Minot Experience

Join us on September 13, 2020


Event Details

Date: 09/13/2020
Location: Oak Park, Shelter #7 - Minot, ND
Registration Time: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Drive/Walk Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Twyla & Cellest Hofer (701-720-5064) 
Contact Phone: 701-720-1144 
Contact Email: minotootd@gmail.com

Please join us for Minot’s 11th Annual Suicide Prevention and Awareness outdoor event Sunday September 13th at Oak Park starting at Noon. This year’s pandemic has made safety measures a must so we will give attendees an option to walk in staggered groups or stay in their cars and drive through the event. Attendees will be asked to wear masks. Don’t have one? We will have some available. The usual activities such as vendors/resource tables, beads, shirts, merchandise, group photographs , rock painting  and a to-go meal will be spaced out for your protection.  

We are encouraging all to pre-register free online at afsp.org/minot to avoid lines. If you are not pre-registered, free registration at the park will begin at 12. Pre-registered individuals can cruise along to pick up items as needed, no need to slow you down by checking in. Choose to drive through, tune in to 107.5 FM to hear the announcements so you don’t miss a thing! Show your support by decorating your vehicle with car decals available through Facebook posted events or at the park on Sept 13th

Money will be accepted on the day of walk and fundraising will continue through Dec 31st


Now taking volunteers to provide curb side service!!!!! Register now to keep up with any changes, it’s free and we love to see all the participants on event day. We will have masks on but smiling behind them. Hope is not cancelled! We are in this together! Join us for Hope, Awareness, Remembrance, and Education. 

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Minot Experience

Walk/Drive Route

The walk will begin at the entrance to the park and will follow the designated walking path. 1 lap will be approximately 1.3 miles. Walkers can choose to make 2 laps and will pass the shelter for those who choose to only walk 1 lap. A light meal will be provided at the end of the walk route in to-go containers.

The drive will begin at the entrance to the park and will follow the designated driving path. Tune into 107.5 FM to hear information during the event. Vehicles will be directed into the parking lot at the end of the route where the meal will be handed out in to-go boxes.

Paws for Prevention

Dogs on leashes are allowed in Oak Park.

Resource Fair

Information/resource tables hosted by local businesses and non-profit organizations will be placed between the walking and driving paths. Volunteers will be available at each area to deliver information and there will be opportunities to speak with the agencies along the route. 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 would like more information on having a booth at out event, please download our application packet.   

Become a Sponsor

Download the Minot Out of the Darkness Community Walk SPONSORSHIP PACKETWith sponsorship opportunities starting at only $250 as a Hope Sponsor, 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 Minot Out of the Darkness Walk Flyer to send to family and friends and display in your community.  Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness

  Follow us on Facebook! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page.  View our event page

  Follow us on Twitter! If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #outofthedarkness to your tweets!
Follow us on Instagram! Share and tag your photos with #outofthedarkness! Spread the word and ask for support by sharing the videos and social shares in walker central


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 09/13/2020 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 donations the day of the Walk.

Family Activities

Please bring a decorated rock and place along the route. Rocks can be painted in any design, or have words of hope to encourage others

The photo banner will be available to take family or group photos in a designated area at the end of the route located in the Shelter #7 Parking lot.

Activities of Hope and Healing

Our memory wall will be placed at the end of the route. If you would like photos, notes, or memorabilia placed on the memory wall, please email them to minotootd@gmail.com. Cards will be handed out at the beginning of the route for those that wish to write a note at the event. They will be collected at the end of the route by a volunteer and placed on the memory wall. We ask that all items be 8.5”x11” or smaller.

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. Learn more by watching our honor bead video.

Day of Walk Events

Merchandise for Purchase – We will be holding a live sale of merchandise online, prior to the event for the opportunity to purchase AFSP apparel. We are offering free in town delivery as well as delivery at the start of the event. There will also be an option to purchase items at the event or place an order for items not on hand. Currently, we have Car Decals in six different designs and multi-use Bandanas.

Rock Painting – Bring a pre-painted/decorated rock to the event and place it along the route.

Memory Wall – We will have paper items available at the start of the walk. Feel free to bring your own items!

Temporary Tattoos – Water free temporary tattoos will be available for all to wear and support AFSP.

Food – A light meal will be provided at the end of the route.

After Walk Events

Silent Auction – We will hold an online auction for items that have been donated. We will update everyone with more information as it becomes available.

Pampered Chef Fundraiser – More information will be sent out once received.

The Out of the Darkness Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, and support. It unites our communities and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.

If you're looking for resources, please visit www.afsp.org/resources.


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