Maker’s Mark Commemorative Bottle Fundraiser Is Back

Equestrian Events, organizer of the Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by
Land Rover, is hosting its second annual Maker’s Mark Commemorative Bottle Fundraising Auction and Reception on Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m.  All proceeds from the auction, held at Lexington landmark The Livery, will benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, the official charity of the 2016 Rolex Kentucky.

A limited number of Maker’s Mark commemorative bottles, which feature 2015 event winner Michael Jung on Fischerrocana FST, will be auctioned off. Tickets to this fundraising event are $200 per individual or $300 per couple.  There is a limit of one bottle per ticket. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 859-254-8123.

“This Maker’s Mark fundraiser was a big hit and a lot of fun last year,” said EEI President Stewart Perry. “More importantly, this event allows us to raise funds and also put a spotlight on the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, a great charitable fit for our organization and for the Horse Capital of the World.”

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is a Lexington-based, non-profit organization that accredits, inspects and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retire, retrain and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding. The TAA supports 501(c)(3) charitable organizations across the country that retire, retrain and re-home Thoroughbreds. TAA has awarded more than $3.4 million to accredited organizations in the past two years and currently supports 56 accredited organizations across 180 facilities in the United States. Retired racehorses from TAA-accredited organizations are re-homed every day and are retrained to be successful in Show Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Combined Driving, Endurance and Polo, as well as Western disciplines, affording each of them the opportunity to have a second career.

The Thursday night bottle auction is just one of several fund-raising activities happening during the Rolex Kentucky– the “Best Weekend All Year.” The RK-5K, the Twilight Run at the Rolex Kentucky, is a run/walk on Friday evening (April 29); 5K participants have an opportunity to contribute to TAA. And five-time Grammy Nominee Hunter Hayes will be performing Saturday evening (April 30) at the Alltech Arena on the Kentucky Horse Park grounds after the Cross-Country phase of the Rolex Kentucky. A portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation and TAA. Volunteers from TAA will also be manning the bag-check booth throughout the event as a fund-raiser for their organization.