Five Local Foundations and Businesses Donate $28,350 to Calm Waters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 15, 2019

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Five Local Foundations and Businesses Donate $28,350 to Calm Waters

Calm Waters celebrates gifts from the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, the Kerr Foundation, the Philip Boyle Foundation, the Oklahoma City Dodgers and Oklahoma Fidelity Bank.

 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Calm Waters Center for Children and Families, the only grief center in Central Oklahoma offering free grief support services to the entire family, proudly announces recent donations totaling $28,350 from five Oklahoma-based foundations and businesses.

“To be sustained by three longstanding Oklahoma funding institutions such as the Gaylord, Kerr and Phillip Boyle Foundation, and to receive local support from Oklahoma City’s very own baseball team and their generous partner, Oklahoma Fidelity Bank, means that Calm Waters can continue to provide our FREE grief support services to Oklahoma families navigating a tremendous personal loss,” said Erin Engelke, Calm Waters Executive Director.

Pictured from left to right: Summer Killion and Michael Byrnes, Oklahoma City Dodgers Baseball; Erin Engelke, Calm Waters, Brix the Mascot, Oklahoma City Dodgers Baseball, Amberly Ward and Ethan Ward, Calm Waters clients, and Jeff Ronen and Jan Zubia, Oklahoma Fidelity Bank.

“We are proud to stand with our friends at the Oklahoma City Dodgers in support of organizations doing life-changing work in the community,” said Jeff Ronen, president of Oklahoma Fidelity Bank. “We are inspired by the compassionate care that Calm Waters provides to children and families, and thank the staff and volunteers who help bring comfort to those in need.”

“The Dodgers are so proud to partner with Oklahoma Fidelity Bank to support Calm Waters,” said Michael Byrnes, the president and general manager of Oklahoma City Dodgers Baseball. “For the past two seasons, we have rallied our fans around the excitement of Dodgers home runs to celebrate the mission of Calm Waters and raise meaningful funds to support the programs and families they serve.”

The Oklahoma City Dodgers and Oklahoma Fidelity Bank each donated $50 for every Dodgers home run this past season to the Home Run Donation program, and gave a combined gift of $4,850 to Calm Waters.

In addition, the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant, the Kerr Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant and the Phillip Boyle Foundation has awarded a $2,500 grant. All of the recent donations will fund grief support for children and families in their grief journeys caused by death or divorce.

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 40,000 individuals across the Greater OKC Metro Area through their Center and School Support Groups. For more information about Calm Waters and their services, visit or call 405-841-4800. Calm Waters is a proud United Way of Central Oklahoma Partner Agency.