Rochester NY Walk

Join us on October 2, 2021


Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Rochester NY Walk

*Pre-registered participants will no longer need to check-in at the Walk, so we encourage you to register, invite friends, fundraise, and donate in advance to make your day-of event experience as safe and streamlined as possible! Be sure to read items marked UPDATE and check back for any last minute changes.

Individual walkers and small groups (2-3 people) may arrive any time! Questions/requests for your team - email here.


If teams wish to bring their own tent to set up on site, please contact the event chairs to coordinate, thank you!

Are you walking virtually?


Visit this link to listen to Audacy's EXCLUSIVE Out of the Darkness playlist this fall, to provide an inspirational soundtrack no matter where you walk to help #stopsuicide. 

Here’s how you access the AFSP Out of the Darkness station: 

  • Download the Audacy app
  • Search AFSP, click on the “AFSP Out of the Darkness” station & listen!
  • It’s be curated by our music team to be an uplifting soundtrack to support the walk
  • There are about 4 hours of songs – a mix of widely known pop, adult contemporary, rock hits

Need honor beads for your virtual walk or team gathering? Email us to arrange pickup.

Take a photo of your walk or your team and send to us to share on our AFSP WNY Facebook page!

Follow our AFSP WNY Facebook page on walk day for messages of gratitude from AFSP leadership and a message of hope from our walk co-chair at Vets Park!



Maps and signage will be provided - you can walk up and back down the two branches of the path, to and from the Amphitheater, approximately 1.5-2 miles.


Will you help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide?

UPDATE: The Rochester Out of the Darkness Walk is a special event that provides community, connection, healing, and hope for survivors of suicide loss and those with lived experience.

We are moving forward with plans to host the walk in-person on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021. Teams and individual walkers can arrive between 10:00am-2:00pm and there will NOT be a formal Opening Ceremony.

Every dollar you raise through the Rochester Walk allows AFSP to invest in life-saving research, education, advocacy, and support for those impacted by suicide.

Event Details                                                                                                          

Date: 10/02/2021
Location: Veterans Memorial Park - Penfield, NY  
Registration: 10:00 am
Event Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Missy Stolfi 
Contact Phone: 585-202-2783 
Contact Email:


Registration & Walk FAQs

When and where is the event taking place?
The event is taking place on Saturday, October 2nd at Veterans Memorial Park in Penfield. Teams will arrive at pre-assigned times they select for a self-guided walk route and walk activities. A virtual option will also be presented for those not ready to be in-person.

Can I get a lawn sign? UPDATEYes! Give us a shout if you'd like one to help spread the word about the walk in your neighborhood.

Live Music from Max Doud of 5 Second Rule!
Max will be performing on the Amphitheater stage from 11am-1pm


Is there a registration fee?
No, there is no registration fee to participate, but as a fundraising event we encourage you to try and solicit donations in your community!

Do we have to leave in 20 minutes?
No, there is not a set departure time for teams, just arrivals. We are using spread-out arrival times to limit crowding and lines this year.

How do I get to the park?
UPDATE: Follow this link to learn more about our venue, and head to the Amphitheater! There is ample parking throughout the park, and we will have handicapped spots blocked off closest to the Amphitheater.

Will there be food?

UPDATE: We will have grab-and-go snack bags and ask that each walker brings their own water to stay hydrated!

How do I set up my personal fundraising page?

If you need help logging into or setting up your fundraising page, click here for a step-by-step guide.

For additional questions, please email


How do I make an offline donation?
To send a donation by check, please complete this form and send it with your check to the address provided.

Day of, you can bring cash/check donations to the blue pop-up tent next to the Amphitheater.

Are we still having a basket raffle?
UPDATE: Yes, there will be baskets, community organization tables, and other activities to enjoy at your own pace.

Are kids and pets allowed?
Our event is all-ages, and friendly, leashed dogs are welcome (you are responsible for them!).  Registered service animals are always welcome!

Is there a fundraising minimum?
No, but we strongly encourage each participant to set a minimum $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official walk t-shirt!



How You Can Help

Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Rochester Walk shows the community that your business cares about mental health and suicide prevention. Become a partner to help stop this leading cause of death.

Promote the Walk in Your Community! 

Contact Missy Stolfi for more.

Share on Social Media

Share your story, post photos, invite others to join you or donate to your fundraising efforts. Social media is a powerful tool!

Please be sure to use the following: @afsp_westernNY, #TogetherToFightSuicide

Follow the Facebook Event Page for updates! - coming soon

Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide

$150+ - Walk t-shirt. Raise $150 by October 2nd and receive the official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt!

These easy action steps will get you started! 

In addition to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in additional cash or check donations on-site.



Event Day Resources & Activities

On-Site Activities

 Basket Raffle // Merchandise // Field Advocacy // Luminaria Dedication // Life Music // Community Agency Tables // Caricatures by Rob Dumo

Honor Beads

Honor Beads will be available on-site to show your connection(s) to the cause. Learn more by watching our honor bead video.

 Memorial Signs

UPDATE: This offer has expired.

Teams who reach $500 raised online by Sept 20th will receive a personalized team sign at the walk.

The Out of the Darkness Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, and support. It unites our communities and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.

If you're looking for resources, please visit


Thank you for your support! We are #TogetherToFightSuicide!