The Community Action Council is holding an annual fundraiser Saturday in an effort to fight poverty in Lexington and surrounding communities.
Coined LexEndPoverty, the event is designed to facilitate community conversation about poverty. Proceeds will support the council's efforts to prevent, reduce and eliminate poverty among individuals, families and communities through direct services and advocacy.
The council, which serves Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas counties, is a private, non-profit organization that works to help low-income people achieve self-sufficiency and reach their full potential. The agency was founded in 1965 to study poverty in the community and work toward a solution.
The keynote speaker for LexEndPoverty will be Cornel West, professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary and professor emeritus at Princeton University. West said he hopes to spark interest in serving others.
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"I'm just blessed to come back to Kentucky to talk about poverty, but also to talk about what it means to be a person of integrity and honesty and decency in our times," West said, "and have that sense of sensitivity to the weak and vulnerable. Be willing to serve and find joy in service."
LexEndPoverty is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center, 300 East Third Street, with a reception featuring a live band and a silent auction.
Tickets cost $50 in advance ($60 at the door) and are available through the Lyric Theatre box office. To buy tickets, call (859) 280-2218. For more information, call (859) 244-2221 or email email@example.com.