The Dutchess/Ulster Out of the Darkness Community Walk 2020 will be held Sunday, September 27, 2020 at the Walkway Over the Hudson, 87 Haviland Road, Highland, NY 12528.
This event, which is sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is free to register, but participants are encouraged to fundraise prior to the event. Registrants are also encouraged to form or join a team. You can find information about fundraising when you register. Online registration ends at noon on Sept. 25th but you can register the morning of the Walk.
To register or for more information visit https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=6920 Registrants who raise a minimum of $150 by 9/27 will receive an Out of the Darkness Walk T shirt at check-in.
Walk Day Schedule:
9:00 am Check in and Registration
11:00 am Walk Program begins
1:30 pm Walk ends
The Walk has a goal of $110,000 this year.
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Nicole Bybel
Contact Phone: 845-416-4285
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Proceeds from the Walks will help AFSP fulfill its mission: Fund scientific research
- Offer educational programs for professionals
- Educate the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention
- Promote policies and legislation that impact suicide and prevention
- Provide programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss and people at risk, and involve them in the work of the Foundation
Thank you to National Sponsor The Allergan Foundation.
To learn more visit afsp.org.
It will be the most comforting, nurturing stroll these folks take this year. Hundreds will traverse the Walkway Over the Hudson this fall during the Out of the Darkness Community Walk sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
You’ll see teams of walkers sporting T shirts with the names and faces of loved ones lost to suicide. They will wear a variety of colored beads, each signifying a particular form of loss- white beads mean the loss of a child; orange, the loss of a sibling; gold, the loss of a parent. If you struggle with your own thoughts of suicide, there are green beads there for you.
Thomas Sherwood and his wife Marie will be walking with Team Joe. Thomas will wear orange in honor of his brother Joey who died five years ago. They will be joined by Joey’s widow Joy- she’ll be wearing red.
The mood will be, at times, surprisingly upbeat, because they are a gathering of kindred spirits – they understand what each other is going through far better than the outside world can know. Their mantra is “You’re not alone”. That’s where the nurturing and comforting come in.
But there will be somber reflection too as people step to the microphone to tell of their loss ” I am wearing white today because I lost my twin boys, both of them” Their words yank at your heart. Maybe these expressions are cathartic for them- I hope so.
But this event is also a fundraiser. The teams seek donations to help support the important work that the AFSP does.
They teach grade schoolers about mental health, continue research into what causes people to attempt suicide, and educate the general population about what behaviors to look for and how to get help for someone who exhibits those warning signs.
The AFSP mission is to decrease suicides 20% by 2025.
Thomas is raising funds now. If you would like to support him please go here: https://afsp.donordrive.com/participant/Thomas-Sherwood
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US.
Nearly 50,000 Americans die each year from suicide.
To learn more about AFSP’s good work visit https://afsp.org/
To learn more about the Out of the Darkness Dutchess/Ulster County Community Walk on Sept. 27th visit: http://sportingacause.com/event/dutchess-ulster-…s-community-walk/
To learn more about the Out of the Darkness Berkshire County Community Walk on Oct. 3rd visit: http://sportingacause.com/event/out-of-the-darkn…re-county-walk-2/.
Walkway Day at Marist College will be held Saturday, January 19, 2020 at the McCann Arena, Marist College, 3399 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.
The event runs from 2:00 – 5:00 pm.
Although this not a sports-related fundraiser per se, the event, which features a Marist vs. Iona College basketball game, will raise awareness about the Walkway Over The Hudson, which is the site of many sports-related fundraisers throughout the year.
Walkway Ambassadors will be on hand during the game passing out giveaways, participating in on-court promotions, and more.
General admission tickets typically range from $11 to $13 for adults, children $8.
For general tickets, visit MaristTickets.com.
The Walk to Defeat ALS, Hudson Valley will be held Sunday, October 20, 2019 on the Walkway Over the Hudson, 75 Haviland Rd, Highland, NY 12528.
The Walk, which starts and ends on the Highland side of the Walkway is about three miles long, over and back.
Participants are asked to raise donations either as individuals or as a team and bring the proceeds to the Walk.
Although there is no minimum donation to participate, a $75 minimum donation will earn a walk day T shirt. A $1,500 donation will earn a VIP Walk T shirt.
To register visit web.alsa.org/HudsonValley2019
Walk day schedule:
9:00 am – Registration
10:30 am – Opening Ceremonies
11:00 am – Walk begins
Kids’ activities, food and entertainment will be provided!
Proceeds from the Walk will help the ALS Association provide needed services to people with ALS and their families, fund research at 150 research facilities around the world and advocate before government agencies on behalf of ALS sufferers.
ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
For more information, call Maggy Kucera at (212) 720-3042 or email her at email@example.com.
Last year about 2,500 people participated in the Walk to Defeat ALS Hudson Valley.
The goal for this year’s Walk is $225,000.
2019 Walk To End Alzheimer’s Dutchess/Ulster NY will be held Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Walkway Over the Hudson, Highland, NY 12528.
The Walk begins on the Highland side of the Walkway ,crosses and returns to the starting point.
The Dutchess/Ulster Walk to End Alzheimer’s is one of 600 such events taking place around the country.
There is no entry fee for this 2 mile event, although registration is required and participants are asked to make a personal donation and encouraged to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association either as individuals or as part of a team.
To register, go here: https://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2019/NY-HudsonValleyChapter?fr_id=12557&pg=entry
Registrants who raise a minimum of $100 will receive a T-shirt. All registrants will receive a wrist band and a Promise Garden flower.
Walk day Schedule:
9:00 am Registration
10:00 am Ceremony
10:30 am Walk begins
Free breakfast and lunch after the Walk as well as kids’ games and a DJ.
In 2017 1400 walkers earned $145,000. This year’s goal is $180,000.
All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.
For more information call Tina Eckert at (845) 471-2619 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to:
National Presenting Sponsor
Vassar Brothers Medical Center
Hezop Law Firm PC
Mid-Hudson Federal Credit Union
The Walk the Walk for Recovery will be held Sunday, September 22, 2019 at the Walkway Over the Hudson, Highland side, 75 Haviland Rd, Highland, NY 12528.
The Walk is sponsored by the Villa Veritas Foundation.
The Walk is free, but registrants will receive a T shirt and bracelet with a $25 donation.
There is no online registration, participants can register the morning of the Walk.
Walk Day Schedule:
Noon – Introduction
12:30 pm Walk begins
Light refreshments after the Walk.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Villa Veritas Foundation which has been helping families recover and learn the blueprint of sobriety in a calm and peaceful environment.
To learn more about Villa Veritas visit villaveritas.org.
For more information about the walk call (845) 626-3555.
September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, and there are upcoming Out of the Darkness Walks to Prevent Suicide sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Last year I attended one of their events, and this is what I found.
Most of the people wore strands of brightly colored beads around their necks. There were white ones and red and gold and orange and silver and green and blue and teal. Each color held specific meaning.
All of these people, nearly 500 of them, had gathered to celebrate the lives of loved ones lost to suicide, and the beads represented the nature of the their loss. White designated the loss of a child, red meant the loss of a spouse, gold a parent , orange a sibling and so on. The beads color-coded their pain.
This was the Out of The Darkness Walk to Prevent Suicide, one of 400 held nationwide by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to support survivors of suicide and work to end it.
The Walk was billed as a celebration of the lives of those who are gone by those who remain. One of the speakers addressed the seeming conflict of joy amid such pain.
“How can we feel such profound gratitude and such profound sadness at the same time?” she asked. Everyone there seemed to know. There were tears, as people stood at the microphone and explained their color “I am wearing orange because I lost my brother- my best friend”.
“I wear silver today because I lost military- a couple of them”.
“I’m wearing white because I lost my twin sons” -both of them.
Bertha, one of the event organizers, wore nearly every color- father, child and other loved ones- all lost . And she wore green to represent her own struggles with suicide.
Yes there were tears but also smiles and hugs and laughter and camaraderie. And that of course was the answer to the question- that amid that profound sadness, they could feel gratitude because they all had the support of each other- they all understood.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States at the rate of 129 people a day.
There will be an Out of the Darkness Walk to Prevent Suicide on Sept. 29th on the Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie and one on October 5th at The Common in Pittsfield, MA.
Find details at sportingAcause.com.
The Dutchess County Classic, will celebrate its 41st Anniversary Sunday, September 15, 2019 at a new location, Duchess Community College, 53 Pendell Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. The staging area is located in the College’s Parking Lot E, 40 Creek Road, Poughkeepsie.
This new location will allow races to take advantage of both the Dutchess Rail Trail and the Walkway Over the Hudson ( for half and full marathons).
This year’s event also features expanded race options including full marathons both running and wheeled, half marathons both running and wheeled, a 5K and a Kids 1 Mile Run.
1 Mile Run: ages 4-12
5K: Minimum 10 years old by race day, or under 10 with parental permission.
Full and half marathons: Minimum 14 years old by race day, under 14 with parental permission.
The entry fees:
(Please note: a service fee will be added to each pre-registration)
The wheeled events welcome wheelchairs and hand cranks.
Full marathons (Run and Wheel): $65 through July 13th, $75 after July 13th, $85 Race Day.
Half Marathons (Run and Wheel): $55 through July 13th, $65 after July 13th, $75 Race Day.
5K : $25 through July 13th, $35 after July 13th, $40 Race Day.
Kids 1 Mile Run : Free through pre-registration, $10 Race Day.
T shirt guaranteed to all pre-registered by July 13th.
To register go to dutchesscountyclassic.org.
Please no pets, jogger strollers, headphones, or carrying children while running.
For more information email Susanne O’Neil at email@example.com.
Week before Race (Sept 9 – 14) Packet pickup at Fleet Feet, 1895 South Road, Poughkeepsie.
If pre-registered, arrive 45 minutes before your race.
If race- day registering, arrive 90 minutes before your race.
6:45 – 7:45 am Packet pickup
8:00 am Kids’ 1 Mile Race
8:15 am Full and Half Marathon (Wheel)
8:30 am Full and Half Marathon (Run)
8:45 am 5K
Refreshments and awards served after race.
Prizes awarded in many categories- see dutchesscountyclassic.org for details.
Ample parking available.
Last year proceeds from the event benefited United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region.
For more information visit dutchesscountyclassic.org.
Thank you to these generous sponsors:
Durants Party rentals
The Children’s Medical Group
Radio Woodstock 100.1 WDST
My Brother Bobby’s Salsa
The Bagel Shoppe
Adams Fairacre Farms
Mid Hudson Road Runners Club
Feldman Physical Therapy
Math & Physics Exploration
The March On for Brain Injury Family Fun Walk will be held Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Walkway Over the Hudson (Highland side), 87 Haviland Rd, Highland, NY 12528.
This will be the 9th year for the Walk, which is organized by the Brain Injury Association of New York State.
The entry fee is $30 per person, $35 day of the Walk. In addition, participants are encouraged to fundraise and bring their proceeds to the event.
To register visit bianys.org and scroll down to and click on “March On for Brain Injury Family Fun Walk” and click on “Register Today!”.
Walk Day Schedule:
8:00 am Registration
10:00 am Walk begins
Light refreshments and entertainment afterwards. There will be local vendors, music, giveaways, prizes and more!
Proceeds from the Run and Walk will help the Brain Injury Association of New York State to promote awareness, understanding and prevention of brain injury through education, advocacy, and community support services that lead toward reduced incidence and improved outcomes for children and adults with brain injuries and their families.
For more information call (518) 459-7911 or visit bianys.org.
The Prostate Cancer 10th Annual Walk will be held Sunday, September 8, 2019 at the Walkway Over the Hudson (Highland side), ), 87 Haviland Rd, Highland, NY 12528.
The Walk is organized by the Premier Cares Foundation.
$25 per person includes T shirt and “Care” bags.
$75 for Family Ticket, two adults and two children
$85 for Family Ticket, two adults and two children, includes T shirts and “Care” bags.
Free children under 12, no T shirts or “Care” bags.
Participants are encouraged to help meet the $80,000 Walk goal by soliciting donations in advance and bringing them to the Walk.
To register go to premiercaresfoundation.org.
Walk Day Schedule:
9:00 – 9:45 am Registration
10:00 – 11:00 am Walk
11:00 am – Noon Awards Ceremony and Refreshments
For questions about the Walk contact Gia McCormack at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (845) 418-2201.
For questions about registration contact Monica Metty at email@example.com or call (845) 656-7325.
Proceeds from the walk will benefit the Premier Cares Foundation which provides support, awareness, education and treatment for individuals in the community with urologic and digestive diseases.
To learn more about the Premier Cares Foundation visit premiercaresfoundation.org.