We would like to thank everyone who participated in the first annual Darkness into Vineyard Light Suicide prevention and awareness walk on Sept. 29. The event was a huge success with more than 200 participants. The outstanding support confirms that the community is ready to break the stigma and show support to those suffering and those who have lost loved ones.

Thank you to our sponsors, too many to list in this space. Through this event, we were also able to raise $11,743. Amazing.

The funds will all go to support the Island Intervention Center, an organization that helps those who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

There are no words to accurately express our gratitude for our volunteers and every individual who got up, before dawn, to come out and walk.

A special thank you to Susan Mercier, Mary Korba, David Araujo and all the others from Community Services, Lisa Belcastro, Carrie White and Gina Williams who so graciously joined alongside us to get the event planned.

We have already begun discussing our plans for next year’s event. We also are working on other ways to continue to raise awareness throughout the year.

This community is one of a kind. Your compassion and generosity are beautiful to see.

John Murray and Maria Ventura