Our 2019 Hope Gala team was simply amazing! They took all the lessons learned from 2018, plus some new ideas, and crafted an even that was elegant, fun, and flawless. It’s hard to believe all of this was done by volunteers…
Leading the way was Wendy Jackson at Hot Coffee & a Keyboard. When it came to project management, Wendy was always on top of everything – from planning, to printing, to advertising, to graphic design, she covered it all.
Lauri Miller also deserves special recognition as our volunteer coordinator. She herded the cats, managed all the details, and led our team during execution of the Gala.
This year we partnered with Athens Technical College for the decor in the Rialto Room. The faculty at Athens Tech embraced the idea that the students could run a live event as a part of their curriculum, and it was an amazing success.
Shelby Wharton led the team from the Hotel, Restaurant, and Event Management class, which also included Rae Merritt.
Kaytlen Page led the team from the Interior Design class, which included Rebecca Avery, Bella Goodwin, Hui Wang, Catherine Irwin, Karen Kirkpatrick, Vanessa Murray, Miriam Pena, Yaneth Robles Moreno, Kim Roche, and Stephanie Ross. These ladies came up with the concepts for the theme for the Gala, and then did all the design work to take the concept to reality the night of the event.
We also want to thank Vanessa Murray and Tinsley Ballard for providing the violin music throughout the evening.
Chuck Hayes continued his command performance as our MC, and he nailed it again! Take a look at the event photos!
We greatly appreciate all of our sponsors, who made this event such as success. As you shop or look for services, please keep these donors in mind – it is our chance to “give back” to those that have also “given back” to our community.
Entertainment provided by
David & Missy Lerch, compliments of Shell Oil
Dr Louis & Rebecca Kudon
James & Jessica Whitley
Rich & Linda Crooks
(Jasper County, SC located within the Savannah Wildlife Refuge)
Orkin Pest Control
Mother and daughter artists Mallory Moye & Rebecca Bundrick
Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe
Athens Oconee Dentistry
Brandi & Joe Terry
Davis Tree Service
Heyward Allen Toyota
North Oconee Animal Hospital
Trifecta Real Estate Advisors
The Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity at Lock Haven University
The Georgia Center
Jennings Mill Country Club
Melanie Morgan Jewelry
Berry Coating, Inc
Lowe’s at Epps Bridge
Bradford Renaissance Portraits
Friends of Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation
The Pearl Girls
Misty Segars at Nationwide Insurance
The Boykin Team Real Estate
The Pine Food and Drink
Southern Brewing Company
Above Barre/Tilt Cycling
Noris Diaz at Farmers Insurance
5 Points Bottle Shop
Dr. Bob Wicklein
Rise Nutrition Solutions
Bone Island Grill
Creature Comforts Brewing Company
Lindsey’s Culinary Market
Chops & Hops
Fox’s Pizza Den
Advanced Massage Therapies
The Falls Restaurant
State Botanical Garden of GA
Elite Pet Sitting
Ike & Jane Cafe and Bakery
Leslie McElhannon at Mary Kay
Jessica Wheatley at Thirty-One Gifts
Angela VerStraete at Arbonne
The Stone Store
Saucehouse Barbeque, Athens
Pawtery (Kathie Anderson)
The Pine Food & Drink
The Classic Center
The Home Depot
The Winthrop Foundation
Sycamore Veterinary Services
Mark your calendars
“The Hope Gala” is planned for Jan 25th, 2020. This is The Foundation’s premier annual event. We will share heavy hors d’oeuvres, good music, and good friends at the Rialto Room (donated by Hotel Indigo). Dress is upscale business casual, with ties discouraged.
Let’s celebrate Ashton’s passion for life, and raise money to help fulfill her passion for educating women in our local community. All proceeds from the event will stay 100% local and will go toward helping women in the local area become stronger, more productive members of the community.
Stay tuned for additional details, and please contact us if you can volunteer! AshtonHopeKeeganFoundation@gmail.com or (660) 233-2512.
Rachel O’Neal was our headliner in 2019, and she was spectacular. If you get a chance to see her at one of Athens’ local venues, give yourself a treat and go – you’re guaranteed to enjoy the show.
Rachel O’Neal has come into her own as an established songwriter and solo performer in Athens, GA. Her music deftly navigates her varied influences, including indie-rock, jazz, and southern Americana. Her semi-autobiographical lyrics touch on love, loss, hope, freedom and inner strength, and it is in this swirl that her soulful voice guides you through to the message.