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Changing Lives Gala 2020

Ballard Center is excited to announce the 4th Annual CHANGING LIVES GALA in a NEW, VIRTUAL format.

This event will provide a very personal and memorable presentation of the extraordinary work of the Ballard Center. This year’s Gala experience will be different. Instead of one large event at the Jayhawk Club, we are asking our table hosts to host private events within the safety of their homes. Perfect for our new normal! We will still have guest speakers, presentations, and of course… THE KIDS!! To ensure the safety of all our guests, this will be done virtually.

Each event will allow guests to bid on auction items, make generous contributions, and of course, eat some amazing catered food from local Lawrence restaurants prepared in a safe manner. Contact your Table Hosts for time and date information.

If you have not been contacted for a Virtual Gala Event, please contact Becky Price at

Need equipment?

If you’re unable or uncomfortable with hosting your gathering in your home, you have the option for an outdoor event! Sunflower Rental, located at 3301 West 6th Street, Lawrence, KS 66049, has tables, chairs, fans and canopies available to rent.

Sunflower Rental informed us that they have a lot of availability, and can make last minute requests work for anything but canopies, which would need to be delivered. The cost for each item is as follows:

  • Chairs: $1/per chair
  • Table: $8/per long piece and $10 for a round piece
  • Fan: $25 for a pedestal fan
  • Canopy: $250 for delivery and installation of a 20X20 canopy tent. The tent must be installed in the grass and not on concrete because installation requires drilling holes.

If you need any of the following equipment for your event, call Sunflower Rental at 785-832-8767 and ask for Stacey.

Changing Lives 2019

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