PR class organizes benefit for homeless

night of hope

WILMORE, KY—Asbury College students in Prof. Peter Kerr’s public relations class host “An Evening of Hope: A Night to Benefit the Hope Center” at the R.J. Corman Hangar in Nicholasville Friday, Nov. 16. Community members can support the homeless as they enjoy fine dining, entertainment and participate in a silent auction to raise funds for The Hope Center. This event coincides with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

Students planned and organized the benefit night as a part of a class project.

“We believe in hands-on education, and the students in our public relations class decided to champion the cause of the homeless this year,” said Kerr, assistant professor of communication. “It has been amazing to watch the community come together to support such a worthy cause.”

The gala event features two-time Kentucky Derby winner Chris McCarron as the keynote speaker. McCarron, a Hall of Fame inductee, was the nation’s leading jockey on six occasions and won two Eclipse Awards. Valeria Cummings Swope, former anchor and reporter for WKYT-TV for more than 21 years, will emcee the event.

“The Hope Center is delighted by the efforts of the students from Asbury College,” said Kim Livesay, associate director of development at the Hope Center. “These students know what they are doing, and I hope the community backs the effort so that we can make this an annual event.”

Entertainment includes Dan Jackson, the exclusive performer for Governor Ernie Fletcher’s private functions. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and guests may browse the many valuable auction items. Generous donations have poured in from the community, including savings bonds from First Southern National Bank, restaurant and business gift certificates, gourmet gift baskets and tickets to the Kentucky Horse Park. Lexington’s premier Mexican restaurant, Abuelo’s, donated catering services for the event.

The Hope Center is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing life sustaining and life rebuilding services for the area’s homeless and at-risk persons. The center addresses immediate needs such as housing, food and health care, as well as the root causes of homelessness, including addictions, mental illness and lack of skills. The Hope Center’s Emergency Shelter provides an average of nearly 6,000 nights of lodging and 14,000 meals per month to homeless people in Lexington. The Hope Center has been helping the homeless community for more than 14 years.

Tickets for the evening are $30 per person or $100 for four. Tickets are selling quickly, for reservations contact Kim Livesay at 859.252.7881, ext. 3008, or All proceeds will benefit the Hope Center of Lexington.

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