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Lexington, Kentucky

Ellen Fairbanks & Liz Yates || Co-Chapter Leaders

Hi, I’m Ellen! I have been married for 12 years to my husband Phil and we have three children Max (8), Nicholas (6) and Emily (4).  I was born in Kentucky, grew up in Pennsylvania and returned to Kentucky to attend the University of Kentucky.  I’ve been here ever since! I enjoy being outdoors especially to bike, swim and run. I love spending time with family, reading, and baking cakes from scratch, particularly birthday cakes! 


I heard about Box of Balloons on a local radio station.  The mission to bring joy to children in our local community inspired me. Through working and volunteering in our local schools, I have seen firsthand the joy a simple act of kindness can bring a child in need.

Liz Peace Yates || Co-Chapter Leader

Hello, I am Liz Peace Yates.  I grew up in Lexington, Ky.  I attended the University of Kentucky majoring in advertising and public relations.  After college, I moved away from Lexington for 14 years. Living in New Orleans, Cincinnati and Nashville.  I moved home in 2017.  My husband and I have been married just under two years. I guess we are still considered newlyweds. J  Both our families also live in Lexington, so we enjoying spending time with them.  I enjoy traveling, biking and live music. 


I have always been a “big birthday person.”  This is the reason that I am drawn to Box of Balloons.  I feel that birthdays should be a time to celebrate.  A time to bring together family and friends.  The celebration reminds a child of the love in his or her life. 

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