invite you to register and walk with us our
9th Annual Boston Out of the Darkness
help and support allows AFSP Boston Chapter to bring suicide prevention
educational programs, advocacy, training and programs for survivors of suicide
loss to residents in communities around Eastern
never to early to start. Summer is a great time to focus on fundraising
while spending time relaxing with friends and family. We hope that these
reminders offer you ideas on ways to reach your goal, recruit team members, and
how to get the word out. Please
forward this email to all of your friends, family members, co-workers
and neighbors - invite them to register and walk with you!
make the Boston Walk date?
four other Walks scheduled for September in MA
*Send Fundraising Emails to Friends and
Family: The key to getting donations is simply asking! Plan an email or
letter writing campaign to share your story and let them know why it's so
important to support AFSP. It's easy to send emails directly from your
Print out a walk flyer and post it around
work, school and your town businesses. Help us get the word out!
* Have a walk change jar at home and at work. Ask
everyone in your family keep a walk change jar at home and donate whatever is
collected to yourself. Have one in your office lunch room or at your desk and
ask everyone to give their change to your cause!
* Ask local businesses to sponsor you!
out to companies in the community for support. Ask them if they can have a tip
jar or donation jar at the checkout counter with a poster for the Walk. Diners,
Hairdressers, Nail Salons, Stores and Health Clubs are great places to make the
ask especially if you are a customer or regular patron.
Get creative, do something
fun and get your community involved.
Hold a third-party event!
This can be an event that you and your team
plan together to raise funds for your team goal. It can be a golf event, a
dinner or dance event, bake sale, car wash, girls night out, yard sale or a
Think outside the box!
Look into all of the possibilities in your
community, at work and at school where you can let everyone know how to support
you. You will be surprised at how many different ways you can get the word out!
Students have hosted a Talent Show at school and have raised a lot of
money from parent, student and teacher
understand that for some people, asking friends, family and co-workers to donate
to the Walk does not come easy. Share your story when sending emails or
letters. Most people want to help but are just waiting for you to make the
ASK. Let people know why it's so important that they support you. Let
them know that no donation is too small.
Any amount they
donate will make a direct impact on our mission and work to help communities all
over Eastern Massachusetts.
Please remember to thank all your donors for
their support via a personal note or email.
Stats of July 13th
Walkers Registered: 202
Funds Received: $13,950
register, donate, or track our progress click on Boston Walk Page
walkers must register on-line or at the Walk
FUNDRAISING TEAMS TO DATE
For more information on sponsorship, donations or
to volunteer, email Melanie
The Boston Walk
needs companies to sponsor our event. Sponsorship levels start at $500 to $5000.
Whether you're a big company or a start up, your donation will make a big impact
in preventing suicide and helping survivors cope with their loss.
secure sponsors by reaching out to business owners that you know and asking for
To Sponsor the Boston Walk, contact
Click Here to download the Sponsorship
This year, the Boston Walk is collecting shoes to
be donated to the a Veteran's Group. Please bring a pair of shoes to the Walk.
The shoes will be on display during the event and then donated after the
We need several volunteers to coordinate this project, help collect
the shoes after the Walk and deliver them to the Center. Please email Melanie if you are interested in helping.
A Walk Team
Teams make the Walk
experience more memorable and special with people supporting you.
If you are walking
solo, consider forming a team- recruit your friends, family, and
Get your company or business involved with a
company team. Ask your HR Dept for help and support.
Our 2012 Memory Wall for the Boston Walk
need a volunteer or two who can build a Memory Wall for the 2012 Walk. We'd like
to have a Wall similar to last year's and plan to display both at this year's
If you are handy and can share your time and talents with
this Wall would be a great gift to the Boston Chapter.
Email Melanie Varady for more
Walkers who raise at least $1,000
individually join the Club. Club members will have special incentives on Walk
day and will be recognized at the Walk for their efforts. So far, we have one
member as of July 10th.
There's still time to join the
Club. Keep on fundraising to reach he $1000 level. Your name can be added to
this list too!
Boston Top Team
These teams raised $1,000 before
May 31st and had 10 team members. Their team names will appear on the Boston
Walk shirt as our way of thanks.
Fundraising Tip of the Month
Set a Fundraising Goal that is more than what you raised in the
past. Challenge yourself to meet and exceed your goal by asking more people to
|Thanks to our Boston Walk Sponsors
Belkin Lookout Farm, Clear Channel
Outdoors, DJC Marketing & Media Strategy, Legal Seafoods,
MBTA, Partners Healthcare, PrintWorks and Vita Coco
We are grateful to all of you for your
continued support and dedication to
suicide prevention and the Boston Out of
the Darkness Walk.