What a turnout it was on September 18 for the Greater Ithaca “Out of the Darkness” Walk in Myers Park in Lansing! Fundraising teams and individuals collected more than $45,000 to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Ithaca College Bombers Women’s Lacrosse
The annual event, organized by the AFSP’s Greater Central New York Chapter and co-chaired by Crystal Howser and Amber Parker, helps the foundation invest in life-saving research, education, advocacy, and support for those impacted by suicide. The walk included teams from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Ithaca College Bombers Women’s Lacrosse squad.
In opening remarks, Crystal Howser thanked the throng of walkers who participated:
“By showing up today, you are sending the message that mental health is as real as physical health. You are sending the message that reaching out for help is the strong thing to do. You are showing others that suicide can no longer be swept under the rug.
“By showing up, you let others know they are not alone. Because of you, we can fight for a day when no one will die by suicide.
“By walking with us, you honor the memory of the loved ones we’ve lost. I also want to acknowledge those of you who have suffered personally from suicidal thoughts. We are so glad to have you here with us in this fight. Your presence and openness allow others to know they are not alone in their struggle.
“Together, we are strong, together we are making a difference. Our mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide would not be possible without each of you.”
Corporate sponsors for the event included The Strebel Planning Group and its Fund for Community Enrichment; Central New York Tuesdays and Upstate Shredding; Maguire Family of Dealerships; CFCU Community Credit Union; BorgWarner; Ithaca Apartment Management/Solomon Organization; Midstate Basement Authorities; Cayuga Medical Center; Warren Real Estate; Visions Federal Credit Union; and the Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service.
Special thanks to John Brehm of Brehmstone Photography!
Co-Chair Crystal Howser, New York State Assembly Member Anna Kelles, and Co-Chair Amber Parker
Top fundraising team
Greater Ithaca “Out of the Darkness” Walk
Sigma Alpha, Cornell University
In memory of Lisa Cabral Mastroberti
In memory of Nicholas Cooper and Jeremy Vicedomini
Team Hope—Remembering Jerry Howser
Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service
The Sophie Fund
“Together to Fight Suicide”
Myers Park, Lansing, September 18, 2021