Education Builds Hope

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The 2018 Don & Mira Ball Education Builds Hope Luncheon is scheduled for May 10, 2018 at 12:15 pm at the Carrick House in Downtown Lexington. Education Builds Hope, now in its seventh 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.

Tickets and more information about the event can be found here, or at, or by contacting Carrie Thayer at (859) 225-4673 or at

Featured Speaker:

Mo Isom, Best-selling Author and Former All-American Soccer Goalkeeper

Mo Isom is the New York Times Bestselling author of Wreck My Life: Journeying from Broken to Bold. She is also a popular faith-based blogger, a former All-American soccer goalkeeper and the first female to have trained with and tried out for an SEC men’s football team. She is widely recognized as a powerful female voice rising up for her generation, as her unique personal story and athletic endeavors have provided her with a platform to challenge, encourage, and equip others to live boldly, despite their circumstances. Having faced great personal tragedy—including battling an eating disorder, overcoming the suicide of her father (Mo was raised by a single mom), and surviving a horrific car accident—Mo’s story is honest, captivating and thought-provoking.

Sponsors for 2018 include:

Title Sponsor
Don & Mira Ball

Presenting Sponsor
Cathy Jacobs & Don Jacobs Sr. Charitable Foundation

Magna Cum Laude
UK Office of Philanthropy
Cum Laude
Computer Services & Solutions, Inc.
PNC Bank
Wabuck Development Company, Inc.

Dean’s List Sponsors
Atchison Heller Csontruction
Beacon/SOCAYR Property Management
Central Bank
Judge Tommy & Bonita Chandler
Clay Ingels Company
Community Trust Wealth & Trust Management
Jean & Gene Cravens
Judy & Cecil Dunn
ExecuTrain of Kentucky
Family Care Center
Fifth Third Bank
Harrod Concrete & Stone
integrity/Architecture, PLLC
James Motor Company
Johnny Carino’s
Keeneland Association
Kentucky Housing Corporation
Lexington Diagnostic Center & Open MRI
Lexington Housing Authority
Jerry & Charlotte Lundergan
McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland
Old National Bank
Dr. & Mrs. George Privett
Quantrell Auto Group
Rochambeau Photography
Erin & Bill Rouse
Smiley Pete Publishing
Spectrum Contracting Services, Inc.
Ruth & Robert Straus
TOPS Marketing Group
UK Healthcare
US Bank
Wealth South
Women Leading Kentucky

Half Table
Jane & Ken Kerns
Minuteman Press

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To view our gallery of 2016 Education Builds Hope photos, please visit the Education Builds Hope gallery