Night of Hope Fundraiser to Feature Chef Jeff Henderson

Nov 15, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Supporters and volunteers at Lexington's Hope Center enjoyed a specially prepared  meal today and got up close and personal with the agency's Night of Hope fundraiser keynote speaker.

World renowned Chef Jeff Henderson shared his journey of going from a drug felon in prison to running the kitchens at Caesar's Palace and the Bellagio resorts in Las Vegas.  Henderson recruited a number of Hope Center clients to help prepare what he calls a feast of hope.

"You know the food was the anchor in my life's story of transformation to get people here but today is really about the talent who helped put this amazing meal together.  The young man who made the fresh yeast bread this morning for the plate, the friendly fried chicken-a recipe I brought home from prison and just the love and the hands that touched the food today for this amazing community here." 

He also emphasized that above all, everyone can get a fresh start. 

"It doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter what your story is doesn’t matter where you came from.  I believe that and I believe the Hope Center believes as well that everyone has the powerful potential to change their lives and no matter what deck of cards we were dealt in life, it’s never too late.  It’s never too late ‘till you take your last breath.” 

The Ball Homes Night of Hope, featuring Chef Jeff, takes place tonight at 7 at the Lexington Opera House.  Tickets range from $15-$50.