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The Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation hosted our 13th Annual Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 17, 2024 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, raising nearly $38,000 to support our mission 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 2024 event will mark the 13th consecutive year for hosting the Awards Ceremony. 


2024 KY Lions Club Fundraising Competition

District 43-K

District 43-Y


Club Gifts:


Hopkinsville Lions Club - $100.00
N. Hardin Lions Club / Mark Kelly - $50.00
Bowling Green Noon Lions Club - $600.00
Leitchfield Lions Club - $200.00
Smiths Grove Lions Club - $100.00
Daviess County Lions Club - $300.00 
Henderson Breakfast Lions Club - $100.00

Greenville Lions Club - $25.00
Livermore Lions Club - $100.00

Club Gifts:

Florence Lions Club - $800.00
Lexington Lions Club - $520.00 
Monticello Lions Club - $100.00
Cynthiana Lions Club - $200.00
Tollesboro Lions Club - $500.00
Stanford Lions Club - $500.00
Shelby County Lions Club - $50.00
Lion Pam Powers - $50.00

KLEF is grateful for the generosity of our Event Sponsors, including the Louisville Downtown Lions Club (Gold Sponsor Level), the Lexington Lions Club who purchased two tables to attend the event and the Elizabethtown Lions Club, Harrodsburg Lions Club and the Owensboro Lions Club for purchasing a table for the candidate(s) in their region. 


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 Our Corporate Sponsors

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Special Thanks To These  Individuals & Organizations For Your Support:

Awards Center - Elizabethtown, KY

Bluegrass Awards and Gifts, Middletown, KY

Christi Thomas

Donna & Harold Dennis

Griffin Gate Marriott Resort



Rupp Arena

Tonia Witt

William Warfield (PrepSpin)

And More (Our list is growing daily.) 



Special Thanks To These  Individuals & Organizations For Supporting our Auction:

Alicia Chandler
Carson's Food & Drink
Charlotte Miller
Cincinnati Ensemble
Cincinnati Reds
Color Me Mine
Dale Barrett
David Lane
Donart Prints
Explorium of Lexington
Forest Edge Winery
Four Roses Bourbon Warehouse
Frazier History Museum
Fred Wright
George Lonneman
Gina Pence
Guy & Carol Hollander
Harold & Donna Dennis
Heartland AMBUCS
Jennifer Spurling
John & Darleen Horton
Karen Hayse
Kay Mills
Keeneland Association, Inc.
Ken Spurling
Kentucky Derby Museum
Kentucky Horse Park
Lindy Lamkin
Louisville City FC
Louisville Slugger Field
Louisville Slugger Museum
Maker's Mark
Marina & Audrey Jenkins
Market House Theatre
Marriott Resort Lexington
Nancy Pence
National Corvette Museum
New Riff Distilling
North Hardin Lions Club
North Oldham Lions Club
Pam Elrod
PDG Mac Ferguson & Cynthia Ferguson
Perfect North Slopes
Purple Toad Winery
Sterling Cut Glass
Sue & Willie Collins
Texas Roadhouse
The Louisville Zoo
Tito's Vodka
Tony & Becky Bishop
Total Wine & More
Vanessa Close & Tammy Hall
Wilderness Trail Distillery
Wilstem Wildlife Park

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