He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994, with the late John Wooden of UCLA fame as his presenter. Denny compiled a 675–295 record over 30 years at UofL.
His latest legacy is the Denny Crum Scholarship Fund, which was established in 2001. More than $750,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to more than 350 students attending UofL — based on academics, community service and financial need.
Many of his fans and friends will be attending an 80th birthday bash for Denny on Wednesday, March 1 at the at the Ramada Plaza Louisville Hotel and Conference Center on Hurstbourne Lane, starting at 6 p.m., with a live auction. The event is also a fundraiser for the scholarship fund, intended to be a permanent offering at UofL.
Makers Mark has created a limited edition special label bottle, numbered from 1 to 80 to mark the occasion. Individual bottles are available at the auction, starting at $1,000 each. The No. 1 and No. 80 bottles are expected to be in major demand. Denny wants No. 30 for his 30 years at the helm.
Tickets are $80 each. For ticket info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org at York Management or call 502-894-9768.