Northwest Arkansas Walk

Join us on September 8, 2019


Event Details

Walk Date: 09/08/2019
Walk Location: Orchards Park - Bentonville, AR
Check-in/Registration Time: 1:00 pm
Program Begins: 3:00 pm
Walk Begins: 3:45 pm
Closing Ceremony/Walk Ends: 4:30 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Marcey Ball 
Contact Phone: 479-790-3917 
Contact Email:

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 Northwest Arkansas 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.

Walk Route

The walk route will be pretty flat and is about 1.5 miles.  For those who cannot walk that far please do just the memory walk around the pond.  That will be the last leg of the walk with flower placement as well as the memory markers.

Become a Sponsor

Download the NWA SPONSORSHIP PACKET. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $250, 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!

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness

  Follow Us! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page.  Like our event page.

  Follow Us! If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #outofthedarkness to your tweets!

  Remember your LinkedIn connections!
 Share and tag your photos with #outofthedarkness! Spread the word and ask for support by sharing the videos and social shares in walker central (must be logged in)


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 09/08/2019 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. 


Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the event. AND - with a $10 donation, you can pick up an AFSP Pooch bandana at the AFSP Store.

Please adhere to the Bentonville City Ordinance.  All dogs must be leashed.  NO other live animals will be allowed per city ordinance.  Please be sure your dogs are “other dog” and large crowd friendly.

Resource Fair

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

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

Face Painting


Activities of Hope and Healing


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.

There is an honor bead for everyone, whether you have lost a loved one, struggle personally, support a friend and/or family member, or all of the above.

Memory Wall

Write your loved one a message on our chalkboards.

Memory Marker  - $30

Memory Markers are back this year.  These markers are simple, clean and tastefully done.  

To order yours please download this document, complete and return with payment to

AFSP Store

Come early and shop the store and get your tees and hoodies! Cash, Check and cards accepted!


Silent Auction

Many items donated by local businesses will be available to bid on!  Cash, Check and cards will be accepted!

The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, support, and a walk that unites a campus and community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. 

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



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