St. Louis Walk
Join us on September 25, 2022
Walk Date: 09/25/2022
Walk Location: Creve Coeur Lake Park -Tremayne Pavilion
Registration Start Time: 9:00am
Walk Start Time: Walk at your leisure (must start by 2:00pm to complete on time)
Walk Ends: 3:00pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Phyllis Blackwelder & Jeanni Schmidt (314) 392-7136
Contact Phone: 314-703-1600
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tentative event schedule:
Saturday, Sept. 24th 9 AM to 11 AM Early walk shirt pick up at Creve Coeur Lake (event site)
Sunday, Sept. 25th
9:00 AM – Registration opens
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM – Walk at your leisure. Please start your walk by 2:00 PM to ensure you are finished by 3:00 PM.
10:00 AM – Gizmo's Pawsome Guide to Mental Health read-a-long story (designed for 4 to 11 year old children-anyone can attend)
11:00 AM – Honor Bead Ceremony
12:00 PM – Bugles Across America plays TAPS, Dove Release, Bagpipers perform
1:00 PM – Save A Penny turn-in ends
1:30 PM – Save A Penny winner announced and Raffle ticket sales ends
2:00 PM – Paws for Prevention raffle ends - drawing at 2:15 PM need not be present to win
2:30 PM – Merchandise Sales end
3:00 PM – Event ends
Welcome to the Out of the Darkness
15th Annual St. Louis Walk
The Out of the Darkness Community 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 health conditions have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.
If you're looking for support and/or resources, please visit www.afsp.org/get-help and www.afsp.org/resources.
Returning participant? Thank you for being a Walk Alumni! When you click the register button be sure to click the blue Login link under "Been Here Before?"
Having trouble registering? Click here to view a step-by-step guide. See FAQs below if you have any questions.
If you’ve already registered and would like to either create a new team or join an existing one, log into your 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). View this video tutorial for more help.
There's now an app to make it even easier to raise funds and receive updates!
Click below to get started!
And don't forget about all the ways you can FUNdraise!
Ways You Can Help
Volunteer at the Event
Event Committee and Day-of Walk volunteers are always needed and we cannot be successful without them!
Send an email to email@example.com to sign-up today! Thank you!
Become a Sponsor
Sponsoring the St. Louis Walk shows your community and employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. Become a partner to help stop this leading cause of death. Download the Sponsor Packet to see the different levels.
Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide
$150+ - Raise $150 by 09/25/2022 and receive the official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt!
* Donations can be made to a team as a whole, but the T-shirt and other incentives are based only on INDIVIDUAL fundraising.
Promote the Walk in Your Community!
Follow us on social! @OOTDWalks
Post on your social accounts and share why you walk with your community!
Do you want to help us advertise the St. Louis walk by displaying a sign in your yard? email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Become a Team Captain
Be sure to follow all of the steps after registering to get that fundraising going! *Update your page and pic * Make a self-donation* Utilize Participant Hub *
Create a FB Fundraiser through your account or it will not connect to your page! This is super easy in the app btw (wink wink)
Is there a registration fee?
No, there is no registration fee to participate.
If I raise enough money, will my whole team get a shirt?
No. The event shirts are only given to individuals who raise $150. If your whole team wants a shirt, each member must raise $150.
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.
Is there a fundraising minimum?
No, but we strongly encourage each participant to set a $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official walk t-shirt!
Can I register at the Walk? Yes! You can register in-person at the Walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.
Can I bring my dog? Yes! Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the Walk.
Bring your pooch and visit our Paws for Prevention booth for a free dog bandana and a complimentary raffle ticket for your chance to win this amazing basket donated by Nestle Purina.
Actual basket may differ from the one pictured.
Parking, route, and other info will be updated as we get closer to Walk Day.
For additional questions, please email email@example.com
Day-of Experience: Resources & Activities
Stop by the AFSP Store for merchandise, pick-up beads at the Honor Bead tent, and more!
Honor Beads will be available on-site to show your connection(s) to the cause.
Hope & Healing
Share messages of hope and remembrance. See below for more details.
Save a Penny Save a Life
Kids are the future, so let's get them involved!
All kids (age 11 and younger) can raise funds for the St. Louis Out of the Darkness Walk!
Click on the picture below to print out a larger version and attach it to a change container. Each child can bring their change to the walk and have it counted! The most raised will get a prize at the walk and all kids will be recognized for their fundraising efforts!
"Why We Walk" Photo Board
Send your loved one's photo for our "Why We Walk" Photo Board.
Every year, at our AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk, we have photographs of our loved ones on display. Because our walk attendance has grown (and keeps growing each year), if I have created a poster for your loved one for a previous walk, please let me know that you would like it used again. I will not be redesigning past posters/collages. If you are new to the walk and would like to have a photograph of your loved one at this year’s walk, please email a photo and put "Walk Photo" in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the person's name, and any brief message you'd like displayed with the photo to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo file type should be jpeg and a high enough resolution that it can be enlarged to 8x10 without getting grainy. If you would like, you can send more than one photo, and I will design a collage. Because of space limitations, each loved one will have only one poster/collage.
When you send your photo, you will receive a reply from me stating that I received it. If you don't receive a reply within 3 days, please resend. Deadline to submit photo(s) is Sept. 18, 2022, but earlier is always appreciated!
You are always welcome to bring your own photo, but please limit it to one, and no larger than 8.5x11.
Lifekeepers Memory Quilts
You will have the opportunity at the walk to have your loved one’s photo/poster made into a permanent fabric square on our memory quilt. Just look for the display of our current Memory Quilts and we'll have a table nearby. For a $5.00 fee to offset the costs, you can reserve a spot on our next quilt for your loved one and all the work will be done for you. For more info on our quilt program, click here.
Register by clicking the button at the top of the page
Thank you participants, volunteers, donors, and sponsors for your support! Together, we can save lives and bring hope.
If you or someone you know is in a crisis, please call 1-800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741-741