Walk Date: 10/03/2020
Walk Location: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Boardwalk - Atlantic City, NJ
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Program Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Start Time: 10:20 AM
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Cheneen Austin & Justin Laba
Contact Phone: 609-602-4470
Contact Email: [email protected]
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.
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 bold 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 Atlantic-Cape Walk
Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Atlantic-Cape Out of the Darkness Walk. The walk has given people the courage to open up about their own struggle or loss, and the platform to change our culture’s approach to mental health. It is an amazing event that brings our communities together to raise voices for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Read below for more information about the family-friendly walk and to get answers to frequently asked questions.
Become a Sponsor
Download the Atlantic-Cape 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!
The Fundraising Impact
Although fundraising is optional and there is no minimum fundraising requirement (and no fee to walk), we recommend each walker set a personal goal to raise $150. Each dollar raised helps us deliver suicide prevention programs and with last year's Walk fundraising we are able to hold educational programs throughout our communities on suicide prevention, advocate for public policy changes, support and hold survivors of suicide loss day events across the state and contribute to over $5 million in much needed scientific research grants awarded by AFSP on a national level.
There are 3 small things you can do to kick-start your fundraising work:
Personalize your walker page online. Telling your story will make those who see your page feel more emotionally connected to you and the cause. If you’re a team captain, be sure to personalize your page!
Donate to yourself, even if just a modest sum of $20 to show others you are committed to the cause. It’s easier to ask others for money if they see you have also donated.
Share your page and story with others. It’s OK to ask for donations! And you may have to put out those requests several times- that’s OK too!
Atlantic-Cape Walk Fundraising Incentives
Check out some examples of past fundraising incentive "thank-you" gifts (the 2020 fall gifts will be announced soon).
Top Sponsor: cuts the ribbon before the walk starts
Top Team: carries the walk banner and leads the walk
Raise $150 by 10/03/2020 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.
We have a new location for the walk this year! We will be set up on the boardwalk outside of where the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is located. The walk is approximately 2 miles in length along the Atlantic City Boardwalk starting and ending at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
More details will be announced soon, including exact location, parking, etc. Stay Tuned!
What to expect at the walk: The walk will take place rain or shine and we encourage walkers to arrive at 9:00am when registration opens, so that you have ample time to check-in and then enjoy all of the pre-walk activities we have to offer.
• Pre-walk activities will include: wearable buttons; a temporary tattoo parlor; honor bead necklaces; social media station; remembrance activities; learning more about AFSP and our local chapter; community partner tables; and more.
• The walk is not competitive.
Help Spread the Word
Download the Atlantic-Cape 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
There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event. Tell your story about why you walk!
Activities of Hope and Healing
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 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.