Ripples of Hope
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Noon to 1 p.m.
In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, join us for this virtual event to hear Sara Sweet’s raw and powerful grief journey after the death of her father and how she found a community of support, just as hundreds of children and families find in Calm Waters’ grief support programs.
Virtual event link provided via email upon ticket or sponsorship confirmation.
Sponsor commitments due by August 18
Welcome from event chair, Elizabeth Clinton, Chair
Keynote Speaker, Sara Sweet
Honoree, Dr. Kay Goebel
The Impact of Calm Waters
Virtual Door Prizes and Raffle Drawings
Elizabeth Clinton, Chair | Catherine Divis
Dawnell Foster | Lindsay Hix
Peggy Kates | Sally Kernke | Judy Mee
ABOUT THE EVENT: Ripples of Hope is an annual fundraiser for Calm Waters Center for Children and Families. We had originally hoped to host this event in person, but due to the rising cases of COVID-19, we have made the wise decision to host this much-needed event virtually. It will be just as meaningful and 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, join us for this virtual event to hear the keynote speaker, Sara Sweet’s raw and powerful grief journey after the death of her father and how she found a community of support, just as hundreds of children and families find in Calm Waters’ grief support programs. We will also celebrate board emeritus, Dr. Kay Goebel, this year’s honoree!
Every dollar raised will support children, teens and adults who have experienced traumatic loss due to death or divorce. If you choose to sponsor or purchase virtual seats to the event, a link will be sent to you. You’ll then curl up on your couch or gather a group of colleagues together to watch comfortably wherever you choose!
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Sara’s grief journey began on April 19, 1995, when her father became one of the 168 people who perished in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City and her family’s history would be forever tied to the worst act of homegrown terrorism in our nation’s history. Sara, a Kingfisher, OK native is a 1996 graduate of Oklahoma State University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
She began her career in banking, but quickly found that her heart was in the Nonprofit sector. Sara has volunteered for several local nonprofit organizations, including the Junior League of Oklahoma City, the American Heart Association, the Oklahoma City Ballet, Oklahoma City Zoological Society and the Oklahoma City National Memorial. Sara is married to Kyle and has three children and two fur babies. She loves visiting the mountains, running, her book club, art, Chicago Cubs baseball and is currently the Oklahoma City Redbud Classic race director.
EVENT HONOREE: As downtown became a federal crime scene and the decision was made to cancel the 1995 Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts because of the bombing, Dr. Kay Goebel, the festival’s co-chair, provided invaluable counsel and mental health support to the Arts Council and to a community in crisis and grief. Because of Dr. Goebel’s professional psychology training, leadership and compassion, she has been instrumental in the growth of Calm Waters since the agency’s creation, and in honor of her 90th birthday and her legacy of nonprofit service, she will be celebrated at Ripples of Hope.
Dr. Goebel, a private practice psychologist, is also a beloved past president of Calm Waters and still serves the Oklahoma City’s grief center as a Board Emeritus and continues to serve on the boards of numerous arts and social services nonprofits.
Dr. Goebel, a Kappa Kappa Gamma, earned her bachelors degree from Oregon State in 1950, her masters degree from Oklahoma City University and her Ph.D from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Goebel and her late husband, Harry, have 5 children, 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.