Central Iowa Walk

Join us on September 17, 2017

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Event Details

Walk Date: 09/17/2017
Walk Location: DMACC Campus - Ankeny, IA
Check-in/Registration Time: 09/17/2017 at 12:00 pm
Walk Begins: 2:00 pm
Walk Ends: 4:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Joni Thornton 
Contact Phone: 515-210-0476 
Contact Email: joni.thornton@unitypoint.org

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 Central Iowa
Out of the Darkness Community Walk
 Sunday, September 17, 2017


Registration: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Opening Ceremony:    2:00pm
Walk Begins:  2:00pm
Closing Ceremony: 4:00pm







The walk route is approximately 1.2 miles around a 15 acre lake. The path is easily accessible to strollers. 


Plenty of onsite parking is available, look for directional signs when you enter the DMACC Campus. Handicap parking is available.


We would appreciate your help. To volunteer, go to VolunteerSpot link at https://signup.com/go/5Qa86o or contact Joni at joni.thornton@unitypoint.org or 515-210-0476. Silver cord hours are available for this activity. 


NEW this year!

A food court is located inside of building 5 and will be open the day of the walk for lunch or snacks, hours vary by restaurant.

Look for one of these restaurants:


Download the 2017 Central Iowa Out of the Darkness SPONSORSHIP PACKETWith sponsorship opportunities starting at only $100.00, this is a perfect opportunity for large and small businesses to play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community.

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Gold Lifesaver Level

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Download the 2017 Central Iowa Out of the Darkness 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! #CentralIowaOutoftheDarkness

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



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 09/17/2017 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. 


BETHEVOICE merchandise will be sold at the event.  Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. 


Visit the face painting booth, talk with Amanda the Panda or visit the clowns and Super Heroes!


Please bring a small photo of a loved one lost to suicide to make a 2 ½ inch button. Photo will not be returned.

Bring a photo or memento for the memory wall.  

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.

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


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!


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Quick Stats

$76,607.85 Raised
1,636 Participants

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Special thanks to our national Out of the Darkness Walks sponsor