FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- March 6, 2019
Media Contact: Erin Engelke
Calm Waters Center for Children and Families Launches Charlotte Lankard Giving Society
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Calm Waters Center for Children and Families, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Oklahoma City providing free support groups for children and families on their grief journey caused by death, divorce or other significant loss, launched the Charlotte Lankard Giving Society with an inaugural reception at the home of Michael Bradley and Shelly Giese on Tuesday, March 5.
“I have never had anything named after me,” said Charlotte Lankard, Calm Waters Founder. “I am so excited to be a part of an organization fighting for grieving children and I know that through Societies such as this one, we can make an even greater impact on families in our community.”
The evening consisted of heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by The Mad Platter and a program which included a moving story by a past Grief Group participant whose husband suddenly died last year.
“Charlotte Lankard has been pivotal in the growth and success of Calm Waters and we are so grateful to honor her withour new giving society,” said Calm Waters Executive Director, Erin Engelke. “We have over 40 society members committed and are hopeful to reach our goal of 100 before the end of our fiscal year. The funds will directly impact hurting children and families in our community.”
The speaker, Cheneah Williams, mother to a 9 year old son who also attended Calm Waters’ free Grief Support Group, shared her grief story with those in attendance, including, Gene Rainbolt, Kay Goebel, John and Judy Mee, Bruce and Donna Lawrence and many others.
“I wasn’t prepared for the journey we had to walk after the funeral, phone calls and visits were over,” said Williams. “I was doing my best to put one foot in front of the other, I didn’t know how to help myself cope, much less my son. Calm Waters helped me put the pieces of my life back together. A few weeks into group, my son started sleeping in his own bed again and we both learned what our new normal would look like.”
Williams and her son are two of more than 4,300 individuals who benefitted from Calm Waters services last year. Calm Waters recently began offering year-round support groups, a change they hope allows more grieving families to participate. As Calm Waters’ groups continually grow, the need for additional funding is needed.
“The Charlotte Lankard Giving Society is a wonderful way to honor an amazing woman in our community while also providing children and families with the opportunity to heal after a loss,” said Engelke.
For more information about the society and how to join, please visit www.calmwaters.org/charlotte-lankard-giving-society.
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 Center and School Based 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.