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The Iowa Lions Foundation (ILF) is a non-profit Iowa Corporation. It is an integral part of the Lions Clubs of Iowa and is supported by the voluntary contributions of Lions Clubs, Lions and friends throughout the State of Iowa.


Iowa Lions Foundation 2014 Gala

Come hear and meet Jerry Kramer at 2nd annual Iowa Lions Foundation Gala – Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 in Cedar Rapids

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The Iowa Lions Foundation (ILF) Gala Committee reminds you the ILF Gala is set for Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids IA.The featured speaker is Jerry Kramer, a former professional football player, author and sports commentator. Jerry is best remembered for his eleven year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers.Tickets are for sale for $50 each. Send your reservation request (see attached) to Lion Paul Hain Jr., PO Box 401, Lone Tree IA 52755. Tickets are available by cash, check or credit card. Paul reported sales are picking up so purchase your ticket today.

Be there to possibly win Grand Prize
Come hear and meet Jerry Kramer at 2nd annual Iowa Lions Foundation Gala The evening’s festivities, which have the theme of Las Vegas casual, will include a silent auction starting at 5 PM, meal at 6:30 PM with speakers to follow, live auction at 9 PM with the final drawing for the grand prize at 10 PM. The grand prize is a $500 travel voucher, which is the equivalent to two round trip tickets to Las Vegas, Nevada. Must be present to win.

The meal is a steak meal served with green salad and dessert. Special diet meals are also available upon request with your ticket request. A cash bar is also available for anyone who wishes to purchase an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink at the attendee’s expense.Hotel at Kirkwood Center rooms available

Hotel rooms at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center are available at a discounted rate of $99 plus tax. The rooms are available until Feb. 1, 2014. Please make sure you state the Iowa Lions Foundation Gala to receive your discounted hotel room rates. The phone number for the hotel is 319-848- 8700. The room rate after Feb. 1, 2014 is $129 plus tax.

List of items for auction is growing
Here is a partial list of some of the items donated, including: a 22” flat screen LED TV; a special bottle (375 ml) of Apple Cider Flavored Whiskey called Stone Fence; a Suite for a game at the Cedar Rapids Kernels minor league baseball game (food and drink not included); artwork from Council Chair Diana Benzing; plus many more items. We are still looking for more items.

PDG Dale Shenefelt

Through the Iowa Lions Foundation, the Iowa Lions work with many agencies to fulfill our motto, "We Serve". These agencies include:

Iowa Lions Eye Bank
Iowa KidSight
Iowa Lions Hearing Aid Bank
University of Iowa Cochlear Implant Center
Iowa School for the Deaf
Education for Blind Children
Leader Dog / Puppy Program

Read about the programs and latest news from the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology at

University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology News

The University of Iowa is pleased to receive support by the Iowa Lions. Read about the programs and latest news from the UI Department of Ophthalmology at 

Download the Spring 2012 Newsletter (pdf)


A little history

The Iowa Lions Foundation started out as the Iowa Lions Sight Conservation Foundation at the Lions State Convention in Clear Lake in 1951. The charge given to the new foundation was “to study and make recommendations, especially to giving aid to Leader Dogs for the Blind foundation, aid in establishing of an eye bank in the State of Iowa and aid to the Blind, and sight Conservation in all fields to the end that the resources of the Lions of Iowa can be used to the greatest advantage. The Iowa Lions Eye Bank became a reality in September of 1955. The Foundation was incorporated as a non-profit organization

Over the years programs of purchasing typewriters for blind students, helping to expand the Iowa Commission for the Blind, using Iowa prison detainees to transcribe into Braille, a glaucoma testing vehicle, a Cochlear Implant Center, a Hearing Aid Bank and in 1999 Coming to Your Senses children’s vision screening which today is Iowa KidSight.

Our Foundation has undergone two name changes in its history. The name was changed to the Iowa Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation in 1981 and due to confusion with the Lions Clubs International Foundation when acronyms were used, the current name of the Iowa Lions Foundation was adopted in 1994. During the original discussions it was felt that if the Iowa Lions Foundation was not shortened to an acronym there would be less confusion with LCIF.

The original budget for the Iowa Lions Sight Conservation Foundation was $14,100. The 2011-2012 Iowa Lions Foundation budget is $345.220. Today the Iowa Lions Foundation supports seven entities: Iowa Lions Eye Bank; Iowa KidSight; Iowa Lions Hearing Aid Bank; Iowa Cochlear Implant Center; Iowa Commission for the Blind; Iowa School for the Deaf and the Leader Dog Puppy Program.

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