A pasta dinner and fundraiser and raffle at Bath Elks Lodge Saturday raised $1,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Cristal Homan of Bath, who lost her 14-year old daughter to suicide in 2013, organized the dinner, expanding on her yearly participation in the AFSP “Out of the Darkness” walks that take place each September.

The Bath Lodge of Elks #934 donated their hall for the event, and businesses like Wilson’s Drug, Pamela’s World, Jamison’s Trading Post and Pawn and Now You’re Cooking donated raffle prizes.

Byrne’s Irish Pub and The Galley Restaurant also donated food.

Music was provided by Diamonds in the Rough and Dark Rain.

“The businesses were extremely generous in helping me create a fun event, and I’m very grateful to them,” Homan said. “I thought that maybe creating a night out for people in and around Bath, with some popular local bands, would be a good way to raise money. For our first effort, I’m really thrilled to make such a substantial donation to the AFSP.”

Homan has also organized a “Paint Night” fundraiser later this summer at Sarah’s Café in Wiscasset, which is sold out, and is the co-chair of Bath’s annual Out of the Darkness Walk that takes place each September. Walkers join teams and pledge money as a way of remembering loved ones lost to suicide and working to prevent future tragedy. The Bath walk is in its fifth year.

For more information, visit, where you can search for Out of the Darkness Walks by town.

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