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April 21, 2013

Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage

Michael Veach, the only professional bourbon historian in the country has released his book Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage.

On May 4, 1964, Congress designated bourbon as a distinctive product of the United States, and it remains the only spirit produced in this country to enjoy such protection. Its history stretches back almost to the founding of the nation and includes many colorful characters, both well known and obscure, from the hatchet-wielding prohibitionist Carry Nation to George Garvin Brown, who in 1872 created Old Forester, the first bourbon to be sold only by the bottle. Although obscured by myth, the history of bourbon reflects the history of our nation.

Starting with the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s, Veach traces the history of this unique beverage through the Industrial Revolution, the Civil War, Prohibition, the Great Depression and up to the present. Veach explores aspects of bourbon that have been ignored by others, including the technology behind its production, the effects of the Pure Food and Drug Act and how Prohibition contributed to the Great Depression.

To purchase Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage visit any Louisville area Barnes and Noble and Carmichael's bookstores, The Filson Historical Society and online at Amazon.com.


April 24-24 hours of giving

Kentucky Gives Day is a 24-hour online fundraising event bringing charities and Kentuckians together for a powerful day of action. The goal is to raise as much money as possible, giving every Kentuckian the opportunity to support causes they care about and giving charitable nonprofit's the opportunity to share their story, all through a single online giving site and in just 24 hours! On April 24, 2013, from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm, Kentuckians can go to kygives.org, connect with causes they care about and make tax-deductible donations.

378 charitable organizations from across Kentucky are participating. To give on April 24th, log on to www.kygives.org, search for a favorite cause or organization and donate.


Ferdinand's Ball celebrity Derby Gala

Thursday, May 2

8 pm

The Muhammad Ali Center

144 N. Sixth St.

Benefits Old Friends Equine Retirement Facility

VIP cocktail hour tickets are $500

VIP tickets for the main event are $250

Main event tickets are $100


Guests will enjoy valet parking, a silent auction and dancing to live music provided by the Louisville Crashers. Baby D's Bagel & Deli will provide a variety of appetizers, and Gigi's Cupcakes will provide a selection of desserts. Magnolia Photo Booth Co. will also have a booth on site, offering guests a chance to take home a four-photo strip commemorating the event.

During the main event, a VIP section will feature choice gift bags, a tasting of Bulleit Bourbon's 10-year small batch whiskey, a delectable oyster bar by Tahoma Fly Fishing & Oyster Co., as well as other specialty appetizers and drinks. All guests will be treated to live art created by Donna Bernstein, a Judith Ripka fine jewelry bar and bow ties by Dhani Jones, chairman of the Bow Tie Cause, NFL linebacker and star of the Travel Channel's "Dhani Tackles the Globe."

During the event, jockey Rosie Napravnik will be presented with the 2013 Ferdinand Award, which goes to an individual who shows an unwavering commitment to ethical horse retirement and has made a difference in the cause for Old Friends.  Other celebrities confirmed to attend this year's event are: Brian O'Halloran, actor from the 1990s hit movie, "Clerks;" Bonnie-Jill Laflin, NBA scout and model; Hollie Huggins, NASCAR personality and model; Matt Jones and Drew Franklin, Kentucky Sports Radio personalities; Jack Knowlton, owner of past Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide; and Tom Bulleit, founder of Bulleit Frontier Whiskey.
Ferdinand's Ball was founded by sisters and community volunteers Kim Boyle and Aimee Boyle Wulfeck, in honor of Ferdinand, the 1986 Kentucky Derby Winner and 1987 Horse of the Year. After making millions in the races, Ferdinand was sent to stud in Japan and, following his stud career, ended up in a slaughterhouse, which spurred an international outcry.

WHY Louisville

Jae Grady, Retail Manager of WHY Louisville NuLu discussed their second location and showed several items that can be found at the store for Derby guests and WAVE Country natives.

WHY Louisville Two in NuLu

806 E Market Street

Featuring monthly art gallery

Locally made products, gifts


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