Buddy Walk FAQs

When and where is the Nashville Buddy Walk®? 
November 2, 2019 from 10am-3pm
The Hermitage
4580 Rachel’s Lane
Nashville, TN 37076

What is the Nashville Buddy Walk®?
The Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee (DSAMT) organizes the Nashville Buddy Walk® to celebrate and support individuals with Down syndrome and their families and to promote understanding and acceptance of those with Down syndrome. Approximate 5,000 participants from Middle Tennessee are expected at this year’s Nashville Buddy Walk®, making it the largest Down syndrome awareness event in the state and our primary source of funding for our programs.

How much does the event cost?
This is a free community event!  There is no registration or admission charge. 

Is the Buddy Walk® just for families of individuals with Down syndrome?
Absolutely not!  This is a community event and we welcome anyone and everyone to the Buddy Walk®!  So please invite all your friends and family. Invite families your children attend school with, church members, co-workers, etc.!  All are welcome! 

Who is our entertainment this year?

How strenuous is the actual walk? 
The walk itself is a short stroll around the outside perimeter of our event area.  It is a very easy and slow walk, partly on sidewalk and partly on grass.  The ground is mostly level and stroller-friendly. 

Will there be activities for the kids?
Yes! We will have a lot of activities for the kids, including inflatables.  There will be activities for the entire family – folks of all ages will enjoy photo booth, instrument petting zoo, crafts, games, etc.

Will there be food and drinks available?
There will be a selection of food and drinks available for purchase, including

Are pets allowed on the grounds of The Hermitage?
No, pets are not allowed (with the exception of service dogs).

Where do we park?
There will be separate and designated parking specifically for Nashville Buddy Walk® attendees.  The parking will be marked and guided by parking attendants.

Where is the Buddy Walk® Entrance?
The entrance to the Buddy Walk® is on Rachel’s Lane and will be marked and separate from the main entrance of The Hermitage.  We will not be using the main entrance building or parking area of The Hermitage for our event.  Handicap parking is available.

Do we automatically have admission to The Hermitage if we want to take a tour after the Buddy Walk®?
No, but the Hermitage will offer a discount on admission to all Buddy Walk attendees who choose to purchase tickets to The Hermitage.  All ticketholders are issued an armband, which is required to enter any of The Hermitage facilities.

If we do not earn a Team Headquarters, can we still set up a tent?
Yes, you may set up a tent in designated areas only.  These areas will be marked on the map, which will be released closer to the event date.  Staking your tent is allowed this year.  

May we bring our own food and drinks?
Yes.  Food and drinks are allowed in the designated Buddy Walk® area, but are not allowed in any buildings with the exception of sealed water bottles. 

Will there be adequate bathroom facilities this year?
Yes!  Porto-potties will be set up in areas around the Buddy Walk® area.  We are not allowed inside the buildings for restroom purposes as those are reserved for tour guests of The Hermitage.

When is the last day to get a free Buddy Walk® shirt with registration?
October 1, 2019

I see some teams have their own shirts printed.  Do I have to do this?
Absolutely not, but many of our teams enjoy designing and printing their own unique shirts every year to unify their team and raise money. 

Where can I get custom made team shirts?
You can check with local companies that provide this service.  We also suggest Custom Ink and Booster as an easy online company you can use for this.  They are the same company, with the difference being that Custom Ink requires you to take the orders and collect the money.  They then ship your shirts to you and you disperse them to whoever purchased them.  With Booster, customers place their own orders and all items are shipped directly to them once your fundraiser is complete.  You set the price for your shirts and any overage can be mailed to the DSAMT.

May I put the words Buddy Walk® on my team shirts?
You may, but you need approval from NDSS (National Down Syndrome Society).  For any shirts printed with the words Buddy Walk® you must include the registered trademark symbol as shown here: Buddy Walk®

May I use the DSAMT logo or words DSAMT on my team shirts?
You may with prior permission and design approval from the DSAMT.  Please contact Alecia at alecia@somethingextra.org.

Where can I get frequently updated Nashville Buddy Walk® information?
Our Facebook group is one of the best way to get information on all things Buddy Walk®!  Please join us! https://www.facebook.com/groups/NashvilleBuddyWalk/

Is there any help with fundraising?
Absolutely! There are several templates, flyers available and additional magnets available upon request.  Also, for each school you recruit to the school challenge, you get $100 credit.  Any sponsors that you recruit – their sponsorship donations count towards your team.  So if your physician buys a sign for $250, the office gets a sign and your team gets a $250 credit.  You can email buddywalk@somethingextra.org anytime for tips, too.



Donor Drive FAQs

Who is Donor Drive?

DonorDrive® Social Fundraising is online software for peer-to-peer fundraising and event registration. Buddy Walk® participants are using DonorDrive to sign up their family team, create fundraising pages and celebrate their participation with close friends over their social channels. NDSS has chosen DonorDrive as the preferred vendor for registration and fundraising software.  

How do I register for the Nashville Buddy Walk® online?
Go to the register now button and complete the form. You will be guided through the registration process. Once your transaction is complete, you will receive a confirmation email receipt.

What is unique about this website?
This website is so unique because it offers the capability for individuals to not only register for the event, but also to collect donations from their friends and family through a much more efficient mechanism. Down Syndrome Association Middle Tennessee Event Manager and the event Participant can track the progress of donation collections through viewing secured online reports.

Is my information secure? 
Yes. DonorDrive has made every effort to protect your information. We use industry-standard SSL encryption techniques to make sure that your credit card information, passwords, and personal information travel securely over the Internet. We have also installed an encryption engine on our database server so that your data is securely stored.

What is the long website address for that I received in my confirmation receipt?
This website address is your personal url and it will take you to your personal donation page. This address link is automatically included in any emails that are sent through your email center after you have logged into the website. You can also copy and paste this link into any other form of email.

Can I change my personal url?
Once you are registered, log in to your Dashboard you will have the opportunity to create a personal url (customized portion of the link after the last forward slash) Go to the event site, click participant login on the top left hand corner of the home page. Once you are logged into your personal fundraising page go to Profile under Welcome (Your Name). Once you get to the Profile tab, click on the button on the bottom right hand side that says (Your Fundraising Page). A drop down list will show and you will select Edit Your Page. Your personal URL is going to show with an option to change it.  Make the change to a new URL then go to the bottom of the page and click Save Changes button.

Can friends and family make a donation to a Participant by going through the main website?
Yes. On the home page of the website, friends and family can locate a Participant by clicking on the "Donate Now" button and searching for the name of the person on the search box. By typing in the name of the Participant, they will be directed to the Participant's personalized pledge page.

Why is the "Search Box" not finding a Participant that I know has registered?

You must type in the first name or last name of the Participant exactly how it is spelled. It is not case sensitive. 

How can I see who has donated to me?
Go to the Donations section on the top of the site after you have logged in to your Dashboard. Click on “Donations Received” from the drop down list to view your list of donors.

I forgot my Username and Password. How can I find out what they are?
Click on “Participant Login”, if you forgot your password click on the “forgot password” link.  You will receive an email with your username and password. 

All of my Donors are not showing up on the scroll mechanism. Why?
As your Donors make a contribution, they have the option of whether or not they want to appear in the recognition scroll. 

Will DonorDrive put my name on various mailing lists?
Donor Drive division collects and maintains only personal information that is voluntarily submitted to us. We will only share personally identifiable information with a third party if and when the individual submitting this information has permitted us to do so, or if we are required by law to do so. 

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