Basketball Hall of Famer Dan Issel, who played for the Kentucky Wildcats from 1967 to 1970, will be honored on this year's edition of the signature charitable bottle released by Keeneland and Maker's Mark.
Proceeds from the sales are expected to be about $175,000, and Maker's Mark says it will donate that to Gill Heart Institute at University of Kentucky's UK Healthcare. The money will be used to build a dedicated cardiovascular medicine patient floor in UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital's new Pavilion A.
An All-American his senior year, Issel played for the University of Kentucky from 1967 to 1970 and remains the storied program's all-time leading scorer in men's basketball. He went on to become one of professional basketball's greatest scorers, playing most of his career for the Denver Nuggets where he would later coach. Issel was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993. Issel also has owned Thoroughbred race horses.
Maker's Mark is making 20,000 numbered, limited-edition bottles that will be available in Kentucky on Friday, April 5th, 2013 which is opening day of Keeneland's spring meet. The bottle costs about $52, and Issel will be available starting at 6:30 am. on April 12 at Keeneland to sign the bottle.
No bottles will be available at Keeneland.
For more information, visit http://www.keeneland.com