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2014 Buddy Walk® Conference Schedule

The 2014 Buddy Walk® Conference will again bring together Walk organizers from across the country to share ideas and best practices at this exclusive two-day meeting.

At the 2014 Buddy Walk® Conference we'll cover such topics as: Engaging Fundraisers and Volunteers- Your Route to Higher Fundraising With Less Work, Secrets of a Successful First Time Organizer, How Our Buddy Walk® Revenue Jumped $35,000 In One Year, Why Pay For It When You Can Get It For Free (Securing In-Kind Donors and Sponsors), New Mobile Technology to Increase Donations for your Buddy Walk® and Building a Stronger Buddy Walk® Community. Additional sessions will be added soon. 

The tentative schedule for the conference is below. The final schedule with breakout sessions will be updated shortly.


Conference Schedule 

TUESday, February 25

12:00pm - 2:00pm 

Registration (Foyer of Studio D)

2:00pm – 3:20pm    

Welcome/Awards Ceremony/Opening Session – Studio D 

Engaging Fundraisers and Volunteers - Your Route to Higher Fundraising With Less Work

(Lane Kelly, Turnkey Promotions, NDSS Preferred Promotional Vendor)

3:30pm – 4:15pm - Studio D

Mobile Fundraising and the Buddy Walk®

(Mary Minno, VP of Partnerships, Paystik, Buddy Walk® National Partner)

4:30pm - 5:15pm - Studio D

Donor Drive and the Buddy Walk®

6:30pm - 8:00pm - Studio C  


Wednesday, February 26

7:00am – 7:50am    

Breakfast – Studio F

8:00am – 8:45am    - Studio D

Building a Stronger Buddy Walk® Community

(Tony Wells, Ds-Connex, Buddy Walk® National Partner)

9:00am – 9:45am   - Studio D

Why Pay For It When You Can Get It For Free?

(Marlene Venable, Down Syndrome Association of Acadiana)

10:00am – 10:45am - Studio D

Secrets of Successful First Time Organizers

(Terri Hawthorne, Beamont Buddy Walk® and Marijo Schwengler, Up With Downs of Fargo/Moorehead)

11:00am - 11:45am - Studio D

How Our Revenue Jumped $35,000 in One Year

(Teri Mauldin, Down Syndrome Association of South Texas)

11:50am – 1:00pm  - Studio D

Lunch/Roundtable sessions/Closing Remarks

  • Buddy Walk
  • NDSS Yourway
  • My Great Story
  • NDSS DS-Ambassadors