Omaha Walk

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Event Details

Walk Date: 09/09/2018
Walk Location: Lewis & Clark Landing - Omaha, NE
Check-in/Registration Time: 09/09/2018 at 11:00 am
Walk Begins: 1:30 pm
Walk Ends: 4:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Amy Reed (info below) & Laura Gregory (402-301-3966 / lauralgregory@gmail.com) 
Contact Phone: 402-208-6866 
Contact Email: yankeefan73@cox.net

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. Registration is free and open to the public. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

Welcome to the 14th Annual Omaha

Out of the Darkness Walk

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.

SCHEDULE

Registration Opens: 11:00 am
Event Festivities: 11:00 am - 1:45 pm
Opening Ceremony: 1:40 pm
Walk Begins: 2:00 pm
Walk Ends: 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

 

WALK ROUTE & PARKING MAP

The Marked WALK ROUTE Begins and Ends at Lewis and Clark Landing.  To begin, we’ll head North on the Riverfront Path, around the outside of GALLUP, West up Abbott Dr up to 10th Street, turning left and head South in front of Century Link Center to Capital Avenue, where the route turns left, heading East down Capital Ave , curving to 8th Street. From there, we will turn left on Dodge Street, over the train tracks, and following River Front Drive, Crossing at the appropriate cross areas back to Lewis and Clark Landing. 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

A huge thank you to all our sponsors!  Click on their logos on the bottom of the page to be taken to their websites!

TOP INDIVIDUAL FUNDRAISERS AND TOP FUNDRAISING TEAMS

Each year, the Opening Ceremony at the Omaha Out of the Darkness includes a Balloon Release, with 9 bags of balloons, each containing 9 balloons, one of each of the Honor Colors. This year, we would like to honor the Top 4 Fundraising Individuals and Top 4 Fundraising Teams by asking them to release a set of balloons during the Opening Ceremony Balloon Release. The 9th bag of balloons that will be released by another group of people (Walk Committee).  If a Top 4 Fundraiser and a Top 4 Fundraiser Team are the same person/people/team, they will be allowed to release more than one bag of balloons. We will ask the top fundraisers pre-Opening Ceremony to come up to the stage for the balloons and release instructions. 

HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

Download the 14th Annual Omaha 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.   Follow us on Facebook @AFSPNebraska and click here to like our event page!

 

We're on Twitter!  Are you? If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #OutoftheDarkness and #20x2025 to your tweets!  Follow us! AFSPNebraska

 
 

Remember your LinkedIn connections!

 


Yep, we're on Instagram, too! @AFSPNebraska

 

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

T-SHIRTS

Each INDIVIDUAL raising $150 by 09/09/2018 will 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. 

RAFFLES!

Through generous donations from businesses in and around the metro, we will be raffling off dozens of prizes! Buy your tickets day of walk!  Must have your ticket to receive prize! CASH ONLY AT RAFFLE TABLE!!! 

Regular Raffle Tickets (Prize Packages/Prizes Valued between $50 - $75)

Large Raffle Tickets (Prize Packages/Prizes Valued OVER $150)

RESOURCE CENTER

     

Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the resource center.  Information tables hosted by local businesses and non-profit organizations will open at 11:00AM.  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.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Kids Activities will include Lemonade the Balloon Twister, Temporary Tattoos, Ring Toss and MORE! Family Games will be available also!  Including Jumbo Jenga, Beanbag Toss, Frisbee Toss & MORE! 

GET YOUR KIDS IN ON THE FUNDRAISING ACTION!! The “Change for Change Challenge” IS BACK!! Collect your change and bring it over to the Kids Area on Walk Day! Volunteers will be on hand to count your change!  The kiddo with the most change in your age category (0-5; 6-10; 11-16) wins an awesome prize!!!! Collections will end when pre-Opening Ceremony begins!  START CHECKING THE COUCH CUSHIONS!!

 

ACTIVITIES OF HOPE AND HEALING

Remembrance Wall:

Once again, this year we will have a Remembrance Wall.  Please, bring a photo of loved ones you have lost, put it up in the Remembrance Wall, and take it back at the end of the event. We’ll have clips that will match Honor Bead colors to place the photos up on the walls.  

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

WHITE - LOST A CHILD 

RED -  LOST A SPOUSE OR PARTNER 

GOLD - LOST A PARENT 

ORANGE - LOST A SIBLING 

PURPLE - LOST A RELATIVE OR FRIEND 

SILVER -  LOST FIRST RESPONDER / MILITARY

GREEN - STRUGGLED PERSONALLY

BLUE - SUPPORT THE CAUSE

TEAL - FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF SOMEONE WHO STRUGGLES

 

 

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

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