Thousands in Manhattan Beach had an attitude of gratitude as momentum grew for the ninth annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk Monday.
A sea of people near the ocean from all walks of life came together for a common cause: to raise money for children with special needs and education.
"We have education foundations from all over the South Bay here," said Carla Persell, Hermosa Beach Education Foundation.
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The Laker Girls even made an appearance, rallying the crowd.
NBC4 Anchors Michael Brownlee and Carolyn Johnson put a pep in their step and got the crowd pumped.
Supporters marched along a foggy 3.4 -mile route with the Hermosa Beach Pier in the distance.
As many as 14,000 people including families and children attended.
The SKECHERS Foundation managed to raise more than $1.5 million to support children with special needs, benefiting The Friendship Foundation.
"They're learning about community, charity and that they're not the only ones in this world," said Mireya Morales-Muro, who attended with her family.