Greater Ithaca Experience

Join us on September 12, 2020


Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Greater Ithaca Experience

While the Greater Ithaca Out of the Darkness Walk is going to look different this year, our mission to Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide has not changed. We are a strong and resilient community, united in our effort to fight suicide, raise awareness, educate our communities, support those who have lost loved ones, and support those with lived experience. We use our voices and share our stories to provide hope. We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide

Event Details

Date: 09/12/2020
Location: Lansing Town Hall Ball Fields - 29 Auburn Road, Lansing, NY 14882
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Chicken BBQ: 10:30 until sold out

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Crystal Howser (below) and Amber Parker - 607-351-7639 
Contact Phone: 607-351-7911 
Contact Email:

Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.

Why Register? Are we walking this year?

Yes! And no.

Our community has always been the heart of the Out of the Darkness Walks and your safety and well-being will always be our top priority. This year, we will NOT have a traditional, full-on walk as in years past but here's what you can expect:

We will have a drop-in from 10 am - 1 pm on September 12th at the Lansing Town Hall.

Pick up your t-shirts, Honor Beads, resources, and Luminaria, have your picture taken and more, all while following state and local guidelines. Our Opening Ceremony will be posted on our Chapter Facebook page and you are welcome to walk in your neighborhood or at a park with friends and family. Be sure to take pictures wearing your 2020 t-shirts and Honor Beads and tag us on social media, #CNYtogether.

  • For Contact Tracing purposes, we ask that you please preregister before coming to the Town Hall
  • Staff and Volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves
  • We will have hand sanitizer and masks available

What we will not be able to do on September 12th:

  • Have an in-person Opening ceremony
  • Walk at the same time
  • Linger at the Town Hall
  • Provide food or drinks outside of the Chicken BBQ

Meet your 2020 Out of the Darkness Committee!

Read their personal messages here.

Watch a special message from your Co-Chairs, Crystal and Amber!

Please Help Spread the Word!

We encourage you to tell your story about why you support #AFSPCentralNY with your family and friends. Give them the opportunity to support you. You can post the Greater Ithaca Out of the Darkness Experience link to your Facebook page or start a Facebook Fundraiser right from your registration page! Need help? Visit walker central for tips and tools. Follow us on Instagram and share your photos using  #OutoftheDarkness #TogetherToFightSuicide. 

How do I raise funds?

Ask. We recognize that these are challenging times but there are many people who are willing and able to support your efforts to Be The Voice for suicide prevention. After all, suicide prevention is everyone's business and we all feel good when we contribute to the greater good of others. Here are some simple tips to help you raise $200:

  • Put in your own $20 contribution
  • Ask your significant other for $20
  • Ask your mom, dad, aunt, uncle, or other family member for $20
  • Ask a friend for $20 
  • Ask your supervisor for $20 (and let them know we'd love to do a free Talk Saves Lives program for staff!)
  • Ask 4 co-workers to give you $5 each
  • Ask 2 neighbors for $10 each
  • Ask a local business owner you support for $20
  • Ask neighbors if they'll donate their cans and bottles (400=$20)
  • Ask just one more friend or family member for $20

Need more ideas? Be sure to visit the Fundraising Tips and Tools tab under "Make an Impact"


Raise $150 by 09/12/2020 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 at our drop-in on 9/12. Please bring donations in an envelope with your name and amount written on the outside for minimal contact, or use our onsite QR code to make a donation.

Activities of Hope and Healing

Submit your photo for the Chapter Wide online event sharing why you walk here.

Click here to get a beautiful luminaria to light up the night on October 17th 

Sign our Banner of HOPE on 9/12 at Lansing Town Hall

Pick up your Honor Beads on 9/12 at Lansing Town Hall

What are 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.


Save the date! November 21, 2020 International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day 

We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide.

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


Thank you for your support!