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Now Accepting donations for the ​2024 Telethon of Stars.

Airs on WPSD-TV on Dec. 7, 2024

Donations are tax deductable

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2023 Distribution

During the event on Tuesday, Telethon of Stars Chairperson Carolyn Watson distributed checks to three organizations — Easterseals West Kentucky, ​Coleman Tri-County Services in southern Illinois, and the University of Tennessee Martin's Infant Stimulation Program.

Easterseals received $71,186.56. Coleman Tri-County Services received $6,111.11, and UT Martin received $2,165.47. (Carly Dick,

TOTALS: The Telethon of Stars has now raised approximately $30 Million Dollars over the past 67 years. We believe it to be among the top telethons in ​per-capita donations and ranks among the most successful fund-raising projects within Lions Clubs International.”

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Lions Club/WPSD Local 6 Telethon of Stars

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PO Box 966

Paducah, KY 42002 -0966

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The local Lions are best known for the traditional annual Telethon of Stars - but there is a lot more to Lions than that.

Paducah Lions Club has spearheaded the Telethon for 67 years and just celebrated its 103rd Birthday in 2023! That's a lot of years of serving the community and surrounding areas, with millions of dollars donated by people just like you, to help improve their lives.

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Calling on all businesses in the four state open letter for donations ​for the silent auction is here on the right.

Paducah Lions Club has spearheaded the Telethon for 67 years and just celebrated its 103rd ​Birthday in 2023! That's a lot of years of serving the community and surrounding areas, with ​millions of dollars donated by people just like you, to help improve their lives.

EYEGLASSES - the Lions first and most famous endeavor - are still collected and sent ​eyeglasses to countries around the world to help patients with no access to vision care. ​Paducah has collection sites at several large businesses and Walker Hall. Or just give your old ​eyeglasses to a Lion member - we'll get them to the correct place. Want a collection box - let ​us know. Lions will be selling reading glasses at BBQ on the River and other events in Paducah - ​stop by to say "hi".

In December 2021, western Kentucky experienced devastating tornados. Before the sun could ​rise the International Lions President was calling local members to ask how they could help. The ​result was three semi trucks loaded with supplies and Lions from multiple states arriving to help ​unload the trucks - during the Christmas season - to making a meaningful contribution to our ​local victims. Our motto WE SERVE was never better represented. Similar actions occurred with ​eastern KY flooding. Local Lions are always reaching out with the International Lions support.

Many smaller situations are addressed throughout the year. Paducah Lions is often not on the ​front page of the news, but we are there, in the background, serving our fellow citizens. We also ​give to international causes to help our world improve. Our service is international. Ukraine is ​one such cause.

Want to join a local club? We can help you do that. Paducah Lions meet the first and third ​Tuesdays of each month @ noon, at Walker Hall. Other clubs meet at different times. Just email ​us and we'll help you find a way to SERVE through a local Lions Club.

Telethon Details

Silent Auction

Now Accepting Donations


Feature Stage - Donations

Hosted by Todd and Jennifer

Easter Seals West Kentucky

1908 N 14th Street

Paducah, KY 42001

(270) 444-9687



December 7, 2024

Times and Mailing Address

Donors report at 6:00 pm

Live broadcast from

6:30pm to 10pm

Donations can be mailed to:

Lions Club/WPSD Local 6 Telethon of Stars

C/O Independence Bank

PO Box 966

Paducah, KY 42002 -0966

Performances from 2023 Talent

Be sure to click the talent links to support their generous donation to the ​Telethon.

Eric Horner

Music has always been a major part of Eric Horner's life. Born and raised in Paducah KY, he grew up with a guitar in his hands playing and singing Gospel music all over Western KY, Southern IL and Southeast MO. Eric’s first big musical influence was a young man by the name of Steven Curtis Chapman. The two met when Steven became Eric’s first guitar teacher in the 6th grade. Learning the “Chapman Method” of guitar playing prepared Eric well for what would be a career in Nashville, TN. Eric into full time music ministry in 2002.

Jazz Patrol

TThe Jazz Patrol is a local 18 member jazz band located in Paducah, Kentucky. We have over 250 songs available including big band, dance, swing and more. Let us play for your next dance, banquet or festival.

West Kentucky Hallelujah Chorus

The chorus is made up of adult clients being served by Easter Seals West Kentucky.

Under the direction of Justice Shea Nickell, you will enjoy their music presentation. Accompanied by Owen Cody.


The Underdogs with Dr Ben

Formed in 2012 in west Kentucky, expect to hear classic rock to some blues and a little bit country.

You can catch the group playing around the area.

Richard Abraham

Richard was a high school football All-American while at Paducah Tilghman, Attended UK on a football scholarship and served 14 years as a Paducah City Commissioner and now serves on the McCracken County Commission.

Singer is another title he has.

Rebecca and Jamey Bagwell

Rebecca is a multi-award winning vocalist, entertainer and a New Hampshire Country Music Hall of Fame inductee in her home state.

The couple have recently opened a new music venue in Murray, Ky

Reggie LaFaye

After several previous appearances in the Telethon of Stars, Reggie returns for another performance. Come enjoy the homecoming of all the acts being presented this year!


The Cruisers

The Cruisers band was formed in 1987 by original members Dr. John Craft (guitars / vocals) and Keith Culp (bass / vocals), joined by Dr. Jim Long (woodwinds), Mindy Anderson (vocals / keys), Rusty Clutts ("The Drummer"), and Dr. Brian Farrell (horns). Owen Cody is a frequently featured guest keyboardist. The band has performed at many venues throughout West Kentucky and the surrounding region for over 35 years, playing a diverse mix of Rock, Blues, Pop, Jazz, and Funk from the 1950's - 2000's. We are honored to perform for the Lion's Club Telethon of Stars! For booking or more contact info please message us on our Facebook page.

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John Tate

For the past eight years, John’s professional skills and marketing experience have benefited countless clients at Paducah’s Zebra Graphics, Inc. In addition, he continues to utilize his talents as a freelance graphic designer for McCracken County High School and his collegiate alma mater.

A native of Elderado, Illinois, John now resides with his wife, Kim Helfer Tate, in Paducah’s Lone Oak community.


Owen Cody

Owen Cody, a senior at McCracken County High School, is a Louis Armstrong award winner, 3-time All-State Jazz Pianist, a 4-time recipient of the prestigious SIAGO Scholarship and keyboardist to the (NAfME) All-National Modern Band Ensemble. Both a solo and ensemble performer, he is proud to be a member of The Jazz Patrol, The Cruisers and The Doorz.

PSO Children and Youth Choruses

The Paducah Symphony Youth & Children's Chorus is the only children's chorus in the region to perform with a professional orchestra. The group consists of two ensembles; the PSO Children's Chorus (grades 3-8) and the PSO Youth Chorus (grades 9-12) and are chosen by audition to perform under the direction of Dr. Bradley Almquist and Mrs. Samantha Veal. The PSO Choruses introduce children to the highest standards of western art music, music from other cultures, American musical traditions, and musical theatre. These programs provide children with a positive and creative means of expressing themselves through choral/vocal music, and develop self-esteem through teamwork and collective achievement.

McCracken High School Chorus

The McCracken Co. High School Choral Department is proud to feature two of six choral ensembles, Varisty Singers and Advance Treble Choir, for the Telethon of Stars. Director is Ms. Savannah Fallis and the choirs are accompanied by Devonda Treece. Each ensemble is known for their distinguished ratings at KMEA Choral Assesment, high level of sight-reading and positive work ethic.


Kathy Wallace

Kathy credits the development of her musical talent to her parents Billy and Linda Owen who ministered at Sturgis Church of God of Prophecy. She is married to Baptist minister Bobby Wallace. She may be booked by writing

Ai​rs Dec 2 on WPSD-TV



RedVelvet TheGoddess (Tena Watson) is an eclectic singer, songwriter, recording and performing artist born and raised in Paducah, KY

From R&B, Neo Soul, Jazz and Blues, she covers it all, event some Hip-Hop.

Nigel Blue

Inspired by the legends of the rhythm and blues genre, the dynamic duo known as Nigel Blue features the collaboration of Rex Ellsworth and Bradley Kale. Ellsworth, a recent transplant to Paducah from Elkhart, IN, is a multi-dimensional musician with a range of talents and study in the musical and fine arts. With a passion and experiences in his many projects over the years as a singer featuring skills on keyboards, horns, banjo, bass and drums, Ellsworth is the front man in Nigel Blue. He is accompanied by Bradley Kale. Bending and trilling, and just short of thrilling, describes Kale’s harmonica playing. Kale has busked worldwide from The Music City, Tel Aviv, Budapest and now the Atomic Quilt City. He is also a published poet and is currently working on his next book.


Justice Shea Nickell

Paducah native, Shea Nickell, is a former Christian recording artist who remainsa popular regional soloist, song leader, and speaker at various civic, religious and sporting events. When not singing, he serves as a Justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court and is the proud husband of this year’s Telethon chair, Dr. Carolyn


Danette Mahabeer-Turner

Born and raised in rural Jamaica, Danette Mahabeer-Turner grew up in a single-parent family with 4 other siblings. She migrated to the United States in her early 20's. Danette is married to Matthew Turner, owner of Loopy Larry's. They share three children together.Danette is an Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Women's Advocate, Domestic Violence Survivor, Philanthropist, Certified Life Coach, Published Author of the book "LEAVE ALIVE", and the founder of the Mother Daughter Relationship (M.D.R.) Foundation which aims to nurture and promote healthy generational mother-daughter relationships and bonds, just like the ones she has created with her own mother and daughter. Danette is the CEO of Little London Photography and who's name was inspired by her daughter Soheila, who's middle name is London.

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The Overtime Band

Based in beautiful Western Kentucky, the Overtime Band features a wide variety of music spanning several genres including Classic Rock, Country and Blues. Our goal is to appeal to all listeners no matter their particular musical preferences. Band members include Randy Bradford, Terry Brumback, Rita Pierce, Jay Byassee and Chris Hopkins, each being seasoned musicians with several years of experience pleasing audiences across the state and Southern Illinois.

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Donovan “Teddy Bear” Woods

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