Changing Lives Gala 2020

Thank you for changing lives! 

Ballard supporters convened for small gatherings or virtually to learn more about the services of the Ballard Center at the Virtual Changing Lives Gala. They applauded the success of two Ballard families, and maybe even shed a tear as their touching stories were shared in the videos below. Board member John Krehbiel eloquently detailed the importance of supporting Ballard’s mission, and CEO Becky Price laid out the struggles the Ballard Center has faced since the outbreak of COVID-19.

In turn, the guests heard our call to change lives and responded by supporting the most vulnerable in our community. These personal, at-home events will play a crucial role in assisting Ballard in its mission of helping families achieve self-sufficiency through early childhood education and needs-based services. Thank you for your support of the Ballard Center! 

REMEMBER: You can donate to the Ballard Center here

The Need

We may not be able to bring our speakers and kids to you in person, but we’ve got the next best thing with these two videos! First, the Ballard Center children look back on the months we were closed and why they’re glad to be back. Second, listen to two families linked to the Ballard Center share their heartwarming stories. Ballard has helped both families overcome obstacles and stand strong in the face of adversity. Ballard CEO Becky Price and board member John Krehbiel share information on how you can help the Ballard Center continue assisting community members in need of our services.

Online Auction

Take advantage of your chance to win a fabulous dinner catered by Evan Williams!

As our event moves online, so does our auction! Bidding begins August 14 and ends at noon on August 28. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. on August 28. To get the auction link sent directly to your phone, text the word Ballard to 785-384-9496. Visit the online auction by following this link:

Support our cause, have fun doing it, and give yourself a chance to win fabulous items or experiences! Items up for grabs include a dinner under the stars along with the Thellman Family at Juniper Hill Farm, a dinner at former House Governor Kathleen Sebelius’ house in Old West Lawrence catered by Evan Williams, a Dessert of the Month Club for one year baked by Judge Paula Martin, raffle tickets and much more!

If you have any questions or issues with the auction platform, please email

Changing Lives 2019

Our Changing Lives Gala Newsletter is hot of the presses! Check it out below.