Orange County NY Experience

Join us on September 13, 2020



Event Details

Date: 09/13/2020
Location: Thomas Bull Memorial Park- Day Camp Area - Montgomery, NY
Time:* 9-10: A-F, 10-11: G-O, 11-12: P-Z

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Maria Idoni 
Contact Phone: 914-610-9156 
Contact Email:

Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the evet.  Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness 

On October 24th, as a unified community, we will come together virtually, for a chapter wide event. 

This event will include:

Opening ceremony

Guest speaker(s)

Honor Bead Ceremony

2020 Remembrance Video

Thank you all for making the OC OOTD Experience a success.  In my opinion, although we had to modify our event, I think it ran smoothly and all of you were so great about adhering to NYS guidelines.  I did miss having the opening ceremony, guest speakers, bead ceremony and seeing everyone start all at once, but under the circumstances, I think it was still a success. I enjoyed taking the pictures of each team and getting to meet most of you.  Usually, I am running around and don’t get that opportunity.  It means a lot to me to get to see you and put a face to your name.  So thank you!  I will email everyone who has registered, the link for the 10/24 Virtual Event that will include all that we were unable to do in person.  All the team photos have been uploaded to our chapter's Facebook Page, please tag yourself and share! 


Although the walk ended, your fundraising doesn’t have to stop.  Donations are accepted until December 31st.  If you need more wristbands and buttons, please let me know and I will mail them to you.  If you are going to do a team fundraiser, let me know so I can advertise it!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly.  Again, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!



Maria Idoni

HV/WC Area Director-AFSP


Get Registered SO YOU CAN View the 2020 Virtual Walk Event

Having trouble registering?  Click here to view a step-by-step guide.  Refer to page 1 if you’re registering yourself, page 5 if you’re registering someone else through your own account, or page 8 if you’re signing up in person on the day of the event.  Be sure to also check out some of the Frequently Asked Questions on page 10.

If you’ve already registered and would like to either create a new team or join an existing one, log into your AFSP account and click on the “change team membership” option on the right hand side of your dashboard tab (on mobile you’ll need to click “dashboard” first).

Light the Night Fundraiser

Shine a light on suicide prevention and bring HOPE to your home. Order 2 luminaries for $25 and 4 for $45. Proceeds will benefit the AFSP HV/WC Chapter and it's 6 Out of the Darkness Experiences. We are asking everyone to light their luminary on International Survivor's of Suicide Day, November 21, at 8:00 pm. 

This is a limited edition of 250 lights. Don't forget to share your luminary with us on social media using #HVWCTogetherToFightSuicide!

Purchase your luminary here:​


Help Spread the Word!

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. 

  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!

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.

The Out of the Darkness Experience 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! We look forward to seeing you at the Orange County NY Experience!