St. Louis Walk
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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness
St. Louis Walk
Location: Creve Coeur Lake Park, St. Louis, MO
Check-in Time: 9:30 am
Event End Time: 3:00 pm
Walk Chair: Phyllis Blackwelder, 314-703-1600, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Saturday, September 23, 2023
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM - Early Walk T-shirt pick-up for participants raising $150 individually along with team shade tent, tables, etc. drop off.
Sunday, September 24, 2023
9:30 AM - Site registration, shirt pick-up, and raffle sales open.
10:00 AM - Gizmo's Pawsome Guide to Mental Health Read-Along story time in Children's Activities Area (Designed for 4- to 11-year-old children-anyone can attend).
10:15 AM - Tony Scott, Radio personality 96.3 R & B for the Lou on the Audacy App
11:00 AM - Miss Missouri Volunteer - Faith Whatley-Blaine
11:30 AM - Zach Sanfilippo - Gateway City Ghostbusters
12:00 PM - Honor Bead Ceremony, Bugles Across America plays TAPS, Dove Release and Bagpipers perform.
1:00 PM - Gizmo's Pawsome Guide to Mental Health Read-Along story time in Children's Activities Area (Designed for 4- to 11-year-old children-anyone can attend).
2:00 PM - Raffle Sales and Paws for Prevention raffle end. Winners will be notified by phone. Need not be present to win.
2:45 PM - Merchandise sales end.
3:00 - Event ends.
Register to Walk With Us!
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 watch 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
Become a Sponsor
Sponsoring the St. Louis Walk shows your community and employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. Contact email@example.com to become a sponsor today!
Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide
Promote the Walk in Your Community!
Follow us on social! @OOTDWalks
Post on your social accounts and share why you walk with your community!
Display a Yard Sign advertising the St. louis walk at your home or business. Email Phyllis Blackwelder at firstname.lastname@example.org to request one or more. No longer available.
Day-of Experience: Resources & Activities
Stop by the AFSP Store for merchandise, visit the photo booth, and more!
"Why We Walk" Photos
Send your loved one's photo for our NEW "Why We Walk" digital photo display.
Every year, at our AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk, we have photographs of our loved ones on display. New this year - our loved ones' photos will be displayed digitally on a large screen.
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 included 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 Sue at: email@example.com
Photo file type should be jpeg and a high enough resolution that it can be enlarged without getting grainy. If you would like, you can send more than one photo, and I will design a 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. 17, 2023, but earlier is always appreciated!
Honor Beads will be available on-site to show your connection(s) to the cause.
Honor Bead Ceremony Participants
We are looking for volunteers to represent one of the 10 honor bead colors for our Honor Bead Ceremony taking place at Noon during the walk.
White - Loss of a Child
If interested, please contact Phyllis Blackwelder at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm Walking for Buttons
Don't forget to pick up your I'm Walking for Button. You'll find them near the Honor Beads.
Hope & Healing
Messages of Hope and Healing
Write messages of Hope and Healing on the NEW Why We Walk walls located across the walking path.
Are you in need of a bit of comfort during the event? Visit our Comfort Station and have a chat with our Comfort Volunteer.
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, dial 988 or text TALK to 741-741