Nominations Open for the 2024 East Kentucky Leadership Foundation Awards

February 01, 2024

Corbin, KY (February 1, 2024) – The East Kentucky Leadership Foundation (EKLF) is now seeking nominations for its annual awards program, which honors outstanding leaders throughout the region who go above and beyond to make a difference in their communities. The awards ceremony will be held Thursday, April 25 at The Pennington, in Corbin, Kentucky at 6:00 p.m.

Nominations are open for the following categories:

• Cultural/Arts: Recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of culture and arts in the region.

• Media & Technology: Recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of news publication, broadcasting, technological innovation, and/or digital communication.

• Public Individual: Recognizes an individual whose public service is dedicated to the betterment of the region.

• Private Individual: Recognizes an individual whose private service is dedicated to the betterment of the region.

• Organization: Recognizes groups that have organized to provide a needed service to the region.

• Youth Leadership: Recognizes a young person in Eastern Kentucky who has demonstrated excellence in leadership and service to the region.

• The Carolyn Sunday Award: Recognizes an East Kentuckian who has made an extraordinary contribution to understanding, inclusion, and social justice in the region.

• Tony Turner Award: Recognizes an individual, group, or organization that has demonstrated major contributions to the betterment of the region.

To nominate someone for an EKLF award, please email with the nomination and include a brief description of the nominee’s accomplishments and why they deserve to be recognized by February 20, 2024.

The EKLF awards program is a significant opportunity to celebrate the many outstanding leaders who are making a difference in Eastern Kentucky. We encourage everyone to nominate someone who they believe deserves to be recognized.

This year’s conference theme is Comeback Communities: Housing and Redevelopment Strategies and will be held at The Pennington on Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 25. The two-day event will bring together community leaders and stakeholders to discuss innovative approaches for revitalizing Eastern Kentucky’s housing landscape and fostering vibrant, sustainable communities. To register for the 2024 East Kentucky Leadership Conference hosted by The City of Corbin and Corbin Tourism, visit:

To learn more about the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation please visit