Dutchess and Ulster Counties Walk

Join us on September 29, 2019


Event Details

Walk Date: 09/29/2019
Walk Location: Walkway Over the Hudson - Highland, NY
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:30 am
Walk Begins: 11:15 am
Walk Ends: 1:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Diane Missasi (Ulster Co) & Nicole Bybel (Dutchess Co, DCUCafsp@gmail.com 845-416-4285) 
Contact Phone: 914-388-3801 
Contact Email: dmissasi57@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 Dutchess and Ulster Counties 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.

About the Walk

This Walk is family and pet-friendly.

After Party Fundraiser

Sloop @ the Factory in East Fishkill (755 East Dr., Suite 106, Hopewell Jct.)  is hosting the "Official After Party Fundraiser" to support the Dutchess/Ulster Out of the Darkness Walk!

From 1-8 PM (closing time; kitchen closes 7:30 PM), 15% of customer checks (including food, beverage, merchandise) will be donated to the Walk.  JOIN US!

Become a Sponsor

Download the Dutchess and Ulster Counties Walk 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!

Upload sponsor agreement and logo online.

Walk Planning Meetings

The last Tuesday of each month from 6-7 pm at Oakwood Friends School (22 Spackenkill Rd., Poughkeepsie).
Can’t make it to the meeting? Call in at 1-800-882-3610, guest code: 1398710

Create a Gift Basket

This year, we are asking all team captains to create a gift basket that we will raffle off at your walk. 

All the money collected from your basket will then go towards your walk team. 
Have each team member donate one item to the basket.

The better your basket, the more people will want it and the money more your team will get!
It's an easy and fun way to raise money!

Did your loved one enjoy baking? Create a basket with a cupcake pan, baking utensils, box of cake mix and an apron.

Was your loved one a huge movie fan? Do a basket with different kinds of popcorn, 2 movie theater tickets, candy.

Are you walking for YOU? What do you love to do in your spare time? Make a basket that best represents YOU!

All we ask is that you let Maria (914-610-9156) know which walk you are participating in and what type of basket your team will be doing. 

We can't wait to see what you will be creating!

Help Spread the Word!

Download the Dutchess and Ulster Counties Walk 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

  Follow Us! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page.  View 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 09/29/2019 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. 

Special Thanks

Special thanks to UnitedHealth Group for sponsoring the Dutchess and Ulster Counties Walk.


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.

Accepted at Walk:

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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