Woodford Reserve donates $26,000 to retirement center - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Woodford Reserve donates $26,000 to retirement center

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Woodford Reserve bourbon has donated $26,000 to the Old Friends Retirement Center.

The donation stems from net proceeds raised during the selling of 89 exclusive $1,000 Mint Julep Cups during Kentucky Derby 140, according to a news release.

This is the second year that Woodford Reserve has donated proceeds from their Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program to Old Friends.

"The support Woodford Reserve has generously bestowed on Old Friends has directly led to the expansion of our Georgetown facility and, more importantly, to the retirement of 26 additional Thoroughbreds including 2010 Breeders' Cup Marathon winner, Eldaafer," said Michael Blowen, Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center president. "The teaming of this great bourbon and these majestic thoroughbreds, both improving with age, has become a magnet for visitors from around the world. On behalf of our amazing athletes we are eternally grateful to Woodford Reserve for their dedication to all of our Old Friends."

This year marked the ninth year of the Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program, with more than $380,000 total raised for equine and humanitarian causes.

The proceeds from this year's $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program will be used towards costs of feed and hay for the horses at Old Friends.

"Woodford Reserve is proud to once again be able to support Old Friends from our Derby efforts," said Jason Kempf, Woodford Reserve brand director. "Through the sale of these cups, we are able to help continue the great care they are receiving at the retirement center."

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