The Kentucky Derby is all about dressing to the nines, placing bets and…drinking Woodford Reserve out of $1,000 cups that benefit charity?
Not only is the Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby releasing a special edition bottle on April 2 designed by artist Carole Andreen-Harris in honor of the Derby, but the company is continuing its annual charity event with one minor change. Over the past ten years, The Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program has raised over $410,000 for various charities. For $1,000, buyers receive a commemorative cup to drink their Mint Juleps out of at the Derby, and all proceeds are donated to a good cause. This year is the first time the public is invited to vote on which charity will receive the donation.
Contenders to receive the net proceeds of the cup sales include The Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program, a non-profit organization founded by U.S. Army veteran Bridget Kroger that rescues horses and uses them to facilitate therapy programs for veterans, and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, which provides financial assistance to jockeys who have suffered life-changing injuries on the racetrack.
Want to get involved? Be sure to vote for one of these great charities by midnight on Monday, March 30. The winner will be announced on April 13th at Churchill Downs.