Ocean City Walk

Join us on September 22, 2018


Event Details

Walk Date: 09/22/2018
Walk Location: Caroline Street and Ocean City Boardwalk - Ocean City, MD
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:30 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Jessica Sexauer 
Contact Phone: 410-632-3366 
Contact Email: jessica.sexauer@maryland.gov

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 Ocean City Walk



Registration: 9:00am
Opening Ceremony:    10:00am
Walk Begins:  10:30am
Closing Ceremony: 12:00pm

Thank you for your interest in the Ocean City Out of the Darkness Community Walk! Together, as a community, we raise our voices for suicide prevention and mental health. This is a family friendly event.


Although fundraising is optional and there is no minimum fundraising requirement (and no fee to walk), each dollar raised helps us deliver suicide prevention programs both in Maryland and nationally. With last year's Walk fundraising, our Maryland Chapter was able to educate over 2,000 Marylanders on suicide prevention. We educated middle/high school students, their parents and educators. We talked to active duty military members and veterans. Spoke at churches, community centers, libraries, and senior homes. We hosted our second annual State Capitol Day in Annapolis and talked to legislators about how suicide affects Maryland and how we can start reducing the annual suicide rate by 20 percent by 2025. We organized 10 Survivor Day events, including one for Gold Star Families, and hosted a “Facilitating a Bereavement Support Group for Teens and Children” training. Your donation also contributed to over $4.6 million in scientific research grants awarded by AFSP on a national level.

There are 3 small things you can do to kick-start your fundraising work:

You are also welcome to hold your own third-party fundraiser and use those funds raised toward your individual or team goal. Contact us for supporting your private fundraiser: jessica.sexauer@maryland.gov. We can help promote your event to other walkers and supporters.

This website is designed for online donations. On the day of the walk, you can also bring cash or checks (made out to “American Foundation for Suicide Prevention” or "AFSP"). And don’t miss our Walker Central website for some great tips and some great social media apps to help you promote your walk participation.


The official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirts are our "Thank You" gift for those who raise $150 on or before 9/22/2018 walk day.

The Ocean City walk t-shirt includes our major sponsors' logos on the back, so if you know a business that would like to be included, please have them contact our walk chair!


It's also a great idea to let your employer know you'll be walking and to let them know we have sponsorship opportunities. Starting at only $250, businesses can show their support to the suicide prevention mission by contributing a tax-deductible financial gift as a sponsor. At the $2,500 sponsor level, the business name/logo will be included on the back of 3 additional Maryland walk t-shirts. All sponsors receive brand visibility and recognition of their support. For more details, please download and review our sponsorship packet.


Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the resources area. Information about local mental health and health organizations will open at 9:00 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.

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


Stop by our Merchandise Store and purchase “Be the Voice”, “HOPE” or “Out of the Darkness” swag. The store accepts cash, checks and credit cards. Proceeds will go back to the Ocean City Out of the Darkness Walk!



The "Celebration of Life" is an event being hosted by the Ocean City Out of The Darkness Walk Committee on the Eve of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Annual Out of the Darkness Walk in Ocean City, MD.

During this celebration, we would like to provide an opportunity for survivors to share memories of loved ones. We will be creating a video to remember those who died by suicide. We are also collecting pictures and short videos of walkers with the theme, “Why We Walk,” that we will share on social media. You can submit pictures along with a brief caption about why you are walking in Out of the Darkness, or a 10- to 30-second video with a message, to Travis Brown travis.brown1@maryland.gov by September 10, 2018. Any photographs of loved ones that you would like to include in the memorial video can also be sent to Travis.

Please note that we will screen the remembrance video during the celebration of life event, which will be attended by walkers and others, and we will post “Why We Walk,” videos and pictures publicly on social media. If you submit pictures or videos but later want to withdraw them for any reason, please contact Travis. If you would prefer to post Why We Walk material to your own social media, we encourage you to use the hashtag #OCDark2Light to tie all of our posts together.

The celebration of life will conclude with a candle light vigil. 

If you are interested in having a few moments to share memories of your loved one or have any questions regarding this event, please contact Monica at monica.martin@maryland.gov or at (410)629-0164 x147.    - The Out of the Darkness Committee


Be sure to stop by our “Why I Walk” button table! You can let other walkers know who you walk for and why this cause is so important to you. Make sure you honor your loved one by signing the “We Remember Them” banner and letting them know you are thinking of them. 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. Grab your honor beads and show why you are walking to fight suicide!

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



About the Location: We will meet at Caroline Street and the Ocean City Board Walk.

Walk Route: We will walk up and down the board walk.

What to Expect at the Walk: The walk will take place rain or shine. We encourage walkers to arrive at 9.00 a.m. when registration opens, so that you have ample time to check-in and then enjoy all of the pre-walk activities we have to offer.


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!

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