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"Bourbon by the Bridge" raises spirits and money for CASA of the River Region

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB ) -- CASA of the River Region will host its second annual Bourbon by the Bridge at the Waterfront Park, Big Four Bridge on Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will raise awareness and funds to help hundreds of abused and neglected children in Greater Louisville.

CASA program director Carolyn Smither explains how the money raised is used, and Heaven Hill Distilleries' Josh Hafer shows one of the drinks he will be making:

Forbidden Sour
Glass: Rocks
Garnish: Orange Wheel and Cherry
Ingredients
1 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
1 oz. Bourbon
1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz. Simple Syrup
Method: Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish.

Over 300 people attended last year, enjoying tastings from multiple distilleries. This year, the following distilleries will be hosting tastings: Four Roses Bourbon, Heaven Hill Distilleries, Brown-Forman, Grouppo Campari (Wild Turkey & Russell's Reserve), Jefferson's(Castle Brands), Angel's Envy and Boundary Oaks Distillery. Other beverages will also be made available, such as wine from Old 502 Winery. Event goers will be able to engage with distillery staff while enjoying hors d'oeuvres by The Catering Company and jazz music of local band, John  Scharffenberg Band. Desserts will be provided courtesy of Maker's Mark Lounge.

In 2013, there were 22,000 substantiated cases of abuse and neglect in Kentucky, enough to fill the YUM! Center, with 1 in 5 of those cases in the Greater Louisville area.  CASA served 465 children last year, but there were over 400 waiting for someone to stand up for them in family court. CASA is the only program of its kind that is able to enter the closed circuit Family Court system and is integral to improving the lives of abused and neglected children in Louisville.

Bourbon by the Bridge is presented by Chase bank and sponsored by Kosair Charities and Stoll, Keenon & Ogden. For tickets, go to www.bourbonbythebridge.com .

About CASA, Inc.

CASA of the River Region provides direct advocacy services to abused and neglected children in the Greater Louisville area. Advocates fight for a child's basic right to thrive in a safe, permanent home. CASA receives no state funding and is wholly dependent on the support of the community. For more information about CASA, visit www.casariverregion.org or on Facebook  or Twitter.

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