Fargo/Moorhead Area Walk

Join us on September 17, 2023


Welcome to the Out of the Darkness

Fargo/Moorhead Area Walk  


Event Details

Date: 09/17/2023

Location: Scheels Arena Lawn, Fargo, ND

Check-in Time: 12:00 pm

Ceremony Start Time: 2:00 pm

Walk to follow 

Contact Information

Walk Chair: Denby DeVries, 701-200-0751, denbydevries@hotmail.com

Staff Contact: Samantha Christopherson, schristopherson@afsp.org

Schedule of Events on Walk Day: 

12:00 pm-1:50 pm -Walk Activities Including: 

  • Live Music from Tucker'd Out
  • Community Resource Fair  
  • Team Photo Stations 
  • Food Trucks 
  • Yard Games 
  • Buy your AFSP gear at the pop-up shop 
  • Memory Wall (Please read below for information) 
  • Browse the Silent Auction  
  • Complimentary Massages from Keith at Massage Envy 

1:15 pm-Reading of Gizmo's Pawesome Guide to Mental Health inside the Scheels Arena (Pre-K to 4th graders) 

2:00 pm- Our Opening Ceremony begins followed by the walk 

2:30 pm- The Silent Auction Closes 

3:30 pm-Silent Auction will have been contacted about their winning items. 

Things to Know: 

  • Friendly leashed dogs are welcome to walk with us. (There will also be a Paws for Prevention) and you can buy your furry friend an AFSP bandanna at our AFSP shop
  • This is a family-friendly event. We invite all mental health Advocates of all ages to walk with us. 
  • Food Trucks will be available for purchase for lunch 
  • Bathrooms will be located inside the Scheels Arena 

Memory Wall Information: 

  • As part of this year's FM Out of the Darkness Walk, we will be hosting a "Wall of Remembrance" dedicated to loved ones who have been lost to suicide. Walkers are invited to bring a picture or letter of remembrance to hang on this Walk
  • Guidelines for pictures and letters:
    • ​Walkers may want to bring copies of photos or letters (versus the originals) as we will be outside in the elements
    • Please be sure to pick up your items from the memory wall after the walk.

Fundraising Information: 

All funds raised at the Walk support mental health research, prevention education, advocacy, and support for loss survivors.  There is no fee to register for this important community event, but if you fundraise and raise $150 by Sept. 17th, you will receive an official 2023 F/M Area Out of the Darkness Community Walk t-shirt for your fundraising efforts. 

Red and Blue Ribbon Awards: Challenge yourself to be a Red Ribbon Walker if you raise $500-$999 or a Blue Ribbon Walker if you raise $1,000 +. You will receive a red or blue ribbon and an additional gift on-site! 


Walk Route:


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.

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

Event Committee and Day-of Walk volunteers are always needed and we cannot be successful without them! 

Send an email to denbydevries@hotmail.com to sign-up today! Thank you!


Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Fargo/Moorhead Area Walk shows your community and employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. Download the sponsorship packet here. Contact denbydevries@hotmail.com with any questions!

Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide

$150+ - Raise $150 by 09/17/2023 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!

Download the Walk flyer HERE to help spread the word!

Team Corner

Become a Team Captain

Team Central


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.

Are dogs allowed? Yes! Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the walk.


Parking, route, and other info will be updated as we get closer to Walk Day.

For additional questions, please email denbydevries@hotmail.com


Day-of Experience: Resources & Activities

On-Site Activities

Stop by the AFSP Store for merchandise, visit the photo booth, and more!

Honor Beads

Honor Beads will be available on-site to show your connection(s) to the cause.

Hope & Healing

Share messages of hope and remembrance.


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