Education Builds Hope


Education Build Hope


This is a virtual event.


Cara Brookins

Cara Brookins built her own 3,500 square foot house by using YouTube tutorials. After surviving domestic violence, she was faced with the stark challenge of providing for her four children, with no one to turn to but herself. In desperate need of a home—but without the means to buy one—she did something incredible. She built one from scratch, while rebuilding her family.
The author of eight books, including Rise: How a House Built a Family, takes you behind the scenes of her inspiring, gone-viral story. Cara has appeared on The Today Show, CBS, and Inside Edition and had her story featured in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, and Southern Living. Her memoir was optioned for a film, Rise, which will be released as a major motion picture in 2020.

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Event Sponsors

Title Sponsor:
Don and Mira Ball

Presenting Sponsor:
Cathy Jacobs and Don Jacobs, Sr. Charitable Foundation

Magna Cum Laude:
UK Office of Philanthropy
Cum Laude:
Computer Services and Solutions
US Bank
Wabuck Development Company
Dean’s List:
BB&T, now Truist
Beacon Properties
Carrie Thayer Cardwell and David Cardwell
Central Bank
Clay Ingels, Co.
Community Action Council
Community Trust Wealth & Trust Management
Jean and Gene Cravens
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Melanie and David Dowell
Fifth Third Bank
Harrod Concrete & Stone
James Motor Company
Kentucky Community and Technical College System
Ken and Jane Kerns
Lexington Housing Authority
Jill and John McCarty
Minuteman Press
Nawanna and George Privett
Erin and Bill Rouse
Ruth and Robert Straus
TOPS Marketing Group
Transylvania University
UK HealthCare


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