Williston Walk

Join us on September 14, 2019


Event Details

Walk Date: 09/14/2019
Walk Location: Skadeland Gym, Williston State College / Harmon Park - Williston, ND
On-Site Registration Opens: 10:00 am-10:45 am
Opening Ceremony: 10:45 am-11:00 am
Walk Begins: 11:00 am
Lunch/Resources/Final Silent Auction bidding in Harmon Park: 12:30 pm
Special Gust Miss ND Haley Wolfe: 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Resources and Networking: 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Auction Winners Announced/Closing Ceremony: 1:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Walk Ends: 2:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Lynn Thomas 
Contact Phone: 701-570-8914 
Contact Email: willistonwalk@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 Williston 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 begin from the Skadeland Gym/WSC to University Avenue. Walkers will proceed North to 18th Street East. The Walk will turn West (left) on 18th Street and continue to 2nd Ave West. Turn South (left) on 2nd Ave West and follow to Harmon Park at the corner of 2nd Ave West and 11th Street East. The Walk will end at the band shell in Harmon Park. 

Return transportation to Williston State College will be provided by Northwest Dakota Public Transit starting at 1pm.

Become a Sponsor

Download the Williston 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!

Help Spread the Word!

Download the Williston 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!
  Follow Us! 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 09/14/2019 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. 


Pets, with the exception of service animals are not allowed inside the Skadeland Gym/WSC. However, they may accompany walkers and be present at the festivities at Harmon Park in accordance with all city ordinances regarding leash laws and breeds. If you choose to bring your pet, you will be responsible for their care and behavior. Please be respectful of other walkers.

Activities of Hope and Healing


There will be tables at the park from various local and national organizations offering materials and services in support of the Walk.


Lunch will be provided in Harmon Park by the grill team of Oasis Petroleum. Beverages along the route and at lunch will be provided by Coca-Cola of Williston. 

Guest Speaker

We are pleased to announce that Miss North Dakota Haley Wolfe will be speaking at the Williston Out of the Darkness Walk. She will be delivering a message of hope and mental health awareness. Her platform is teen suicide prevention.

Silent Auction

This year will feature a variety of items donated by local businesses for our silent auction. Walk participants will be able to view the items and place their bids during On-Site registration from 10:00 am - 10:45 am in the Skadeland Gym at Williston State College. Winners will be announced during the festivities at Harmon Park.

If you would like to make a donation to the silent auction, please deliver to:

Our Redeemer's Church 
c/o Mona/WillistonWalk 
1024 6th St W, Williston, ND 58801

We are accepting donations until August 31, 2019.

Memory Slideshow

Each year we walk to honor the memory of our loved ones and to reinforce our efforts in suicide prevention. The Williston Walk will feature a digital slideshow of our loved ones which will play during the On-Site Registration at Williston State College. 
If you would like to submit a photo, please email a single image (text overlay is optional, NO video) to:
Willistonwalk@gmail.com. Please place MEMORY PHOTO in the subject line. 

Please be respectful of other participants and the overall message of the Williston Out of the Darkness Walk when selecting your photo. Inappropriate content will be returned to sender. All photo files will be deleted after the walk is completed.

Out of the Darkness Wall

Participants will be provided with a battery operated candle which they may place in the Out of the Darkness Wall. The Wall will be left in the park over night to honor loved ones and to remind the community that every life matters. Together we can save lives and there is hope in the fight against 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.

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.

Thank you!

Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters:

Thank you to all those who helped plan and volunteered on the day of the event. Thank you to those who donated items to the silent auction. We would also like to thank our walkers and those who so willingly gave to our walk teams. Our Williston Out of the Darkness Walk took in over $41,000 to raise awareness and 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.

The Williston Out of the Darkness Walk Board:




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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