FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 28, 2020
Media Contact: Emily Rothrock Tate
Calm Waters Turns Second Annual Ripples of Hope Benefit Breakfast Into A Virtual Event
Ripples of Hope features Keynote Speaker, Sara Sweet and honors Dr. Kay Goebel
Oklahoma City, OK, July 28, 2020 – Calm Waters Center for Children and Families, Central Oklahoma’s only dedicated grief support center, will transition Ripples of Hope, the second annual benefit breakfast, into a noon virtual event in response to Oklahoma’s rise of COVID-19 cases and concern for event attendee safety.
The ticket price has dropped from $50 to $35 and tiered sponsor benefits have evolved to accommodate virtual recognition. Sponsors and individual ticket holders will be sent a virtual event link and password. Each virtual attendee has the freedom to watch and interact with the event at home, in their office, or gather a group of colleagues together to watch in a conference room over lunch.
“Due to the continued rising cases of COVID-19, we have made the wise decision to host this much-needed event virtually,” said Erin Engelke, executive director of Calm Waters. “While the date of August 25 remains the same, the event will now begin at Noon. The Second annual Ripples of Hope will be just as meaningful and it will include stories of hope and healing as well as fun raffles and contests throughout the one-hour event over lunch.”
In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, Ripples of Hope will feature keynote speaker Sara Sweet and her raw and powerful grief journey after the death of her father, who was one of the 168 people who perished in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building. Calm Waters was present during the bombing’s aftermath by providing support groups and grief services to hundreds of survivors, and their children and their families.
Sweet’s keynote address is an inside look into the worst act of homegrown terrorism in our nation’s history and how she found a community of support, just as hundreds of children and families find in Calm Waters grief support programs.
Calm Waters board emeritus Kay Goebel, Ph.D., will be honored at Ripples of Hope 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.
All funds raised during the virtual iteration of Ripples of Hope will benefit the mental health of children, teens and adults who have experienced traumatic loss due to death or divorce. Individual tickets are available for $35 each and sponsorship levels range from $250-$5,000. For sponsorships and tickets, please visit www.calmwaters.org/ripplesofhope or 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.