Kentucky couple’s generosity to give gift of blue for years to come

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Thanks to the generosity of a
philanthropy-focused Kentucky couple, deserving FFA members will be getting a
gift of blue for years to come.


Don and Mira Ball, who co-founded Lexington, Ky.-based custom home-building
company Ball Homes more than 50 years ago, kicked off 2014 National FFA Week by
inviting some National FFA and Kentucky FFA officers to their home and share
details about an endowment they created to support the National FFA
Organization’s Give the Gift of Blue campaign.

The campaign relies on financial contributions to the National FFA Foundation
used to provide a new, official FFA corduroy jacket to members who can’t afford
one. The Balls created a $500,000 endowment that will award up to 400 free FFA
jackets each year to qualified members.

Don Ball grew up in western Kentucky. He is a former local and regional FFA
officer – the jacket he wore was handed down to him so backing the Give the Gift
of Blue campaign is especially meaningful to him – who went on to graduate from
the University of Kentucky. Within five years of graduation, he and his wife
started Ball Homes, which has flourished and allowed the couple to give back to
a host of community organizations and endeavors, including FFA.

He believes that the experiences and values instilled in him through his
involvement in FFA played a big role in his career and philanthropic successes.
His training in parliamentary procedure, he said, served him well in his three
terms in the Kentucky state legislature.

“If it wasn’t for FFA, I wouldn’t have made it out of my driveway,” he said.
“I’m proud that I have been able to give back to my community in ways I would
have never imagined.”

Duane Brodt
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Organization

SOURCE National FFA Organization

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