Ocean City Walk

Join us on September 23, 2017

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Event Details

Walk Date: 09/23/2017
Walk Location: Ocean City Boardwalk & Caroline Street - Ocean City, MD
Check-in/Registration Time: 09/23/2017 at 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Jessica Sexauer & Monica Martin (410)629-0164 x147 monica.martin@maryland.gov 
Contact Phone: 410-632-3648 
Contact Email: jessica.sexauer@maryland.gov


Welcome to the Ocean City
Out of the Darkness Campus Walk

Saturday, September 23, 2017

For the most current walk updates please like our Facebook Page.


Registration: 9:00am -- 10:00am
Opening Ceremony:  10:00am
Walk Begins:   10:15am
Walk Ends:  12:00pm


We will meet at Caroline Street and the Boardwalk in Ocean City, MD.


Download the Ocean City SPONSORSHIP PACKET. With 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 Ocean City Out of the Darkness  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!


There are a number of opportunities available to help with the Ocean City Out of the Darkness Walk. Volunteers are invited to participate in the planning process and to assist on the day of the event. Please contact Monica Martin at monica.martin@maryland.gov for more details!


Raise $150 by 09/23/2017 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 8:30 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.

If you are a community partner and would like to table at the Ocean City Out of the Darkness Walk please email us at: monica.martin@maryland.gov

AFSP Store:

Stop by our AFSP Store and purchase “Be the Voice” or “Out of the Darkness” swag. Proceeds will go to the Ocean City Out of the Darkness Walk! 

Click here to view AFSP Apparel!


Also beginning at 8:30 am, you can participate in our memorial activities. We will have memory activities within our remembrance area. Team shirts, honor beads, posters, photos, and pins honoring your loved one are always welcome.

Honor Beads:

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

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 AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

As the leader in the fight against suicide, and thanks to walkers like you from cities across the country, 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.


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Quick Stats

$32,078.30 Raised
532 Participants

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