Capital Region Walk for R.I.T.A.

Join us on September 23, 2018

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Event Details

Walk Date: 09/23/2018
Walk Location: Saratoga Spa State Park - Saratoga Springs, NY
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Opening Ceremony: 10:30 am
Walk Begins: 11:00 am
Walk Ends/Closing Ceremony: 12:30 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Brynn Miltner (below) & Andrew Leece (518-423-5441, a.leece@yahoo.com) 
Contact Phone: 518-396-7359 
Contact Email: brynn.miltner@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. Registration is free and open to the public. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Capital Region Walk for R.I.T.A. Sunday, September 23

Saratoga Spa State Park, Orenda Pavilion

Difficulty registering, have questions or need help with fundraising ideas? 
Contact Laura at 518-791-1544 or lmarx@afsp.org

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.

DIRECTIONS & PARKING

The Orenda Pavilion is located inside the Saratoga Spa State Park.  It is best to park in the SPAC (Saratoga Performing Arts Center) parking lot. Please enter the lot from Route 50 and follow signs for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walk.  Volunteers will be available to direct you in the best place to park.  Handicap parking will be available. Further directions can be found here.

*Please note – if you enter the Saratoga Spa State Park, you will need to pay $8 to enter and there is limited parking near the pavilion*

WALK ROUTE

The walk route is approximately 2 miles through the Saratoga Spa State Park beginning and ending at the Orenda Pavilion. Please stay on the walk route and follow the instructions of volunteers that will be stationed on the route. The route is stroller, wheelchair and dog friendly.  For the safety of all participants, the majority of this walk route is within the park.  Awareness comes from the activities leading up to the walk such as radio PSA’s, digital billboards, media interviews, newspaper articles, team events and so much more. 

BECOME A SPONSOR!

Download the Capital Region Walk for R.I.T.A. SPONSORSHIP PACKET. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $150 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! ​

HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

Download the Capital Region Walk for R.I.T.A. 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!  Connect to our Facebook event page for up to date event and program information.  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!

T-SHIRTS

Raise $150 by 09/23/2018 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. 

VOLUNTEER!

Lots of volunteers are needed on the day of the walk to help make it a success.  Interested? Download our volunteer event form here

TEAM INCENTIVES

We are proud to offer our teams the following opportunities:

Teams raising $5,000+ by August 24 will:

Teams raising $2,500 by September 4 will:

Teams raising $1,250 by September 4 will:

The top fundraising team overall will have the opportunity to lead off the walk with the parade banner.

Not part of a team, no worries. Individuals raising $750 or more by September 4 can also have the opportunity to submit a photo with a brief message of person they are walking in memory of to be placed on a walk sign during the walk.

All money must be on the online fundraising page by the deadline listed above to qualify. For teams that qualify for any of these incentives, you will be contacted by someone from the planning committee.  Questions? Contact Laura at lmarx@afsp.org.

RESOURCE FAIR

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

Information tables will be available hosted by local businesses and non-profit organizations.  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.

Know an organization that may want a resource table at the event?  Download our resource table form here.

ACTIVITIES OF HOPE AND HEALING

Memory Board

Lifekeeper Memory Quilts featuring our newest 2018 quilt

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

 

MERCHANDISE

Some great AFSP merchandise will be available for sale including items from our Be The Voice line. 

ABOUT R.I.T.A.

Dr. Rita Leighton was a woman of substance. She was young, vibrant, and had much to offer the world around her. Though she waged her private battle with depression, she reached an end to her ability to cope, and in October of 2004, Rita died by suicide, leaving behind a grief-stricken partner and a devastated group of friends.

In September 2005, a walk was held in Saratoga, NY with amazing results of the grassroot efforts of a small group of people working together to raise over $28,000 for suicide prevention. In the years since that first walk, there has been an opportunity to broaden the circle to include more people who have lost loved ones to suicide, those who have survived their own suicide attempts, and those surviving the daily struggle with mental illness.

Dr. Rita's friends chose to partner with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) because of its stellar reputation and the annual Out of the Darkness Walk for R.I.T.A. is now one of the more than 350 walks across the country. 

Though our circle grows, "Rita" remains the root of our efforts. 

R.I.T.A. 
REMEMBRANCE...INTERVENTION...TOGETHER WE CAN BRING...AWARENESS!

 

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.

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.

 

 

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

Sponsored By

Alpin Haus
Ballston Spa National Bank
Four Winds Hospital Saratoga
New York State Capital District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association
Northville 5 & 10 Inc.