The 378 charities chosen by Buffalo Trace last year to get bottles, according to the distillery, has thus far raised collectively $1,145,162 for their organizations and associated programs. To be more specific, to date, 332 non-profits have raised this amount – while 56 others have had to reschedule or postpone fundraising efforts due to Covid-19.
A charity bottle from the 6th million Buffalo Trace barrel (image via Buffalo Trace)
What’s particularly impressive in this regard is that the amount raised for sales of this special 10+ year old bourbon, presented in a high quality wooden box, far and away exceeds the distillery’s original goal of raising $500,000. It is expected to grow as non-profits come up with creative ways to safely raise funds in the next few months.
Causes that have benefitted include education services, ecological foundations, leukemia and lymphoma, arts foundations, veterans, animal rights and many more. The top fundraiser, noted Buffalo Trace, was Bourbon Charity, who “raised $69,125 from a donor base of bourbon enthusiasts through their Six Millionth Barrel to Give Thanks event. The fundraiser was set up as online sweepstakes which allowed donations starting at $10.
“Behind them was the Wood River Community YMCA in Ketchum, Idaho. Their annual Y Classic event helped raise $39,000 toward scholarships and programs for the organization. In total, $225,000 was raised for the Wood River Community YMCA.
‘The Lovely Project in Orlando, Florida raised $24,000 with their efforts. The Lovely Project exists to provide girls with tools, education and peer-mentorship to live a purposeful, productive life. The Lovely Project held its second annual Pappy & Friends event, a rare whiskey tasting and dinner experience, that concluded with an ask for donations. The highest donor received the limited edition bottle, which resulted with two individuals matching donations and sharing the bottle.”
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