout and event this year. We are so grateful for the community's support." 

The walk, which starts at the West Bloomfield Town Hall, 4550 Walnut Lake Road, will begin with an opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m. The walk along Walnut Lake Road to Friendship Circle's Farber Center, 5586 Drake Road, will follow. 

In addition to the walk, there will be family-friendly activities such as bounce houses, free food, face painting and more through 3 p.m.

The all-male a capella singing group The Maccabeats will also be performing. 

The goal is to raise $600,000 for the local children and adults who utilize the Friendship Circle's services. 

To register or to donate, visit