YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley | Special Events

Keys of Hope Luncheon

Save the Date: 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, we anticipate this event will be held virtually and in-person. Stay tuned for more details coming in early 2021.

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 below:

More information on the Luncheon, our sponsors and table hosts can be found here. If you feel moved to give the gift of hope, please click the link below. Thank you for your generosity.

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 2020 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

First Horizon Bank


Mac Stalcup

Susan Edwards

Sylvia Peters


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.