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March 19, 2023

The Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation will host our 12th Annual Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 19, 2023 in person at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort in Lexington, KY with a virtual viewing option also. This event not only recognizes the best current and past high school basketball players from across the state, but also serves as a fundraiser for the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation. Our mission is to provide vision services through education, detection, prevention, treatment and empowerment. Through collaborative partnerships, we enable greater independence and increased quality of life for all Kentuckians while focusing on children and adults in financial need. KLEF is committed to filling the gaps that exist for many Kentuckians by providing affordable access to vision services, and our reach extends across the Commonwealth. On average, our volunteers provide nearly 40,000 free vision screenings to children and adults each year and because of our screenings, thousands of vision impairments have been detected and treated.  

Since 1954, the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation has announced Mr. Kentucky Basketball and has announced Miss Kentucky Basketball since 1976. The announcements were previously released to the media with no formal ceremony to present players with an award. In 2012, KLEF held the first official Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball Awards Ceremony, and the 2023 event will mark the 12th consecutive year for hosting the Awards Ceremony. 

Thanks to our supporters, our 2022 event was a record-breaking success,

raising over $40,000 to support the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation! 




2023 KY Lions Club Fundraising Competition

District 43-K

District 43-Y


Club Gifts:


Club Gifts:

Cynthiana Lions Club - $200.00
Middletown Lions Club - $500.00
Florence Lions Club - $800.00
Monticello Lions Club - $100.00

Special Thanks To Our Corporate Sponsors

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KLEF is grateful for the generosity of our Event Sponsors, including the Louisville Downtown Lions Club (Gold Sponsor Level) and the Lexington Lions Club (Silver Sponsor Level), and others.


These Club sponsorships are not reflected in the Club event donations being tracked through this webpage, but the support is greatly appreciated!

Special Thanks To These  Individuals & Organizations For Your Support:

  • Chuck Carlson

  • Scott Chalk

  • Donna & Harold Dennis

  • Griffin Gate Marriott Resort

  • KABC


  • Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame

  • Middletown Lions Club

  • Rupp Arena

  • Christi Thomas

  • Kayla VanHoose

  • William Warfield

  • Mark Webster

  • & MORE (Our list grows daily - THANK YOU) 

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