Yellowstone Valley Walk

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Event Details

Walk Date: 09/16/2018
Walk Location: Veterans Park - Billings, MT
Check-in/Registration Time: 12:30 pm
Walk Begins: 2:15 pm
Walk Ends: 3:45 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Joan Nye 
Contact Phone: 406-321-0591 
Contact Email: joannye@iwks.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 Out of the Darkness Yellowstone Valley Walk

Sunday, September 16

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

Check-in for ALL + Registration: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Silent Auction, Prizes Raffle, Activities: 12: 45 pm - 2:00 pm
Opening Ceremony: 2:00 pm
Walk Begins: 2:15 pm
Collect items won in Silent Auction + Prizes: 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

 

WALK ROUTE

From Veterans Park, the MAIN walk is 3 miles long, with ½ miles option available. People cheer you on at each corner. More water and carbs available at mid-point outside the Adult Resource Alliance building, 1505 Avenue D. Billings, MT. (Porta-potty is there too, on other side of Avenue D, by Sears building automotive shop.) 

     

Parking: We have permission to park in lots of First Presbyterian Church across Poly from Veterans Park, at St. Stephen's Episcopalian Church on 13th West about ½ block south of Veterans Park, at Berkshire Hathway Realtors across Poly from RMC, and Rimrock Professional Center at 17th & Rimrock Dr. You can park behind the RMC athletic building, but PLEASE DON’T PARK NEAR BILLINGS STUDIO THEATER, as they need parking for afternoon performance. Parking is shown on the Walk Route Map.

BECOME A SPONSOR!

Download the Yellowstone Valley Walk SPONSORSHIP PACKET. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $500, 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 Yellowstone Valley Walk Postcard to send to family and friends. For Yellowstone Valley Walk Posters and hard-copy of the Walk Postcard  with suicide prevention information on the back, contact Chair, Joan Nye, 406-321-0591. Encourage everyone you know to REGISTER, DONATE, and JOIN this 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.  Click HERE to let everyone on Facebook know you are participating or interested in the event!

 

If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event with #OutoftheDarkness and  #20x2025 to your tweets!  Follow us as well at @afspMontana

 
 

Remember your LinkedIn connections!

 


Share your photos with #OutoftheDarkness and follow us at @afspMontana 

 

Click HERE to like our Chapter Page!

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 09/16/2018 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 check-in/registration tables at Veterans Park on Walk Day.  EVERYONE CHECKS IN at the largest tent!

SILENT AUCTION AND FUNDRAISING PRIZES

   

In Veterans Park’s Craft House (building with bathrooms) is a silent auction with fabulous items for sale. The bidding closes at 2:00 pm promptly so COME EARLY to bid often and win the auction for item(s) you most want!

Here are just a few examples of donated items in our Silent Auction:
 
Original horse painting by Brenna Tyler, shown above
Handmade quilt by Quilters at Adult Resource Alliance, shown above
Mattress King  $250 Gift Certificate
Domino’s Pizza – Pizza for a year
Billings Symphony Tickets
Dashing Hound Grooming
Great Escape Room
Perkins Certificates & Pies
Yellowstone Art Museum Family Membership
BLM Group, Nashville – Music Artists Autographed CD’s & Photos
Billings Seafood Guys – Crab
Papa John’s Tailgate Party
Exotic Pets Basket
K & N Catered Dinner (in your home)
Backyard Party – BBQ Grill & Accessories

We also have a fundraising prize raffle area in the same building as the Silent Auction. When checking in, EVERYONE receives one free raffle ticket. In addition, for each $50 you have raised by the time you check in, you receive one more raffle ticket. (e.g. Raise $200 by check-in time, and you’ll receive a Walk shirt and 5 raffle tickets.) Take your raffle tickets to the park’s craft house, and put them in the jar(s) by the prize(s) you hope to win!

Many businesses and artists donate items for silent auction or prize tables. If YOU would like to donate a high quality item, please contact Walk Chair Joan Nye (her contact is at top of this Walk webpage).

ACTIVITIES OF HOPE AND HEALING

WE HAVE ACTIVITIES FOR SUICIDE LOSS SURVIVORS from 12:45 – 2:00 pm.

   

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

WE HAVE ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN AND MANY POPULAR “CHARACTERS” IN COSTUME. 

This year a company has donated a fun photo booth. We have a professional photographer who is available to take pictures of participants and teams. 

We provide water and snacks. You’ll find have a truck selling ice cream treats and a truck selling fancy coffee treats. 

     

RESOURCE FAIR

We also have several tables of information from American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and other mental health and suicide prevention resources. Allow time to explore these tables.

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 your business or organization would like to get involved, please reach out to our Walk Chair about Resource Fair opportunities.

MEMORY / HONOR BEADS

FREE BEADS - FIND "YOUR" COLOR(S)

    

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 (SUICIDE PREVENTION)
TEAL - FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF SOMEONE WHO STRUGGLES
 
 
ADDITIONAL EVENTS
 

BIG TAG/GARAGE SALE FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION. Friday-Saturday Aug. 24-25. Location: Little Stone Church, 138 N 4th St, Columbus, MT. Donations accepted – contact Joan Nye joannyeootd@gmail.com or 406-321-0591.  All proceeds go to Yellowstone Valley Out of the Darkness Walk (www.afsp.org/YellowstoneValley).  Please tell others about Walk and this event. 


 
SUICIDE PREVENTION NIGHT AT PIZZA RANCH, 2505 King Ave. West, Billings MT 59102. Thursday Sept. 6, 5-9 pm. When you place order, say “I support suicide prevention,” and 20% of your order will be donated to Walk. All tips in dining room also go to this Walk.  Details on flyer. Please tell others about Walk and this event.  

SUICIDE PREVENTION POKER RUN in Billings area. Sunday, Sept. 9. Registration begins at The Powder Horn at 11:00 am & kickstands up at 12:00 noon. Cost: $10 per poker hand. You can ride any vehicle: motorcycle, car, bike, etc. Details on flyer. ALL MONEY RAISED goes to this Walk.  Please tell others about Walk and this event. 

 

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

A &J Realty, Inc.
Best Music Productions
L.P. Anderson Point S Tire and Auto Co.
Phillips 66
PostNet MT 105
Public Auction Yards / Billings Livestock Commission
Town Pump
Yellowstone Bank
Yellowstone Bank