Hamilton, Ohio¬†‚Äď On Saturday, April 22, volunteers and community members came together to support the annual¬†Best Buddies Friendship Walk¬†at¬†Marcum Park¬†in Downtown Hamilton. The volunteers included Loveland Magazine co-owners, Cassie Mattia and David Miller.

Mattia unloaded trucks and vans and re-loaded them when the walk was over. Her role was also to greet walkers, help them with registration, and publicize the event on social media. Miller took photos from the unloading and set-up until capturing guests eating food and enjoying games after walkers cross the finish line.

Connie Mehlman, the Community Connection Coordinator for the Butler County Department of Development Disabilities was the Greater Cincinnati Walk coordinator.

The¬†Best Buddies International¬†Friendship Walk is the leading walk in the country supporting inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Due to the amazing efforts of everyone involved in the walk this year, the¬†Best Buddies Ohio¬†Greater Cincinnati Friendship Walk raised over $51,000. The funds raised will aid in the expansion of local Best Buddies programs. ‚ÄúThank you to all those that participated, volunteered, donated, and sponsored the Best Buddies Walk,‚ÄĚ said Melman.

Take a look at the Best Buddies Walk action captured in a photo collage video brought to you by¬†Loveland Magazine‚Äės David Miller and Cassie Mattia.

Learn more about Best Buddies Ohio.

Learn more about the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Thank you to the event sponsors: Hanover Reserve Weddings and Events, Telhio Credit Union, Speak Up a Self-Advocacy group Through Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Bill & Jenny McCloy, The Lang Agency, Gifts In Honor of Joseph Pollock: The Pollock and Bhat Family, and Nothing Bundt Cakes.

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