Lions and Veterans Participate in Out of the Darkness Twin Cities Walk

Out of the Darkness Twin Cities Walk

Club members join effort to help prevent suicide

Members of the Lions Club and Veterans Club at Dakota County Technical College participated in the Out of the Darkness Twin Cities Walk September 16, 2018, at the Como Park Picnic Pavilion in St. Paul, Minnesota. Sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the 3-mile walk raised $242,854, surpassing the original goal of $200,000.

More than 250,000 people from hundreds of cities across all 50 states took part in Out of the Darkness Community Walks, enhancing awareness and raising money that will save lives while assisting family and friends traumatized by suicide.

Learn more by visiting: Out of the Darkness Community Walks

“Suicide awareness is something very close to my heart. It was an emotional event full of both grief and hope. I am honored I was able to be a part of it. It truly shows the strength in both survivors and those that have lost loved ones.”
— Abigail Anderson, Student Senate Secretary, Student Ambassador

Out of the Darkness Twin Cities Walk gallery

More about the Lions Club

The DCTC Lions Club is a charter member of Lions Club International, an organization respectfully recognized by employers and community organizations worldwide. Students are able to serve the college and community with fun and purposeful activities ranging from the Polar Plunge, Habitat for Humanity, to an annual Chili Cook-Off. Lifelong friendships, professional development and fun are just a few of the benefits of this highly active club.

Learn more about the Lions Club at DCTC by contacting:

Brett Kolles
English Faculty
Lions Club Faculty Advisor
651-423-8395

“Being that I am bipolar and have dealt with suicide on a personal level; seeing a 1,000 people come out and join together as a community to support those who have dealt with suicide and show compassion and empathy for those who have lost loved ones to suicide was absolutely remarkable. It brought tears to my eyes to see how many people actually care about suicide awareness.”
— Nicole Evridge, DCTC Lions Club President

More about the Veterans Club

The Veterans Club helps to build camaraderie within the student-veteran community and bridge the transition from military life to their civilian, personal and educational goals. The Veterans Club is open to all who share an interest in service to the campus and community.

Learn more about the Veterans Club at DCTC by contacting:

Kathy Bachman
Coordinator
South Metro Region Higher Education Veterans Program
651-423-8274

To learn more about Student Life at DCTC, contact:

Nicole Meulemans
Director of Student Life and Activities
651-423-8403

Anna Voight
Associate Director of Student Life
651-423-8649