Lansing / Capital Area Walk

Join us on September 16, 2017

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Event Details

Walk Date: 09/16/2017
Walk Location: Hawk Island Park - Lansing, MI
Check-in/Registration Time: 09/16/2017 at 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 11:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:30 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Vicky Powelson 
Contact Phone: 517-526-2313 
Contact Email:


Welcome to the Lansing/Capital Area
Out of the Darkness Community Walk
 Saturday, September 16, 2017


Registration: 9:00am - 10:30am
Opening Ceremony:    10:30am
Walk Begins:  11:00am
Closing Ceremony: 12:30pm








Hawk Island County Park is a 100 acre park, located on Cavenaugh Road, between Pennsylvania Ave and Aurelius Rd in south Lansing. The walk will be approx. 3 miles on paved walkways.


Download the 2017 Lansing/Capital Area SPONSORSHIP PACKETWith sponsorship opportunities starting at only $250, this is a perfect opportunity for large and small businesses to play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community. All sponsors will receive marketing and publicity benefits!


Download the 2017 Lansing/Capital Area 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!

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness

Post to your Facebook page and add the Out of the Darkness Link, or direct link to your fundraising page. 


If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #20x2025 to your tweets!


Remember your LinkedIn connections!


Share your photos! 


There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event.  Tell your story about why you walk!


Individually raise $150 by 09/16/2017 and receive an official 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. 


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 9:00 am. 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.


Team Tent Area

New this year we are allowing teams to bring their 10x10 tents and set up in a designated area to spend time together before and after the event. Bring picnic fixings for a wonderful lunch after the walk at the beautiful park.

Think of it as tailgating before the event!! 


Art Activity Tent


We will be having a small art project that walkers will be able to take home with them thanks to Painted Teal in Grand Ledge!!

Silent Auction

We will have a Silent Auction table with items donated by members of the community. The Silent Auction will begin at 9:30 am and will continue throughout the walk until the closing ceremonies begin (approximately 1230pm). The winner of each auction item must be present to win.


Take your team photos with some of our #stopsuicide props to share on social media to spread awareness!


Remembrance Tent

Be sure to bring a photo of your loved one to be displayed in the remembrance tent. Write a letter to your loved one.


Leave a message of hope and love for those lost to the tragedy of suicide, or for yourself as a reminder of how important it is to stay around.

Honor Beads:

Everyone will be able to pick up honor beads that represent their journey and connection to the cause. We will also be doing an Honor Beads ceremony to highlight one person for each connection and share their stories.

Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental illness can feel like no one understands what you are going through. Unlike other illnesses, it is difficult to look at someone and know their connection.

The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance and a walk that unites a community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. We all wear honor beads - each color shows our personal connection to the cause, and helps us identify others who understand our experience


Get your Be The Voice t-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, socks, hats, umbrellas and more!!




Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the event. AND - with a $10 donation, you can pick up an AFSP Pooch bandana at the Paws for Prevention Tent.

Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the walk!

Online registration closes at noon the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.

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


Sponsored By

Bridgewaters Interior
Clark Construction Company
Dart Bank
Emergent BioSolutions
Flagstar Bank
Graff Chevrolet Okemos Inc.
Keusch Tire & Towing
McLaren Greater Lansing
Michigan Gastroenterology Institute
Painted Teal
Peckham, Inc
Perspectives Therapy Services
Professional Employee Council of Sparrow Hospital
Schafer’s Landscape Supply
UAW Local 724
Uncle John's Cider Mill
United Food Service Solutions

Quick Stats

$77,458.18 Raised
1,029 Participants

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