By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2009
CREOKS Behavioral Health Services is hosting its 2nd annual Art of Hope Gala. Pictured: Brent Black, licensed professional counselor and executive director, and Mike Wise, director of development and training.
On Saturday, October 3, CREOKS Behavioral Health Services is hosting its 2nd annual Art of Hope Gala at Warren Place’s Doubletree Hotel. Proceeds from this event will benefit CREOKS, particularly their services for indigent children.
“About 80 percent of the work that our Tulsa offices do is with children’s services,” says Brent Black, licensed professional counselor and CREOKS’s executive director. “Our services to kids have doubled in the last three years, and it’s really made a dramatic impact.”
CREOKS, a non-profit organization founded in 1980, provides a tremendous array of behavioral health and substance abuse services in over 35 locations across northeast Oklahoma. School-based counseling offers troubled children help with behavioral problems, poor grades, or other problems created by environmental, mental or behavioral difficulties. The Children’s Crisis Mobile Team offers outreach, assessments, crisis intervention and more for individuals experiencing a mental health emergency. Wraparound, through Systems of Care, creates a lasting support network for children and adolescents with the most severe emotional or behavioral disturbances. These are just a few of CREOKS’s services; others include various substance abuse, psychiatric and counseling programs, as well as crisis intervention.
“We offer our services for free and at reduced costs for those without health insurance,” says Black. “We do a lot of community outreach, and we have so many therapies and rehab services. Our school- and home-based services are designed to be convenient for those we’re serving.”
Black has been with CREOKS for over five years. “I’m attracted to helping people problem-solve. It’s such a great thing to help a child work through a traumatic event, to prevent a divorce, to help somebody get sober and stay sober.”
In 2008, CREOKS served over 4,800 individuals, all of whom received care either for free or at reduced cost. “We realize the economy isn’t so great right now, but people still need services, and donations make it possible for us to provide those services,” says Mike Wise, CREOKS’s director of development and training.
The Art of Hope Gala kicks off on October 3 at 6 p.m. with a pre-gala cocktail party and silent auction. The main event begins at 7 p.m. and features dinner, dancing, and live music from Grady Nichols and his band. A live auction will include jewelry, vacations, art, and OU and OSU memorabilia. The event’s guest of honor is Dr. Steve Grissom, chief psychologist at the Office of Juvenile Affairs.
Last year, over 100 people attended the Art of Hope Gala, and CREOKS raised nearly $20,000. This year they’re hoping for 200 guests. “Last year was a great success, and we had a great time,” says Wise.
Tickets for the Art of Hope Gala are $225 per couple and $125 per person. Increased levels of sponsorship are available; these include preferred seating for the event, recognition in print and in media releases and during the event, advertising in the event program, and much more.
The 2nd annual Art of Hope Gala is Saturday, October 3 at the Doubletree Hotel at Warren Place (61st and Yale). For more information on the Art of Hope Gala, sponsorship or CREOKS’s services, give them a call at (918) 227-1662. You can visit them on the web at www.creoks.org.