Attend or Sponsor an Event

You can join in the effort of rebuilding lives by taking part in one of the inspirational Hope Center events that take place each year. You can attend an event, volunteer or become a sponsor. Sponsorships are a great way for businesses to show the community that they reach out to those in need in Lexington. Terrific sponsor partnerships are available; contact or call Carrie or Lauren at 859-225-4673 for more information.


Ball Homes Night of Hope

Since 2009, the Ball Homes Night of Hope has been the premier event of the year for the Hope Center. Past speakers include Chris Gardner (author of The Pursuit of Happyness), Jeanette Walls (author of The Glass Castle), Steve Lopez (author of The Soloist), Chef Jeff (Food Network star) and Chris Herren (former NBA star). All proceeds from the evening go to the Hope Center, battling homelessness, addiction and mental illness.

Supporters and clients of the Hope Center packed the Lexington Opera House on October 27th for the Ball Homes Night of Hope. This year’s program featured uplifting music from UK Opera Theatre, video vignettes from Hope Center clients, and a candid, compelling talk from this our guest, Meredith Baxter, iconic television star Meredith Baxter, of “Family Ties”. Meredith Baxter is very passionate about the topic of recovery – she’s been in recovery for over 20 years (and mentors others). With an enthusiastic thank-you from our clients as the finale, it was a night to remember. We wish to thank the following for making this evening possible:

Sponsorships are key to the success of this event, which raises over $100,000 for the Hope Center. If you or your company would like to partner with us on this event, contact Carrie Thayer at 859-225-4673 or


Sponsors of the
2016 Ball Homes Night of Hope featuring Meredith Baxter

Ball Homes
Don & Cathy Jacobs
Alliance Coal, LLC – iHeart Media – Johnny Carino’s – Tops in Lex
Ashland, Inc. – BB&T – Caller Properties LLC – Dinsmore & Shohl LLP – Frank Hamilton Enterprises
Harrod Concrete & Stone Co. Inc. – Kentucky Utilities – Lexington Clinic – UPS
University of Kentucky College of Nursing – Wabuck Development Company, Inc
Alltech – Atchison-Heller Construction Co. – Beacon Properties – Bluegrass Office Systems Inc. –
Breeding, Henderson & Hord, PLLC – Cardinal Office Products – Central Bank & Trust Company – Community Action Council
Community Trust Bank – Jean & Gene Cravens – Crist Creona Designs – Judy & Cecil Dunn – Fifth Third Bank
Mr. & Mrs. Louis Hillenmyer – Hilliard Lyons – Jack Kain Ford –  James Motor Company – Keeneland Association
Kentucky American Water – Kentucky Housing Corporation – Kinkhead & Stilz
Roger Kirkpatrick and Solly Van Meter, in recognition of the generosity of Cathy Jacobs
LEX18 – Lexington Diagnostic Center & Open MRI – Lexington Herald-Leader – McBrayer – Mr. John McCarty
Mr. Joseph Minor – PNC Bank – The Pain Treatment Center for the Bluegrass -Powell Walton Milward – Revived Productions
The Ridge – Rodes Family – Terry Scariot – Rouse Companies – Mr. & Mrs. James Sprow
Smiley Pete Publishing – Mr. & Mrs. James Sprow – University of Kentucky – WKYT – WUKY


Johnny Carino’s Hoops for Hope

Johnny Carino's Hoops for Hope Johnny-Carino's-Team Great-Hoops-Shot

Your 5 minutes of glory are here. 

Save lives and shoot hoops at Rupp – it’s a win-win! You and your teammates will have five minutes to hoop it up and rebuild lives on the Rupp Arena floor during the third annual Johnny Carino’s Hoops for Hope to benefit the Hope Center.

Forty-four teams hit the floor at Rupp Arena on November 10th for the fourth annual Johnny Carino’s Hoops for Hope. Our enthusiastic players and sponsors raised over $30,000 for those battling homelessness, addiction and mental illness in our community. We also welcomed emcee Steve Tressler, Legendary Games, and Circles of Love, who helped with our Hula Hoops for Hope contest! All of our teams put forth tremendous effort both on the court and off, and our winners are:

Individual Fundraising: Kolby and Andrew from Beacon Bad Boys (tied)

Team Fundraising:
#1 Team Johnny Carino’s
#2 Beacon Bad Boys
#3 Big Blue BB&T

Team Scoring:
#1 Humana CareSource with 223 points
#2 Barry Holmes Hopeful Hoopers with 189 points
#3 Community Trust 1 with 167 points

How it works:
– Create your team of four – friends, family, or coworkers are all great!
– Setup your FREE Team and Individual Fundraising websites
– Compete against other corporate and community teams in fundraising and five-minute shootouts
– Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Highest Team Score, Most Funds Raised – Team, and Most Funds Raised – Individual

Ready! Set! Shoot for Hope! Contact Carrie Thayer at 859-225-4673 or to be a part of rebuilding lives! 


Don & Mira Ball Education Builds Hope Luncheon raises funds for One Parent Scholar House, a Hope Center Agency

One Parent Scholar House

The 2017 Don & Mira Ball Education Builds Hope Luncheon is scheduled for May 18, 2017 at 12:15 pm at The Carrick House in Downtown Lexington. Education Builds Hope, now in it’s sixth year, is the premier fundraiser for One Parent Scholar House, a program that empowers single parents to earn their college degree by providing affordable housing for their families, on-site care and development for their children, counseling, and support from a community of staff and neighbors. This year’s featured speaker is Jennifer Maggio, a leading single parent advocate. 

Featured Speaker, Jennifer Maggio is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of The Life of a Single Mom, a global nonprofit that serves more than 50,000 single mothers each year. At 19, Maggio was pregnant for the fourth time, living in government housing on food stamps and welfare. She shares with great openness her pain, mistakes, and journey. She ultimately became an 11-time Circle of Excellence winner in Corporate America and one of the most successful women executive’s in her company’s history. Maggio is passionate about seeing single parents thrive. She left her corporate successes behind to launch a global initiative to see single moms living a life of total freedom from financial failures, parenting woes, and emotional issues. She is the multi-award winning author of four books and a national advocate for single parents. Her personal story has been featured in hundreds of media venues, including The New York Times. She was most recently named one of the Top 10 Most Influential People in America by Best-Selling author, Dr. John Maxwell.

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Sponsorship information about the event can be found at or by contacting
Carrie Thayer at (859) 225-4673 or at

To view our gallery of past Education Builds Hope photos, please visit the Education Builds Hope gallery