For Sally and Tim Snavely, their gracious home with its majestic views offers the opportunity to open their doors to causes they care about.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Sally and Tim Snavely made their way to Louisville ten years ago where they were eager to find a way to immerse themselves into the community. For Sally, volunteering was the obvious solution. Having been involved with the United Way in St. Louis, they were immediately drawn to Louisville’s Metro United Way.
On a balmy, August day, Sally sat down with me in the stunning living room of the home she and Tim moved into four years ago, to share her excitement over the hundredth anniversary celebration of the Metro United Way that she is chairing. “The Metro United Way has never had a gala. There won’t be any type of auctions silent or otherwise. It is simply celebrating one hundred years of helping this community.” There will be plenty of surprises. “I can’t tell you exactly what they will be,” she says, “but it will be a special evening full of food, fun, and music.”
Giving back to the community comes naturally for Sally. “My mom was the best volunteer. That is what I saw growing up.” She carries on that legacy with grace, warmth, and a generous spirit. She and Tim also open their gorgeous home for various charitable events. When Theresa Reno-Weber became the Metro United Way’s new president and CEO, Sally and Tim hosted a party in her honor.
"I am just amazed at the impact and the presence in this city."
The home is built and decorated to accommodate large-scale entertaining. There are a variety of plush, comfortable seating areas spread throughout. The outdoor space with a recently-added fireplace provides guests with a view of the lush landscape. Party preparations are flawless with the butler’s pantry and open kitchen. Sally has made each room warm and inviting with her own personal touches.
She takes the same personal approach to chairing this historic gala— eagerly embracing all the planning and meetings such as her sessions with Chef Graham Weber of the Downtown Louisville Marriott where the gala will take place. “He is so easy to work with and such a talent. The food is going to be amazing.” She wants the evening to be a tribute to the tremendous contributions that the Metro United Way has shared with the community. “I am just amazed at the impact and the presence in this city,” she says. “I especially love the way they have focused on education. So many children benefiting from their kindergarten readiness program.”
"People are so friendly here. I have met some of my dearest friends while volunteering."
Even though Tim and Sally have only been in Louisville a relatively short time, they have embraced the community with an open heart. “People are so friendly here. I have met some of my dearest friends while volunteering.”
The 100th Anniversary of the Metro United Way Changing Generations
Saturday, November 11th, 2017 at 6:30
Louisville Marriott Downtown
For more information visit www.metrounitedway.org/100gala or call 502-292-6225