I don't often post news about charity whisky raffles, but this is for a good cause...see the link for details... LOUISVILLE INNER-CITY SCHOOL LAUNCHES MASSIVE $2 MILLION ULTIMATE BOURBON RAFFLE TO ASSIST FUNDRAISING EFFORTS These ultra rare bottles raffle for the West End School are not just unicorns, they represent some of the greatest releases of the past 100 years. Brown-Forman, Michter’s, Heaven Hill, Pappy, Maker’s Mark led the way for others to donate BIG! LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 24, 2024) – Through the support of bourbon CEOs and distillers, collectors and aficionados, the West End School, a tuition-free, all-boys school located in Louisville's inner-city, has launched one of the most ambitious bourbon raffles ever seen. Up to $200,000 worth of hard-to-find, vintage and ultra-rare bourbons – 22 lots – are ready to be raffled off at 11am (EDT) April 24. For tickets: https://westendschool.org/ultimate-bourbon-raffle/ In a show of solidarity, bourbon industry executives, enthusiasts, collectors and school supporters have donated important, collectable bottles and experiences to make this one of the most sought-after bourbon raffles. Leaders of West End School, which is soley for boys from low-income households, recognize that its backyard and neighborhood is located in the middle of bourbon country and, after many years of urging from others, school officials decided a raffle was an important way to join forces with the bourbon community. All proceeds from the raffle support the West End School and include the soon-to-be-built West End Girls School, expected to be finished in fall 2025. Live raffle drawing for the 22 lots will take place at 11am (EDT), June 20. Tickets are $100. There will be 22 winners who need not be present to win. Each winner can choose one of the 22 lots until all lots are taken. Up to 20,000 tickets are available. “It's an ambitious undertaking but the school has the support to get this done,” said Paul Perconti, West End School co-founder and Board Chair emeritus. “We hope to raise $2 million with this initiative, which will further support fundraising for the West End School,” he said. HTTPS://WESTENDSCHOOL.ORG/ULTIMATE-BOURBON-RAFFLE/ The curation of this effort is led by Wall Street Journal-bestselling author and renowned bourbon critic Fred Minnick, who has partnered with the school. Minnick, widely considered the world’s leading bourbon authority, knows first-hand that a raffle of this size can make a difference to the school, the students and their families. “I am a Louisvillian and love my community. The West End School is among the very best endeavors happening in our city and am so incredibly thankful the bourbon community has stepped up to raise funds,” he said. The 22 ultra-rare prized lots include: Brown-Forman 150th Anniversary Bottle 2023 Michter’s 25 Year Old Bourbon Maker's Mark Private Select Barrel Heaven Hill Private Tour & Tasting Experience You Do Bourbon experience for four guests; each guest is to receive one of each product (Larceny BP, Elijah Craig BP, and Bernheim BP) Heaven Hill Heritage Collection - Old Fitz BIB Decanter Series VVS 2018 14YO - Heaven Hill Heritage Collection 18YO Bourbon - Parker’s Heritage Collection 5th Edition 10YO Bourbon Finished in Cognac Barrels Autographed by Parker Beam Pappy 5-bottle Vertical Signed by Julian P. Van Winkle III - Old Rip Van Winkle - Van Winkle "Lot B" - Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Old - Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year Old - Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Old 1913 Early Times Bottled In Bond Straight Whiskey - One Quart 2023 King of Kentucky 16 Year Old Four Gate Collection Signed - Four Gate "The Kelvin Collaboration I" - Four Gate "The Kelvin Collaboration II" - Four Gate "The Kelvin Collaboration III" - Four Gate "The Kelvin Collaboration IIII" - Four Gate "The Kelvin Collaboration V" Watch Hill Proper Barrels Pick Lot - NULU Rye - NULU Bourbon - Knob Creek Bourbons (Three Different Barrels) - Jack Daniel's Barrel Proof - Jefferson's Ocean Aged at Sea - Peerless Bourbon - Peerless Rye - Yellowstone - Rebel Cask Strength - Elijah Craig Barrel Strength - Starlight Cigar Batch - Russell's Reserve -Ezra Brooks Cask Strength Michter's 8 Bottle Vertical Signed - 2023 Michter’s 10 Year Old Bourbon - 2019 Michter’s 10 Year Old Rye - 2019 Michter’s Barrel Strength Bourbon - Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye - Michter’s US1 Small Batch Bourbon - Michter’s US1 Sour Mash Whiskey - Michter’s US1 Small Batch Whiskey - Michter’s US1 Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey 15 Stars Nine Bottle Vertical Old Forester Birthday Bourbon & Distillery Series - 2023 Birthday Bourbon - Old Forester 1870 Original Batch Whisky - Old Forester 1897 Bottled In Bond Whisky - Old Forester 1920 Old Fine Whisky - Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Whisky - Old Forester 1924 10 Year Old Whisky W.L. Weller Bourbon Six Bottle Vertical Berghoff 10 Year Old Bourbon bottled in 1984. Distilled at Stitzel-Weller in 1974 2022 William Larue Weller Daniel Weller (Emmer Wheat Recipe) Colonel EH Taylor 4 Bottle Collection Colonel EH Taylor 4 Grain Colonel EH Taylor 18 Year Marriage Colonel EH Taylor Amaranth 2023 Four Roses Small Batch "135" Limited Edition “These bottles are not just unicorns, they represent some of the greatest releases of the past 100 years. The 1913 Early Times bottle tells the story of the time with pre-hybrid grains and water pure and straight from a stream. The Pappy set needs no introduction, and you won’t see bourbon geeks get more eager to rumble than over a King of Kentucky. Perhaps the best part, all of this was donated by members of our community. From Watch Hill Proper to bourbon collector Jonah Goodman, they all represent the best of Louisville, just like the West End School students.” Marc Abrams, a well-known bourbon expert based in Louisville, also serves as an advisor. The West End School provides a safe, structured environment for boys from low-income households. More than 99 percent of the school’s alumni have gone on to graduate high school, with more than 70 percent of graduates going on to attend private schools on full scholarships.

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