YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley | Special Events

Keys of Hope Luncheon

YWCA's 11th Annual Keys of Hope Luncheon

YWCA held its 11th Annual Keys of Hope Virtual Luncheon on Thursday, May 6, 2021. Thanks to our incredibly generous supporters, over $104,000 was raised to support YWCA's life-saving programs and services! If you weren't able to join us live, you can watch the full virtual event by clicking here!

We are incredibly grateful for our generous partners, supporters and friends giving the gift of hope. It is with your help that the women and families we serve across the Tennessee Valley are empowered to achieve their goals.

Why Keys of Hope?

YWCA’s Keys of Hope Luncheon exists to support the YWCA’s essential Keys of Hope Women’s Program which provides safe, affordable housing for 58 women in downtown Knoxville for up to two years.

At the YWCA, 24-hour staff provides support and monthly programming for women to encourage goal planning, career advancement, self-care, budgeting, and permanent housing. In 2019, the YWCA housed 142 women and received over 1,000 calls for housing. The need is overwhelming!

Who Are the Women of Keys of Hope?

Like 87% of our residents, Sue* has a history of domestic violence. Last year, Sue lost her job and soon found herself homeless and living in a motel. She came to the YWCA seeking a safe place to start over. After meeting with a program counselor, Sue moved into the Keys of Hope Women’s Program. She participated in financial literacy classes and health and wellness classes. With job training, she was able to find new employment and pay off her debts. Sue is working full-time and recently saved enough money to transition into her own permanent housing.

Why YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley?

Funds raised through this event support life-changing programs that empower victims of domestic violence; provide a safe, nurturing environment for our most at-risk youth; encourage boys and men to prevent violence against women; and provide safe, affordable housing to women and their families, in Knoxville and throughout the Tennessee Valley.

Experience the 10th Annual Keys of Hope Luncheon

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, YWCA celebrated the 10th Annual Keys of Hope Luncheon VIRTUALLY on August 13, 2020. The entire program, including powerful guest speakers, inspiring stories, and a live musical performance from a former YWCA client can be watched here!


Thank You to Our 2021 Sponsors

Thank you to our generous partners for supporting YWCA's Keys of Hope Luncheon:

Key Partner

Promise Partners

Wanda and John Sobieski

Hope Partners

Empowering Partners

Julia Bentley

Supporting Partners


Del-Air Mechanical Contractors

First Horizon Bank

Hines and Company, P.C.

Margaret Butler

Stalcup Benefits Company

The Sharp Companies

The Trust Company

UT College of Law

Interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities? Please contact Marina Taylor, Director of Development, at 865-523-6126 or kreel@ywcaknox.com. All sponsor benefits are tailored to best serve each partner.