Greater Shenandoah Valley/Charlottesville Walk

Join us on October 16, 2021

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Greater Shenandoah Valley/Charlottesville Walk

Event Details

Date: 10/16/2021
Location: Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton, VA 
Registration: 9:00 am
Event Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Markita Madden-Puckett 
Contact Phone: 540-209-1675 
Contact Email: mdmpuck@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday at Gypsy Hill Park 

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We will be doing things a bit differently this year out of an abundance of caution, and we want to thank our walk planning committee for their hard work in creating an experience with your safety and wellness in mind.  We look forward to returning to our traditional event format in the future.

Thank you, Lettie Nazloo, for providing ASL interpretation services for our opening ceremony.

Items to note for Saturday, October 16th:

Walkers are strongly encouraged to wear masks out of respect for vulnerable participants.  Masks will be available on site by request for anyone who forgets to bring one with them to the event.  Masks and hand sanitizer will be located at the Registration/Check-In area.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event (cash only).

Concessions will be available from the Lions Club during our event (cash only).

Carry your cellphone to use for registration and donations, and read the QR codes on the signs along the walking path.  

Friendly, leashed pets are welcome.  Please come prepared to clean up after your pet.

Please register online in advance.  While registration will be available onsite, we ask you to help us reduce congestion to keep participants safe.  You can register online at afsp.org/gsv prior to the event.  Participants may also self-register by scanning our QR code banner upon arrival at the event.  This will allow more space at our check-in area to safely serve those without online registration capability.

Walk T-shirts will be available for pickup at the walk for individuals who raised $150+ by event day while supplies last.  It has been exceptionally difficult to estimate attendance numbers this year due to late registrations and COVID-19.  If you earn a shirt by 10/16/21 and do not receive it at the event, our volunteers will take your contact information and one will be ordered for you following the walk.  Please be considerate of the volunteers working in the T-shirt area as they do their best to help you.

If you ordered our state-wide fundraiser T-shirt and requested local pickup, these will also be available for you to pick up at the walk.

Watch your email prior to the event to stay up to date on the latest news and announcements for the Greater Shenandoah Valley - Charlottesville event.  Join our Greater Shenandoah Valley - Charlottesville Out of the Darkness Walk Facebook Group for additional event updates and information.

We're excited to announce our live music lineup!

We thank the following artists for donating their time and talent to provide live music during our event on October 16th at Gypsy Hill Park.

10:00 AM DrumForFUN Staunton
11:00 AM Diane Bryer
12:00 PM Nancy Gaston
1:00 PM  Last Minute Band
2:00 PM  Amanda Lynn
3:00 PM  The Loya Brothers & Friends

Register Now

Having trouble registering?  Click here to view a step-by-step guide.  Refer to page 1 if you’re registering yourself or page 5 if you’re registering someone else through your own account.  Be sure to also check out some of the Frequently Asked Questions on page 10.

If you’ve already registered and would like to either create a new team or join an existing one, log into your AFSP account and click on the “change team membership” option on the right hand side of your dashboard tab (on mobile you’ll need to click “dashboard” first).

Help Spread the Word!

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! Use the hashtags #OutoftheDarkness, #AFSPVA and #TogetherToFightSuicide


  Follow us on Facebook! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page. 

 
  Follow us on Twitter! If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #outofthedarkness to your tweets!
 
 

Follow us on Instagram! Share and tag your photos with #outofthedarkness! Spread the word and ask for support by sharing the videos and social shares in the participant hub.

There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event.  One of the best ways to raise awareness and increase understanding is by sharing your story.

T-Shirts

Individuals who raise $150 by 10/16/2021 will receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!  T-shirts will be available for pickup at the walk while supplies last.  It has been exceptionally difficult to estimate attendance numbers this year due to late registrations and COVID-19.  If you earn a shirt by 10/16/21 and do not receive it at the event, our volunteers will take your contact information and one will be ordered for you following the walk.  Please be considerate of the volunteers working in the T-shirt area as they do their best to help you.


Activities of Hope and Healing

Bring a Pair of New Socks

 
 
 
 
We invite you to bring a new pair of socks that reminds you of your loved one to add to our memory/honor area. Please stop to fill out an honor tag and hang it with your socks on our display.
Socks will be shared to provide warmth to those in our community in need following our event.
 
 

Add to our Out of the Darkness Photo Mosaic

Show how our communities across the country are working #TogethertoFightSuicide by uploading your photos to our digital photo mosaic
 

Honor Beads

Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental illness can feel like no one understands what you are going through. Unlike other illnesses, it is difficult to look at someone and know their connection. There is an honor bead for everyone, whether you have lost a loved one, struggle personally, support a friend and/or family member, or all of the above. Learn more by watching our honor bead video.

 

The Out of the Darkness Experience 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 www.afsp.org/resources.

Walk Day FAQs

What should I bring with me?

Face mask, filled water bottle, cash or credit cards to purchase AFSP swag, bug spray (if desired)

Where should I park?

Participants may utilize any parking areas throughout Gypsy Hill Park.

Can I bring my dog?

Leashed, friendly pets are welcome.  Please come prepared to clean up after your pet.

Are there bathrooms?

Indoor bathroom facilities are available at the park.

What happens if it rains?

We walk rain or shine.  Please come dressed appropriately for the weather.

 

Thank you for your support!