Metro Detroit Walk

Join us on September 23, 2017

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Event Details

Walk Date: 09/23/2017
Walk Location: Hart Plaza - Detroit, MI
Check-in/Registration Time: 09/23/2017 at 8:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 1:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Anne Perry 
Contact Phone: 248-425-2178 
Contact Email:

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. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

Welcome to the Metro Detroit
Out of the Darkness Community Walk
Saturday, September 23, 2017


Registration: 8:00am - 10:00am
Opening Ceremony:    10:00am
Walk Begins:  10:15am


This is a 5k, take your time, walk. The walkway is paved, flat land, and is stroller/wheelchair accessible.  We will start at Hart Plaza, and walk part of the beautiful Detroit riverfront.  We will end in the same location. Specific route information, coming soon!


Download the Metro Detroit Out of the Darnkess 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, and we are happy to work with you to develop an individual marketing strategy to fit the specific needs of your business.


Download the Metro Detroit 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! Encourage everyone you know to REGISTER, DONATE, and JOIN the movement to save lives! Downloadable copy coming soon, but we always need help putting up our posters!  From Royal Oak to Novi, From Detroit to Birmingham, we need your help!  Please contact Anne Perry at and we will be happy to send you some posters!  Thanks!

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness

Post to your Facebook page and add the Out of the Darkness Link, or direct link to your fundraising page. 


If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #20x2025 to your tweets!


Remember your LinkedIn connections!


Share your photos! 


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 09/23/2017 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. 



Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the event. AND - with a $10 donation, you can pick up an AFSP Pooch bandana at the Paws for Prevention Tent, and be entered to win a special doggie prize!


Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the resources area.
Information tables hosted by local businesses and non-profit organizations will open at 9:00 am and remain open until 12:00 pm. 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.

We will also have an AFSP tent, where you will be able to find out more information about volunteer opportunities, advocacy events, survivor day events, campus walks, Interactive Screening programs, and more!


Families and children will have plenty to do, at our Kids Care Zone.  There will be a Home Depot Build area, Henna artists and more!


Food Trucks!  New this year, there will be several food trucks with food for purchase.  We will make sure to have a little something for everyone, so come hungry!


Make sure to bring a picture of your loved one for our memory tent.  Poster-boards welcome also.  Alternatively you can email a photo to to be included in our slideshow.

We will once again have an art project for you to participate in, which will be displayed during the event. More details to come!

Honor Beads and Story Stickers:
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.

The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance and a walk that unites a community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. We all wear honor beads - each color shows our personal connection to the cause, and helps us identify others who understand our experience

Story Stickers

We are sensitive to the fact that people are in varying stages of their grief and healing.  Story stickers will let your fellow walkers know that you are willing to share your story. If you see someone wearing one, stop and ask them about their journey.  

Additional Information


BE THE VOICE!  Our merchandise tent is bigger and better than ever before! Tons of Be the Voice items, as well as OOTD and AFSP goods.


Center Garage

414 Renaissance Dr. W

Detroit, MI 48226


Handy Park

154 W Larned St. 

Detroit, MI 48226


Handy Park (2)

525 Shelby St. 

Detroit, MI 48226


E-Z Park

126 W. Congress St.

Detroit, MI 48226


Millender Center Garage

331 E Larned St

Detroit, MI 48226


One Detroit Garage

500 Woodward Ave. 

Detroit, MI 48226


Two Detroit Garage 

160 E Congress St.

Detroit, MI 48226


Family Tent Area

Please note that tents are not allowed this year. Instead families/teams are welcome to set up shop with blankets and chairs.  Space is limited and will be on a first come first serve basis.

The Citizen Yoga Wellness Tent

New this year- Yoga consults, acupuncture, massage and much more to destress and relax!


We will once again have a team photographer, so make sure to stop by and get a photo of your team!

We are happy to have the Silence Shoot joining us this year.  Stop by and take part in this unique photography project and take a stand against bullying and suicide.

*Fundraising Incentives to be announced soon, so form your team today!  If you would like more info on creative ways to fundraise for your team (bowling events, restaurant fundraisers, garage sales etc…) contact Anne Perry at

The top teams will receive a special plaque and be recognized in our opening ceremony!

Online registration closes at noon 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. 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 AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

As the leader in the fight against suicide, and thanks to walkers like you from cities across the country, 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.

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


Sponsored By

ABC Supply Company
Allen Park High School PTSA
Bodman PLC
Clarity Voice
Continental Interiors INC
Contracting Resources, Inc.
Core Design Group Inc
DH Construction Company
Doughty Montessori School
Falcon Fire Protection
Fox 2 (Fox Television Stations, LLC)
Glasco Corporation
Grennan Construction
Huron Valley Electric
InFocus Optical
John E. Green Company
Milford Counseling
Service Iron Works
Square Deal Building Supply
The Fillmore Detroit
Thriveworks Beverly Hills
Villa Bella
WBHR Consultants Inc

Quick Stats

$151,183.69 Raised
1,643 Participants

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