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

To kick off 2014 National FFA Week, Kentucky businessman Don Ball shares details about a new $500,000 endowment that he and wife Mira recently established for the National FFA Organization with National FFA officers Mitch Baker of Tennessee (left) and Steven Brockshus of Iowa at Ball’s home in Lexington, Ky.

To kick off 2014 National FFA Week, Kentucky businessman Don Ball shares details about a new $500,000 endowment that he and wife Mira recently established for the National FFA Organization with National FFA officers Mitch Baker of Tennessee (left) and Steven Brockshus of Iowa at Ball’s home in Lexington, Ky.
(Photo by Wales Hunter/National FFA Organization)

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.”

2 comments on “Kentucky couple’s generosity to give gift of blue for years to come

  1. Thank you Don and Mira Four The Gift Of Blue I taught Vo Ag for 36 years, The FFA is a building block for future generations THANK YOU

  2. From a current FFA Member, thank you so much for contributing to this organization that means so much to so many members. Supoorters like Don and Mira are what helps us keep going! Thank you so much!

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