Bourbon for a Cause


CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the River Region held its fourth annual Bourbon by the Bridge fundraiser last weekend under a huge tent filled with several hundred supporters and bourbon-fans. All of our famous bourbon distilleries came together to support abused and neglected children with this event.

This year, Angel’s Envy, Barton 1792, Boundary Oak Distillery, Buffalo Trace, Copper & Kings, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jefferson’s, Michter’s, Rivulet, Town Branch, Wild Turkey, Willett, Rabbit Hole, Kentucky Moonshine and Woodford Reserve were represented and greatly appreciated! (Rivulet Pecan Liqueur would add some “oomph!” to pecan pie!)

People had a grand time sampling and enjoying new brands and old favorites. They chatted with the distillery staff while enjoying food by Ladyfingers and the music of the John Scharfenberger jazz band. It is such a laid-back and relaxed event, and everyone seems to know at least half of the crowd, which always makes for much fun.

Most importantly, the event allows the business community, especially the distilleries, to actively show their support to CASA and the vulnerable children it serves. CASA trains community volunteers to become the voice for abused and neglected children in the closed circuit Family Court system and improve the lives of abused and neglected children.

Last year, there were over 22,000 substantiated cases of abuse and neglect in Kentucky. CASA served 553 children, but there were over 400 waiting for someone to fight for their best interests. CASA is the only program of its kind able to enter the closed circuit Family Court system and is integral to improving the lives of abused and neglected children. It receives no state support.

Bourbon by the Bridge was generously sponsored by Stoll Keenon Ogden and by Kosair Charities.

Want to be an advocate for abused and neglected children? Visit to learn more about how to get involved.


The Bellarmine Women’s Council Designers’ 42nd Show House this year will at 2320 Village Drive, home of the late Barbara Cox, September 10-25. The three-story English Tudor was built in 1925 and designed by Stratton Hammond. Newly renovated, it has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, a finished walkout lower level with an entertainment area and bar, a deck and two-car garage. VT