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Lynchburg Beacon of Hope presents HOPEx

Time: March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue: Historic Academy Theatre
Cost: $25 – $100

Lynchburg Beacon of Hope proudly presents HOPEx, our third annual live-speaker evening of storytelling and inspiration.  This year, our narratives will explore “The Exponential Power of Connection.”  Our storytellers, young and seasoned alike, will share how connections redefine our sense of purpose, impact us in profound ways, and create inspiration for positive change.

Mainstage speakers will include:

  • US Air Force General Steve Wilson, a distinguished military leader with a wealth of strategic expertise, offers a unique perspective on leadership, resilience, and the power of lifting others
  • Physician, Philanthropist, and former NFL Player Samkon Gado shares stories of connections across oceans, anonymous generosity, and sheer determination
  • Historian and local podcaster Billy Hansen explores the beauty in an unlikely connection which changed two lives forever
  • Local comedienne and Curious Historian Kathleen Davis will led us as our Emcee for the evening,
  • And five young Lynchburg students will share their stories of the exponential power of connection

HOPEx is brought to you by Lynchburg Beacon of Hope and the generous support of Presenting Sponsor, Centra Health. Spotlight Sponsors include Moore and Giles, Framatome, Innovative Wireless Technologies, Select Bank, and Foster Fuels.

Tickets can be purchased through the Academy Center of the Arts or at HOPExTalk.Org.


Regular: $50*
Pre-Event Reception (Starts at 5:30 PM) + Ticket: $100*
Student/Teacher Price: $25*

*Plus taxes and fees

For more information or to purchase tickets to this performance, contact our Bank of the James Ticketing Office at (434) 846-8499.

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Age Requirement

All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket for this event unless otherwise stated. All ages are welcome.

Camera Policy

Videography and audio recording during the performances are prohibited. Photography of the set on stage is allowed pre-show, post-show, and during intermission. But we do ask that you show our designers and visiting performers some love by crediting them (and by tagging us) in your social media posts.

Content Advisory

The Academy Center of the Arts offers a diverse selection of entertainment. Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every guest or for all ages. Ticket buyers should take responsibility for making informed decisions regarding their purchases. We recommend visiting the official show website of each show you are coming to see at the Academy. If you ever have questions about the content or appropriateness of a show, please contact us at [email protected].

Doors Open

Our lobby doors open 60 minutes prior to show time. House doors open 30 minutes prior to show time for seating.

Parking & Directions

Parking is available on-site and throughout downtown Lynchburg. Our parking map (linked below) shows all of the free public and paid parking available. In addition, street parking is also available on most streets.

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Ticketing Policies

Ticketing purchases are non-refundable. By purchasing a ticket to an event at The Academy Center of the Arts, you are agreeing to our ticketing policy. View our full ticketing policy.


Want to volunteer and see this show for free? Contact Mele Thompson, [email protected]for more information.