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Friendship Walk to raise Money for special needs

Ryan Smith, Contributing Writer

November 3, 2010 | 10:22 am

The Friendship Circle of Los Angeles, which provides programs and camaraderie to Jewish children with special needs and their families, will hold its inaugural Friendship Walk on Nov. 14 with the goal of raising $100,000.

The event will take place 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Rancho Park/Cheviot Hills Recreation Center, 2551 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, and will feature a 3K walk, carnival games, obstacle course, rock wall and more.

The fundraising effort was kicked off by an October phone-a-thon manned by more than 40 teen volunteers. The group expects to collect $7,500 as a result, according to Gail Rollman, development director of the Friendship Circle.

Teens are an essential part of the Friendship Circle. Each volunteer is paired with a child with special needs as the children receive a range of fun and Judaic experiences. Friendship Circle also runs a special-needs Hebrew school program, summer and winter camps, and holiday celebrations. More than 250 teenagers volunteer to take part in the program, Rollman said.

To register online for the Friendship Walk, visit walk4friendshipla.com or call (310) 277-3252.

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