YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley | Special Events

Keys of Hope Luncheon

Save the Date: Thursday, May 6 2021

We invite you to mark your calendars for the 11th annual Keys of Hope Luncheon, scheduled for Thursday, May 6, 2021. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this event will again be held virtually.

Despite being held virtually, we are still excited to bring together friends and supporters for the inspirational event you have come to know and love. Join us as an individual guest or as a Host for Hope! To register to attend or learn more about becoming a virtual table host click here!

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

Hope Partners

Empowering Partners

Julia Bentley

Supporting Partners


First Horizon Bank

The Trust Company

Margaret Butler

The Sharp Companies

UT College of Law

Del-Air Mechanical Contractors

Hines and Company, P.C.

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