Event Details

Where and When

The two below maps should give you an idea of the layout of Mt. Trashmore.

Where:
Mount Trashmore
310 Edwin Drive
Virginia Beach, VA
When:
Saturday September 9, 2017
(Severe Weather Date: September 16, 2017)
Check-in: 8:30 AM

PARKING: The following information may be helpful as you consider parking. Parking space at Mt. Trashmore is very limited. These spaces may all be taken even well before the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope begins. when the lot is filled, there will be several Police Officers and volunteers on Edwin Dr. at the entrance to direct you to parking options. The residential area, Larkspur located across Independence Blvd. on the opposite side of Edwin Dr. is an area where there can be spaces. There are "No Parking" signs on Edwin Dr. but you can legally park on the side streets. Be sure not to block driveways or fire hydrants and stay off the lawns. This is by far, the largest and closest area for legal parking. For more specific parking details, please visit our parking page..

Schedule of Events

8:30-9:30 CHECK IN: At Shelter #1 you can register; turn in donations; pick up a voucher for your complimentary T-shirt if you raised $125 or more; then, take the voucher to the T-shirt Tent. You can also select a ribbon to wear as an armband as a way of showing support or remembrance.
  Beginning at this time & continuing throughout the Morning COMPLIMENTARY REFRESHMENTS by: Chick-fil-A, Flowers Baking Co., Starbucks, Sam's Club, and Rita’s Italian Ice.
  PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE SUPPORT, TO ANSWER QUESTIONS, TO HAND OUT INFORMATION AND TO ASSIST YOU WITH A DEPRESSION INVENTORY.
  FREE GROUP PICTURES
    MEMORY WALL and LIST
    ACTIVITY TABLES
    LEARNING-TO-FOLD-A-CRANE-TABLE
    FRIZBEES TO DECORATE
    MUSIC PROVIDED BY ASTRO DJs WITH JOHNNY FLEX
9:30 – 10:30 A PROGRAM OF AWARENESS, REMEMBRANCE, AND CELEBRATION
Opened with a “Welcome” from Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms; emceed by Tom Schaad WAVY-TV 10 Anchor and with messages from several featured speakers.
  IF YOU CHOOSE TO WALK, IT WILL START BY THE CURTAIN MADE OF 1,000 CRANES
11:00 – 12:30 AFTER PICNIC:
Bring your families, friends, a blanket or chairs to sit on, and a picnic lunch to enjoy. We will have a great band, Ben Phelps Project, with complimentary servings of Rita’s Italian Ice.
12:00 noon The drawing for the Crane “Peace” Quilt will take place on the stage behind Shelter #2. This quilt is a gift from the Hampton Roads Survivors of Suicide Support Group, Inc., the non-profit sponsor of this event.

Map with Locations of Activities

Have a great morning of Awareness, Remembrance and Celebration

LAKE SIDE OF THE SIDEWALK:

Shelter #1 - Registration; donations; vouchers for free T-shirts (for $125 donations or more). Pick out a ribbon to wear as an armband: silver to be a part of raising awareness or a colored ribbon if you lost a family member to suicide: red if you lost your parent; blue if spouse; yellow extended family (cousin, grandpa), green if sibling, and purple if you lost your child to suicide. We also have a crane sticker that you can put on your ribbon to symbolize a special meaning of the Walk for you (i.e. the loss of a friend, a suicide attempt, etc). Rita's Italian Ice and First Aid Tents are behind Shelter #1. The First Aid Tent is for a minor concern; for an emergency be sure to call 911.

Shelter #2 - For sitting on bleachers, chairs, or on the ground. Standing room at the back and to the sides of bleachers. Please don’t stand in front of those seated during the program. Please join others in listening to our outstanding speakers. There will be patches of grass where you can put down blankets & chairs. A Banner to sign is behind Shelter #2.

The Program takes place on the Stage behind Shelter #2. With a new sound system, you can use Mt. Trashmore as a bleacher. When you sit here, you can hear the program.

Curtain of 1,000 Cranes - If you choose to walk, the starting point is here. After the program, we line up behind the cranes to begin walking.

Shelter #3 - Activity Tables for children, teens & adults – a fun place where you can: 1) learn to fold an origami crane, 2) decorate a frisbee, 3) or make a craft. Group pictures are taken behind Shelter #3 to remember this special time.

MT. TRASHMORE SIDE OF THE SIDEWALK:

Food and Drink Tent. Enjoy complimentary: Chick-fil-A chicken biscuits; Flowers Baking Co. pastries; Starbucks coffee; and Sam's Club cereal bars and water.

T-Shirt Tent: all T-shirts can be picked up here: preordered crane T's; Hampton Roads Morning of Hope T's (for raising $125 or more) or volunteer T's. A number of T's will be available to purchase.

Memory Wall: to the left of the restrooms. You may put up a picture or a message to remember a loved one lost to suicide. There is also a Memory List that you may write on to add the name of your loved one if their name wasn't read during the program.

Mental Health Tent Counselors are present to: support; answer questions; give information and to assist with a Depression Inventory.

Information Tent: and Lost and Found.

Certificates of Participation Tent: Participants can pick up a certificate with their name on it.



Donations are not required to participate. Contributions or not - - YOU ARE VERY WELCOME! This is a family event. Together, we can promote good mental health by raising awareness of the disease of depression as treatable and of the tragedy of suicide as preventable

Event Activities

The crane has been chosen by Hampton Roads Survivors of Suicide Support Group, Inc., the event non-profit sponsor, because it is an international symbol of healing, peace & hope. In ancient Japan, people believed the crane lived for a thousand years. Legend has it that if you fold 1,000 cranes, one for each year, your prayers will be answered. We have made 1,000 which will be strung together to mark the starting point for walking. The prayer that we have folded into each crane is for hope: hope for those who presently suffer from depression and also peace for those who have died by suicide. Those who are part of the Morning will have an opportunity for a crane as a memento of this special day

Great Complimentary Refreshments are provided by Chick-Fil-A, Flowers Baking Co. of Norfolk, Starbucks, Sam's Club, and Rita’s Italian Ice.

Professional Counselors will be available to assist you. You may have questions or just need support. We will have many booklet hand-outs for children, teens, and adults to give you which will include topics of: depression, suicide, and bereavement. We also can assist you with a Depression Inventory.

Free Group Pictures can be taken for you at no charge behind Shelter #3. Take advantage of this wonderful way for your family, friends, or co-workers to remember a special day.

The Memory Wall and Memory List, located to the left of the restrooms, is a moving way to pay tribute to a loved one. You may add a picture or memento (note, etc.) to remember and to celebrate the life they lived.

Our Program of Awareness, Remembrance, and Celebration will be opened with a “Welcome” from Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms; emceed by Tom Schaad WAVY-TV 10 Anchor and with messages from several featured speakers. There will be a moment of remembrance when the names of loved ones lost to suicide will be read. For information on how to include a name you can check our website, under "Names Remembered".

Everyone is welcome to the Picnic at 11:00-12 :30 – when you first arrive at the park, you can set up your food and drinks on the picnic tables or ground. We suggest you may want to bring a blanket or foldable chairs as picnic tables are very limited. Attendants will be present to watch over your personals. Complimentary servings of Rita’s Italian will be available along with music from Ben Phelps Project Band.

At 12:00 at the stage, the drawing for the Crane "Peace" Quilt will take place. This is a beautiful, handmade gift to wish you peace. You can pick up a quilt ticket and turn in its stub at the Mental Health Tent. You have to be registered to receive a quilt ticket.

For more information: Chris Gilchrist, LCSW (757-483-5111)
www.HamptonRoadsSOS-Hope.org
PLEASE JOIN US IN PROMOTING GOOD MENTAL HEALTH AND IN PREVENTING SUICIDE.

Together we can be a part of help and healing.

Please visit our Registration and Donation pages to be a part of our 2017 Hampton Roads Morning of Hope on September 9th.

If you have any problems with Registration or Donations, contact Dave Mitnick (phone 757-650-1792; or email dmitnick@charter.net). He can assist you or even register for you.