The first Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Ocean City has raised more than $17,000. Approximately 200 people participated in the Sept. 29 event to raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental illness. The outreach and fundraising effort supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the leading national nonprofit exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy. The walk was sponsored by the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, Worcester County Health Department and Core Service Agency, Atlantic General Hospital and other local partners. Donations are still being accepted online at www.outofthedarkness.org. (Above) Sen. Jim Mathias presents a Maryland State Senate proclamation congratulating the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund on the 2012 community walk.