YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley | Special Events

Keys of Hope Luncheon


On March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance to cancel or postpone all in-person events with more than 50 people for the next 8 weeks. As a result, we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone the Keys of Hope Luncheon; the health and safety of our community is of the greatest importance.

Please mark your calendars to join us on Thursday, August 13 for the Keys of Hope Luncheon VIRTUALLY.

Register to be a 2020 Table Host:

*If you have already commited to being a 2020 Table Host, you are already registered. Please check your inbox for event details and instructions for inviting your guests.*

Your gift of $500 to be a 2020 Table Host is 100% tax-deductible and will benefit the life-saving programs of YWCA. Table Hosts may invite up to 30 guests! This is a fun way to bring your friends together around a cause you love.

Register to be a guest!

Join us during the lunchtime hour on August 13 from the comfort of your home, office, back patio, or vacation destination. You will be inspired by stories from YWCA clients who have shown resilience and determination before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you have attended the YWCA Keys of Hope Luncheon in previous years, contact your past Table Host and ask to join their table.

Space is unlimited so share this event with your friends!

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.

Knoxville Convention Center

701 Henley Street

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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

Presenting Sponsor

Nancy and Stephen Land

Key Partner


Promise Partners

Wanda and John Sobieski

Hope Partners

Empowering Partners

Harrison Land

The Outdoor Lights

Supporting Partners

Julia Bentley


The Sharp Companies

UT Medical Center


Mac Stalcup

Susan Edwards

Sylvia Peters


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