Kentucky Bourbon Benefit Raises Over $3M for Victims of Deadly Tornadoes

by Hannah Heser

The Kentucky bourbon industry has raised over three million dollars for the victims affected by those deadly tornadoes. Kentucky still needs your help and support as they continue the recovery from those terrible storms.

Fox News said what this industry does exactly.

For instance, “The Kentucky Bourbon Benefit is organized as a six-day auction by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, Bourbon Crusaders and author and Bourbon curator, Fred Minnick. It features rare bottles, private barrel selections and much more.”

“The auction had a livestreamed finale on December 21, which raised $1.77 million dollars alone. In fact, 5,158 bidders fought for the benefits 429 lots.”

Fortunately, the entire country particpated in this auction. Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam chipped in as well. As you can see, this organization intends to give all proceeds to the Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund.

There are quite a few highlights from the auction.

The Kentucky Bourbon Industry Highlights From the Auction

Furthermore, Fox News shared the highlights of the auction with how well it went.

First, they said a 19-year-old barrel of Willet sold for $401,000 dollars. This is in fact, the highest-paid barrel of bourbon.

Another offering was “an exclusive tour and tasting experience at Castle and Key in Woodford County combined with a private suite at Keeneland for the distillery’s annual Bourbon Stakes in 2022. And they said it sold for $44,000 dollars.”

Overall, the auction tremendously helped the state of Kentucky. With making over $235 million in annual tax revenue from liquor sales, who knows what else they can do. Fox News recorded a statement from the trade organization.

This organization said, “Kentucky bourbon is an $8.6 billion industry.” And they will do anything to help out their community.

If you or anyone you know wants to donate to this relief, they are still accepting donations. Go to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund. Any amount will help.

How You Can Help

Several communities across the country are reaching out to help Kentucky recover. They have created GoFundMe pages, Toy Drives so that children can still receive gifts around the holidays and numerous other donations. Can you imagine all of the trauma families are still experiencing in Kentucky?

Mayfield, in particular, still needs your help recovering from this disaster. So what are you waiting for? Donate today.