East End Long Island Walk

Join us on September 30, 2018


Event Details

Walk Date: 09/30/2018
Walk Location: Long Island Aquarium - Riverhead, NY
Check-in/Registration Time: 10:00 am, Main Street Terrace Room Hyatt Hotel (attached to aquarium)
Walk Begins: 11:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Ann Morrison 
Contact Phone: 516-869-4215 
Contact Email: amorrison@afsp.org

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 East End Long Island Walk





10:00am – 11:00am

Opening Ceremony:

10:45 am

Walk Begins: 

11:00 am

Walk Ends:

12:00 pm

Penguin Meet and Greet and VIP luncheon*

12:00 pm




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.


Although there is no fee to walk and there is not a fundraising requirement, every dollar raised helps the AFSP Long Island Chapter bring much needed suicide prevention and support programs tour local communities. 
Walkers* who raise $150 or more, will be given access to the aquarium where they will be greeted by penguins, before heading to the Riverhead Room for refreshments and given all day access to the aquarium attractions. 

Walkers who do not meet the $150 fundraising minimum will be given the opportunity to purchase discounted admission tickets ($15) to the aquarium for access to the attractions. 

*Admission to penguin meet and greet, luncheon and aquarium access is based on $150 raised per person above the age of 3.  For example, a family of 4 with children over 3 must raise $600. 

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

Personalize your walker page online.  Telling your story will make those who see your page feel more emotionally
connected to you and the cause.  If you’re a team captain, be sure to personalize your team page! 
Donate to yourself, even if just a modest sum of $20, to show others you are committed to the cause. It’s easier to ask others for money if they see you have also donated. 

Share your page and story with others.  It’s OK to ask for donations!  And you may have to ask several times – that’s OK too! 


84 cents of every dollar goes right into our programs.  We are committed to bringing mental health awareness and suicide prevention training to Long Island schools, colleges, universities, community groups, and local corporations.  Last year we conducted over 75 individual community/school trainings affecting over 3,000 Long Islanders.  The money raised from the East End Walk will be targeted to be spent on programs on the East End of Long Island.

Our Survivor Outreach Program sent trained volunteers to provide support to suicide loss survivors in their home.  This community support has proven to be vital in helping loved ones process their loss, get connected with support services, and help begin the journey to heal.  

We strengthened our partnership with military veteran groups across Long Island conducted targeted training for those working with veterans, and have partnered with the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration to provide additional support to this at risk population. 

We participated in the New York State and Washington D.C annual Advocacy Forum where we represented Long Island and visited congressmen and Senators to advocate for mental health parity and suicide prevention and education. 

These are just a few of the achievements we made last year, none of which could have happened without the support of our sponsors and our Out of the Darkness Walkers who helped raise funds. 


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 you can send them in earlier by using an offline donation form.  Click here download the form.   Donations for the walk will be accepted until December 31, 2018 


Download the East End Long Island 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. 


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!



Raise $150 by 09/30/2018 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. 

*Total team dollars raised does not count towards earning a shirt.  Only those individuals raising $150 or more individually will qualify for a 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. All registered walkers are also eligible for recognition gifts for fundraising milestones throughout the season. Check out some of the additional fundraising incentive “thank you” gifts from our National Walks Program.


Any team who raises $1,000 or more by August 15, 2018 will be listed as a local sponsor on the back of the Walk T Shirt

Teams raising at least $250 will qualify for a free personalized tribute sign along the walk route. Click here to download the tribute sign form.  

The top 10 fundraisers* will receive a VIP Parking Space.  Park up front in a spot reserved just for you!  Can you make it into the Top 10?

The team that raises the most funds posted online by September 28th (the Friday before the event) will carry the AFSP banner and lead the walk route!

*top ten fundraisers will be determined based on funds posted by September 28, 2018


Volunteer with us and help make this year's event a success. Our walk is planned and managed by volunteers just like YOU and we would love to have your help. Volunteers assist with everything from set-up and breakdown to food and beverage stations, to route support, and much more!

All volunteers must be confirmed for event day no later than September 15th.  Please email longislandny@afsp.org if you are interested in volunteering to find out more information.  


If you are a survivor of suicide loss, we will have several memory activities within our Remembrance Area. You may bring a photo of your loved one to display in this area as well. (Please bring a copy, not an original!) Team shirts, posters, pins, etc. honoring your loved one are always welcome.


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.


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 8:30 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. 


The walk is a family friendly event and we encourage you to bring your children.  If you raise at least $150 per person ( all participants ages 3 and over so for a family of 4 with children over 3 you must raise $600) you will be given access to a penguin meet and greet, refreshments and all day access to aquarium activities.   If you don’t meet the fundraising requirement, you can purchase discounted aquarium entrance admissions tickets for $15 per person.  


We will have AFSP Tee shirts, sweatshirts, wristbands and lots of other awareness materials for sale during the walk.   Be sure to plan ahead and bring cash to purchase items!


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

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