Washington DC Walk

Join us on September 20, 2014

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Event Details
Where Sylvan Theatre – Washington Monument
Washington, District of Columbia
Starts 09/20/2014 @ 5:30 pm
Ends 7:30 pm
Check-in Time 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Registration Cutoff 09/19/2014 12:00 pm
Donation Cutoff 01/01/2015 12:00 am
Contact Kelley M. Willitts
Phone 301-523-0387
E-mail Address kelleyw@barquin.com

*Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk during the check-in times listed above. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP) signature fundraising campaign, bringing together family, friends, colleagues, and supporters at 3-5 mile walks in hundreds of communities across the country.

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you join the effort with thousands of people to raise funds and awareness for AFSP's vision to create a world without suicide. 

Click the Register Now! button at the top of the page to get started right away.



Registration:  3:00—5:30pm

(Required for all participants)

  • Opening Ceremony:                    5:00 pm
  • Walk Begins:                             5:45 pm
  • Closing Ceremony:                     7:00pm


♦ See Schedule of Events, below, for more information


This year’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk will be Washington DC’s 8th Annual Walk; help us to make it our most successful yet!

Platinum Level Sponsors


Click HERE for a detailed map of the walk route!


Download the 2014 Washington DC’s Walk Flyer to send to family and friends and display in your community.  Encourage everyone you know to REGISTER, DONATE, and JOIN the movement to save lives. 

Together we can save lives and keep the memories of those we have lost to suicide alive.


If you would like to become a sponsor of the 2014 DC Community Walk, please click here to download our Sponsorship Information Packet and Sponsorship Form; you can also distribute these to any business owners you think may be interested in sponsorship opportunities.

Sponsorship starts at only $250 and comes with marketing and publicity benefits! 



Raise $150 by September 20th and receive a 2014 Out of the Darkness Walk T-shirt!   

Remember, in addition to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in additional cash or check donations at the Registration table the day of the Walk.



 Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the Walk!    


Register your four-legged friend, putting PET at the end of their last name. For a $10 donation your furry friend will receive their very own AFSP Pooch Bandana!



Resource Fair

Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the Resources area.

Information tables hosted by local businesses and non-profit organizations will open at 3:00 pm.  This will be an opportunity to gather literature, hear about upcoming events, and connect with others who are dedicated to raising awareness of mental illness and suicide, strengthening prevention efforts, and providing support to those impacted by suicide loss.



Kids’ Crafts

Our younger Walkers, and those who are young-at-heart, will be able to

enjoy free craft activities at the Walk.




Honor Beads

Please remember to pick up your Honor Beads at the Walk to acknowledge your personal connection                                      to the cause and to help you identify with others who may know just how you feel.


Memory Quilt

This year we are offering the opportunity for walkers to share their story and honor the memory of their loved one by crafting a quilt square for an AFSP Lifekeeper Memory Quilt.  It's easy to do—no sewing skills are needed, 

AFSP Lifekeeper Memory Quilts are collaborative tributes created by survivors of suicide loss that are publicly displayed at local and national events in order to put a human face on the tragedy of suicide and the devastating toll it has taken on our families and communities.  Each quilt is comprised of fabric squares that have been crafted by different survivors with photos, drawings, text, or embroidery in memory of loved ones who have taken their lives.

For more information on AFSP Remembrance Quilts, including how to submit your square, click here.  


Please note:  All squares must be submitted no later than July 15, 2014 to provide our volunteers enough time to have your square sewn onto the quilt for display at the walk.



Book of Remembrance

The theme for this year's walk is "Remembrance." On the day of the walk, prior to the opening ceremony, be sure to take a moment to share your stories, memories, and photos with the community by adding them to the DC Book of Remembrance.  Let the community know for whom you’re walking. 

The wall will be unveiled during the closing ceremony.  

Please help us to keep the memories of our loved ones alive by adding your memories to the Wall.



This year is the first year we are attempting to have an interactive participant wall actively updating and displaying your photos and messages!

It’s easy- all you have to do is use the hashtag #AFSPDCwalk2014  on any Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter posts that you would like us to include.

We will be showing all social media uploads that include our hashtags posted anytime between now and the walk.





Social media sites are a great way to let friends and family know why you’ve chosen to participate in the walk this year as well as a perfect starting place for your fundraising efforts. Tweet, post, update, and promote the walk and let everyone know your fundraising goal!

Some ideas for social media posts include:

  • Sharing your personal story; let people know why this cause is so important to you, and why you are choosing to walk this year
  • Sharing memories of loved ones lost to suicide
  • Encouraging friends and followers to join your walk team by including the link to our registration page
  • Directly asking your friends to contribute to your donation goal by sharing the link to your personal fundraising page
  • Sharing AFSP’s resources for people who are struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, people who are grieving the loss of a loved one, or people who are worried about someone they care about



Most importantly…be creative, and be sure to include the tag #AFSPDCWalk2014 in all your posts!

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To keep up to date with all our news and events, follow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, National Capital Area Chapter today:  www.afsp.org/ncac






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Quick Stats

$186,934.23 Raised
1,661 Participants
If you are in crisis, call
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