MANNHATTAN BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The SKECHERS Foundation today announced that its 8th annual 2016 SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk exceeded $1.6 million for children with special needs and education. Supported by lead presenter Nickelodeon and new media sponsor NBC4 Southern California, the Walk reached a new attendance high with 12,000 people taking part in the event.

“It really highlights the great optimism in all of us, and the power we have when we organize for good. I hope this Walk inspires others to do the same.”

Celebrities at the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk included actress, model and longtime SKECHERS supporter Brooke Burke-Charvet; legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard; model and entrepreneur Camila Alves; actor Ian Ziering; mother/daughter fitness icons Denise and Katie Austin; and Hall of Fame baseball manager Tommy Lasorda, a Walk Board of Director who has appeared every year.