FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 29, 2020
Media Contact: Emily Rothrock Tate
Calm Waters to Host Second Annual Ripples of Hope Benefit Breakfast on August 25
Featuring Keynote Speaker, Sara Sweet
Oklahoma City, OK, June 29 – Oklahoma City, OK – Calm Waters Center for Children and Families, Central Oklahoma’s only dedicated grief support center, will host its second annual benefit breakfast, Ripples of Hope, on Tuesday, August 25, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at the Will Rogers Theatre, 4322 N. Western Ave., Oklahoma City.
The keynote speaker is Sara Sweet, who lost her father in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Her family’s raw and powerful story is one of tremendous heartbreak, but it was through their grief journey they found a community of support, just as children and families do who receive help through Calm Waters’ free grief support programs. Calm Waters was there immediately after our state’s most heartbreaking tragedy, rallying around the survivors and families 25 years ago, providing support groups and grief services to hundreds of children and their families.
Calm Waters board emeritus Kay Goebel, Ph.D., will also be honored during the event for her decades of service to Oklahoma City community and to the Calm Waters mission, to help children and families in their grief journey caused by death, divorce or other significant loss.
“We are very aware of the heartache and economic challenges our community is facing now with the global pandemic, which is why we are hosting Ripples of Hope with both a virtual and in-person option for guests and sponsors,” said Erin Engelke, Calm Waters’ Executive Director. “The funds raised at this event will ensure we are able to continue offering our life-changing programs to over 5,800 children and families each year.”
The event committee is chaired by the 2019 Ripples of Hope Keynote speaker, Elizabeth Clinton and the committee members are Catherine Divis, Dawnell Foster, Lindsay Hix, Peggy Kates, Sally Kernke and Judy Mee.
All proceeds from Ripples of Hope will benefit Calm Waters, which provides free grief support services for children and families on their grief journey caused by death, divorce or other significant loss. Individual tickets are available for $50 each and sponsorship levels range from $500-$5,000. For sponsorships and tickets, please visit give.calmwaters.org/RipplesofHope2020/ and call 405-841-4800.
About Calm Waters Center for Children and Families
Calm Waters Center for Children and Families provides FREE grief support services for children and families on their grief journey caused by death, divorce or other significant loss. Since beginning in 1992, Calm Waters has served more than 50,000 individuals across the Greater OKC Metro Area through their Center and School Support Groups. For more information about Calm Waters and their services, visit Calmwaters.org or call 405-841-4800. Calm Waters is a proud United Way of Central Oklahoma Partner Agency.