March 20, 2022

The Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation hosted our 11th Annual Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 20, 2022 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 2022 event will mark the 11th consecutive year for hosting the Awards Ceremony. 

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

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




District 43-K

District 43-Y


Club Gifts:
Vette City Lions Club - $200
Smiths Grove Lions Club - $150
Bowling Green Noon Lions Club - $100
Smiths Grove Lions Club - $150
Knottsville Lions Club - $200
Leitchfield Lions Club - $200
Hopkinsville Lions Club - $100


Club Gifts:
Florence Lions Club - $50
Cynthiana Lions Club - $500
Wilmore Lions Club - $250
Middletown Lions Club - $250
Fairdale Lions Club - $300
Lexington Lions Club - $550

Estill County Lions Club - $100
Falmouth Lions Club - $100

Flemingsburg Lions Club - $100
Maysville Lions Club - $100
Wilmore Lions Club - $250


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 (VIP 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:

Lion Mark Kelly - $10 Donation

Lion Pam Elrod - $200 Donation

Lion Joern Soltau - $100 Donation

Lion Charlotte Miller - $100 Donation

First National Bank - $100 Donation

Lion Mary Dixon-Law - $100 Donation

Lexington Lions Club - Purchased 2 Tables

Florence Lions Club - Purchased 2 Tables & 2 Additional Tickets

Cynthiana Lions Club - Purchased 2 Tickets

Lion Mark Webster - Purchased 1 Virtual Ticket

Lion Pam Elrod - Purchased 1 Virtual Ticket

Fredonia Lions Club - Purchased 1 VIP Ticket