Walk Date: 10/21/2017
Walk Location: Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Rd - Lutherville-Timonium, Baltimore, MD
Check-in/Registration Time: 10/21/2017 at 9:30 am
Walk Begins: 11:00 am
Walk Ends: 4:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Keirsten MacLellan
Contact Phone: 443-835-7454
Contact Email: BaltimoreOOTD@gmail.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 from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.
Welcome to the Baltimore
Out of the Darkness Community Walk
Saturday, October 21, 2017
For the most current walk updates please like our Facebook Page.
Coming from Interstate 83 North take Exit 17, Padonia Road, east to York Road, south on York Road to Fairgrounds entrance on the right. Coming from Interstate 83 Take Exit 18, York Road, east, to the Fairgrounds entrance on the left. Please park at The Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD 21093.
The Timonium Light Rail Stop is located a short walk from the entrance to the Fairgrounds near the Cow Palace. The MTA No. 9 bus line also serves the Timonium Park and Ride/Light Rail Stop.
This year we will walk at the Maryland State Fairgrounds at 2200 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland 21093. Please come through the Marquee Gate off York Road, across from a Shell Gas Station and Giant Shopping Center. The picture below shows the aerial view of the lot. We will be parking in the yellow circled area. Follow the Out of the Darkness directional signs. Volunteers will be present to help you park.
We will lap around the infield. This will give us the opportunity to not only hear the DJ, but we will also read the names of our loved ones that we have lost to suicide. If you are interested in having your loved ones name read, please email BaltimoreOOTD@gmail.com or let us know during check-in. The horse track is a mixture of sand and dirt, so please make sure to wear the right footwear. The infield is all grass.
Due to other large events, we are not able to allow any dogs with the exception of service animals. We apologize for the inconvenience!
Download the Baltimore Walk 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 Baltimore 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
There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event. Tell your story about why you walk!
Raise $150 by 10/21/2017 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.
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.
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 10:00 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.
Stop by our AFSP Store and purchase “Be the Voice” or “Out of the Darkness” swag. Proceeds will go back to the Baltimore Out of the Darkness Walk!
Everyone over the age of 5 years needs to register. Make sure to arrive early to check out our resource tables and remembrance activities. After the opening ceremony, we will walk around the Fairgrounds, including to see animals! More detailed information about activities coming soon!
Tree of life:
Decorate a butterfly in remembrance of your loved one! You can write on it, add pictures, and other memories to be hung on the Tree of Life. We provide the butterflies and craft supplies. All you need to bring is a picture of your loved one.
Lifekeeper Memory Quilt:
For the first time The Baltimore Out of the Darkness Walk will display a Lifekeeper Memorial Quilt. The quilts put a human face on the tragedy of suicide and its devastating toll on families and communities. If you have lost a loved one to suicide, you may want to bring family and friends together to create an AFSP Lifekeeper Memory Quilt panel to remember them. Each panel in the quilt tells the story of someone who took their life. The panels are lovingly stitched together, and the quilts are publically displayed at local and national events to remind us that no survivor of suicide loss stands alone.
To add a square for your loved one please email Sara Tagget, Maryland Board Member and Loss & Healing Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 443-745-0862.
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.
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