Out of the Darkness (Community and Overnight Walks)
The Out of the Darkness Community and Overnight walks benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) by raising awareness on suicide and depression, raising money for research and education to prevent suicide from taking place, and providing assistance and a safe outlet for survivors of suicide. There are more than 30,000 suicide deaths in the United States each year. Ninety percent of those who die by suicide could have benefited from mental assistance. Someone in the U.S. dies by suicide every 16 minutes. Over $850K has been raised to date for the cause of suicide prevention and education by the AFSP through the Out of the Darkness program. The Community Walks are typically 5k (3.10 miles).
In addition to the Community Walks, there is also an Overnight Walk, usually in only two or three host cities each year. In 2008, the walks will be in Seattle and New York, will start at 8pm and begin to close at 5am. The Overnight, as it is called, is 20 miles.
There are 105 communities around the United States hosting Community Walks in 2007.
List of 2007 Community Walks by:
Alabama Birmingham Heardmont Park 9/29/2007 California Los Angeles Santa Monica Third Street Promenade 10/7/2007 California San Diego NTC Promenade in Liberty Station-Point Loma 9/15/2007 California San Francisco Crissy Field 9/29/2007 California Yreka Wal-Mart Parking Lot 9/8/2007 Colorado Denver Sloan's Lake Park 10/21/2007 Connecticut Fairfield/Westport Sherwood Island State Park 9/30/2007 Connecticut West Hartford MDC Reservoir 10/14/2007 Delaware Dover Silver Lake 10/20/2007 District of Columbia Washington C & O Canal 9/22/2007 Florida Boca Raton Patch Reef Park 10/14/2007 Florida Jacksonville Jacksonville Beach 10/27/2007 Florida Miami Tropical Park 10/27/2007 Florida Sarasota Siesta Key Beach 10/28/2007 Florida Tampa Bay Area Clearwater Beach 11/17/2007 Georgia Atlanta Piedmont Park 10/28/2007 Georgia Warner Robins Cohen Walker Drive 10/14/2007 Georgia Winder/Barrow County Fort Yargo State Park 9/1/2007 Illinois Bloomington/Normal Colene Hoose School 10/20/2007 Illinois Chicago Busse Woods 9/29/2007 Indiana Benton County Fowler Town Park 9/16/2007 Indiana Indianapolis Indianapolis Downtown Canal 9/22/2007 Iowa Des Moines Gray's Lake 9/23/2007 Iowa Mason City Southbridge Mall 10/6/2007 Kentucky Argillite Greenbo State Park 10/20/2007 Kentucky Louisville Seneca Park 11/3/2007 Louisiana Lafayette Downtown Lafayette 9/15/2007 Maine Bangor Hayford Park 9/30/2007 Maine Houlton Historic Downtown Houlton 9/22/2007 Maine Portland Baxter Boulevard Back Cove Trail 9/9/2007 Maryland Baltimore (SPEAK/AFSP) The Baltimore & Annapolis Trail 10/13/2007 Maryland Brunswick C & O Canal National Historical Park 10/20/2007 Maryland Montgomery County (SPEAK/AFSP) Great Falls Carderock 10/6/2007 Massachusetts Boston/Brighton Artensani Park 10/13/2007 Massachusetts Springfield Jewish Community Center 10/7/2007 Michigan Ann Arbor Pioneer High School 9/16/2007 Michigan Grand Rapids Millennium Park 10/6/2007 Michigan Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Fell Park 10/13/2007 Michigan Lansing Potters Park 9/15/2007 Michigan Metro Detroit/Macomb County Metro Beach Park 9/30/2007 Michigan Metro Detroit/Oakland County Metro Beach Park 9/30/2007 Michigan Metro Detroit/Oakland County Kensington Park 10/7/2007 Minnesota St. Paul Como Park 9/16/2007 Missouri Kansas City Shawnee Mission Park in Shawnee, Kansas 9/30/2007 Missouri St. Louis Forest Park 11/4/2007 Montana Billings Veterans Park 10/7/2007 Montana Kalispell Depot Park 9/29/2007 Nebraska Omaha Miller's Landing Park/Riverwalk Trail 9/16/2007 Nevada Las Vegas Lorenzi Park 11/10/2007 New Hampshire Hanover/Lebanon Dartmouth College 11/4/2007 New Hampshire Portsmouth Prescott Park 9/29/2007 New Jersey Atlantic County Oscar E. McClinton Waterfront Park 8/18/2007 New Jersey Bridgewater Duke Island Park 7/29/2007 New Jersey New Brunswick Buccleuch Park 10/14/2007 New York Buffalo South Park 9/30/2007 New York Capital Region (Walk for Rita) Saratoga Race Course 9/16/2007 New York Catskill Catskill Elks Club 10/7/2007 New York Fredonia SUNY Fredonia Campus 10/6/2007 New York Long Island Old Westbury Gardens 9/30/2007 New York Manhattan Hudson River Park 9/23/2007 New York Potsdam SUNY Potsdam Campus - Campus Union 11/3/2007 New York Rochester Genesee Valley Park 10/13/2007 New York Staten Island Clove Lake Park 10/14/2007 New York Syracuse Beaver Lake Nature Center 10/7/2007 New York Watertown General Brown High School 9/9/2007 New York Westchester County Croton Point Park 10/7/2007 North Carolina Chapel Hill Town Commons, Carrboro 11/4/2007 North Carolina Charlotte Freedom Park 9/15/2007 North Carolina Winston-Salem Tanglewood Park 9/22/2007 North Dakota Fargo Island Park Gazebo 9/30/2007 Ohio Cincinnati Ault Park 10/14/2007 Ohio Cleveland Metro Area Lake Metropark Farmpark in Kirtland 10/20/2007 Ohio Columbus Fred Beekman Park 9/9/2007 Ohio Greenville Greenville City Park 9/22/2007 Ohio Lima The Rotary Riverwalk 10/13/2007 Ohio Piqua Edison Community College 9/29/2007 Ohio Toledo University of Toledo - University Trail 9/29/2007 Ohio Wood County Downtown Bowling Green 10/7/2007 Oregon Portland World Trade Center Portland 10/20/2007 Pennsylvania Allentown Lehigh Parkway 10/14/2007 Pennsylvania Brodheadsville/Poconos Chestnut Hill Township Park 8/25/2007 Pennsylvania Harrisburg City Island & Riverfront Park 9/29/2007 Pennsylvania Lancaster The Millersville University Track 10/20/2007 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Philadelphia Museum of Art 10/7/2007 Pennsylvania Pittsburgh McCandless Pavilion-North Park 9/22/2007 Pennsylvania Wilkes-Barre Kirby Park 9/16/2007 Rhode Island Providence Waterplace Park 9/30/2007 South Carolina Charleston Hampton Park, downtown Charleston 11/4/2007 South Carolina Columbia Riverfront Park 10/21/2007 Tennessee Memphis Memphis Botanic Garden 10/20/2007 Texas Amarillo Medical Center Park 9/22/2007 Texas Austin Capitol Grounds 9/23/2007 Texas Brownsville Lincoln Park 10/13/2007 Texas Dallas/Fort Worth]] Oak Point Park, Plano 10/13/2007 Texas Flower Mound Parker Square 11/3/2007 Texas Houston Stude Park / White Oak Hike & Bike Trail 11/3/2007 Texas Wichita Falls Lucy Park 10/13/2007 Utah Provo Provo Canyon's Parkway Trail 10/6/2007 Vermont Brattleboro Brattleboro Masonic Center 10/13/2007 Vermont Burlington Battery Park 10/6/2007 Virginia Fairfax Station Burke Lake 10/13/2007 Virginia Hampton Roads Mount Trashmore, Virginia Beach 10/6/2007 Virginia Reston Reston Town Center 10/7/2007 Virginia Winchester Winchester Moose Lodge 9/29/2007 Washington Seattle Seattle Waterfront 10/27/2007 Wisconsin Burlington MGA Research Corp. 11/3/2007 Wisconsin Fond du Lac Marian College 10/19/2007 Wisconsin Madison Vilas Park 9/30/2007
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