Walk4Friendship walkers

Walnut Lake Road in West Bloomfield will once again become a “sea of purple” as thousands of families, teams and individuals wearing Friendship Circle T-shirts take part in the 13th annual Walk4Friendship on Sunday, Sept. 2. The community event raises crucial funds and awareness for Friendship Circle and individuals with special needs.

Friendship Circle is a West Bloomfield-based nonprofit organization that provides assistance and support to 3,000 individuals with special needs and their families across Metro Detroit. This year’s Walk4Friendship slogan is “Be the Light.”

“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 opening ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. at West Bloomfield Town Hall (4550 Walnut Lake Road) followed by a 1.4-mile walk along Walnut Lake Road to Friendship Circle’s Farber Center (5586 Drake Road) with family-friendly activities including bounce houses, complimentary hot dogs and beverages, popcorn, cotton candy, face painting and more, through 3 p.m.

New this year: The New York-based, all-male a cappella singing group the Maccabeats will perform a full concert for participants. The Maccabeats have built a large fan base worldwide, including more than 20 million views on YouTube.

Also new, an interactive, inflatable game called “Hippo Chow Down” will keep children entertained. Renowned Ann Arbor-based chalk artist David Zinn will be on hand, creating amazing 3-D street art before people’s eyes along with talented Soul Studio artists with special needs. There will be a variety of other crafts, games, food and activities for all to enjoy.

To learn more, register, donate or support a team, visit walk4friendship.com.