Under The Big Top
Under The Big Top is an annual carnival-style evening fundraiser, held each spring at the Oklahoma City Farmer’s Public Market, 311 S. Klein Ave. with 200 to 250 attendees.
Individual tickets are $100, or two for $150 and include an open bar and appetizers. Sponsorship levels range from $500 and $10,000.
Calm Waters’ largest event of the year and features carnival-inspired food and popular games such as Plinko, Balloon Pop, Hole-in-One, Punch Wall, and Deck of Cards, as well as wine walks, a high-end jewelry pull, unique raffles and a silent auction. Past performers include magicians, aerialists, jugglers, and stilt walkers.
Each carnival game is $10 to $20 to play and game prizes are $10 to $100 gift cards to your favorite OKC businesses. Game cards are available for purchase to play carnival games, with a 1 in 3 chance to win. The event dress is cocktail and snappy casual!
Ripples of Hope
Ripples of Hope is an annual breakfast fundraiser held each fall at the Will Rogers Theatre, with 150 to 200 attendees.
Individual tickets are $50 and sponsorship levels range from $500-$5,000.
The 2019 inaugural event featured keynote speaker, Elizabeth Clinton, whose father was one of four men wrongly convicted of a tragic murder in Ada, Oklahoma, leaving her without a father for the 12 years he was in prison. Her family’s story was featured in the compelling Netflix and John Grisham documentary and book, The Innocent Man, released December 2018.
The 2020 event honored the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing with keynote speaker, Sara Sweet. Sara shared her raw and powerful grief journey after the death of her father, who was one of the 168 people killed in the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, and how she found a community of support, just as hundreds of children and families find in Calm Waters’ grief support programs. during the program, Calm Waters also celebrated event honoree and board emeritus, Dr. Kay Goebel.
Every dollar raised during Ripples of Hope will support children, teens and adults who have experienced traumatic loss due to death or divorce.
RESILIENCE: An Art Show & Auction
Introducing RESILIENCE, a new fundraiser benefitting Calm Waters grief support groups through an in-person art which opened on August 7 at 6 p.m. at Calm Waters Center, 501 N. Walkers, Suite 140, and a virtual silent auction that opened the same day as the art opening and closed on Thursday, August 12 at Noon.
Art pricing ranged between $50 and $2,000, with “buy it now pricing” available.
Over 20 local artists were invited to submit up to two pieces of art that interprets their version of resilience, life after loss, and hope after grief. The proceeds of each sold piece were split 80/20 between Calm Waters and the artist.
Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Classes
Tuesdays | 6 – 6:45 p.m.
$40 a month
September, October & November 2021 & January & February 2022
Calm Waters introduces Trauma-Sensitive Yoga classes for those over 13 years of age and female-identifying. Classes are every Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. in the Calm Waters Rainbolt Family Renewal Room for up to 10 people. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats and several mats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No other equipment will be used. All abilities are welcome and movement options will be provided throughout the session. Childcare and refunds are not available.
The classes are led by Heather Warfield, LMFT, Calm Waters’ Clinical Director, and who has been trained in the Trauma Center’s Trauma Sensitive Yoga, (TCTSY)
Calm Waters’ in-house clinicians Heather Warfield, LMFT, Clinical and Programs Director, and Jordan Park, LMFT candidate, Assistant Director of Clinical Community Engagement, host several in-person and virtual workshops throughout each calendar year about mental health, grief, marriage, relationships, and parenting.
Past topics have included Grief and Loss during COVID-19, Helping Clients Through Grief and Loss, Couples and Cabin Fever, Fighting Family Burnout During a Pandemic, and Coping With Grief during winter and summer holidays.
Attendance is free with registration and workshop recordings and presentation slides are available after each workshop concludes.
CAMP COURAGE, a 3-day Art Camp for Grieving Children
Camp Courage is Calm Waters’ annual 3-day art camp, each July for children who have experienced a recent loss through death, divorce, incarceration, deportation, deployment, and foster/adoptive care issues. Camp registration is $30 per person and scholarships are available. Camp Courage classes are segmented into morning and afternoon sessions, depending on each camper’s age. Up to 25 campers, ages 6 to 9, will attend camp from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, and up to 25 campers, ages 10 to 14 will attend camp from 1 to 4 p.m.
We invite children between 15 to 18 years old to volunteer as Junior Camp counselors during the 3-day camp for the morning or afternoon session, and they are welcome to spend both sessions with us as well.
Camp Courage provides a safe and healing environment that allows children to express their feelings of loss through art. Camp activities include artist-led drawing, painting, mixed media, dance, yoga, gardening, and much more and the last day of camp will end with a gallery art show for their families and peers.
Child must be 6-18 years old
Child has experienced a significant loss