Bourbon & Bowties

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Kosair Children’s Hospital is one of the preeminent children’s hospitals in the nation, and as such, it is of vital significance to the Louisville medical community. We took the time to speak with Anne M. Cannon, special events manager of Bourbon & Bowties, a significant event that benefits the hospital and keeps its longstanding mission to preserve the health and welfare of Louisville children intact.

What is Bourbon & Bowties, and what can guests expect at the event?
The Seventh Annual Bourbon & Bowties, presented by Northwestern Mutual, has become a much-loved event by our community. Over 40 of Louisville’s best known chefs will prepare specialty hors d’oeuvres for guests in the crowd, showing how they work magic with their ingredients. Specialty bourbon drinks from Brown-Forman, Four Roses, Heaven Hill and Maker’s Mark will also be available. There is entertainment from the Fun Size Band and Robbie Bartlett as well as complimentary photos for guests to take home to commemorate the night.

Why is the event important for Kosair Children’s Hospital?
While this event is a fun party, it is also an important evening for us to share the mission of Kosair Children’s Hospital. We are able to do that by honoring a different child and family at the event each year. All of our honorees symbolize the more than 170,000 children from throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana who are cared for each year at the children’s hospital.

From emergency care to neonatal intensive care to cancer and heart care, Kosair Children’s Hospital cares for kids of all ages with a range of illnesses and injuries. Support from the event helps to make sure we have a world-class pediatric hospital in our community and our children have access to full-service specialized care when and where they need it most.

Support from this year’s event will have an even greater impact this year, as part of the proceeds from the event will help us fulfill the $2 million challenge issued by the Jennifer Lawrence Family Foundation to create the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Kosair Children’s Hospital.

How has the event grown over the years?
This event has grown from nine chefs and a crowd of a few hundred to 42 participating chefs this year and a crowd of 1,200 this year. In total, this event has raised over $1 million since inception.

Who is this year’s honoree? Who has been honored in the past?
This year, we are honoring Tanner Demling. Tanner Demling was born 10 weeks premature with a rare congenital heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot, a condition consisting of four abnormalities that together affect how blood flows through the heart. Following surgery as an infant at Kosair Children’s Hospital, Tanner’s heart never showed signs of stress. However, Tanner collapsed during lacrosse practice in the fall of 2014, going into sudden cardiac arrest. Tanner’s coach and a nurse from Kosair Children’s Medical Center-Brownsboro (who happened to be at an adjoining field) performed life-saving CPR on Tanner until EMS arrived. He was hospitalized at Kosair Children’s Hospital for 19 days and had several follow-up procedures, including surgery, to place a defibrillator in his heart. Tanner is now 17 years old and attends Trinity High School, where he is the manager for the basketball team. He still loves and follows lacrosse and works for True Lacrosse Kentucky as social media director.

The event continues to remember our past honorees: Charles W. Gant, a loving and energetic 8-year-old boy who passed away from viral encephalitis on June 3, 2009; Laurel Dortch, a Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor survivor; Maxwell Johnson, who has hemoglobin SC, a mild form of sickle cell anemia; Owen McMasters, who lost his battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in February 2016 after being treated at the Addison Jo Blair Cancer Care Center at Kosair Children’s Hospital; Anna-Maria Beck who was diagnosed with a low grade ganglioglioma of the hypothalamus and optic pathways on February 27, 2007; and Clara and Wilson McGarvey, NICU graduates.

Is this a ticketed event? If so, is it too late to purchase them?
This event is sold out. However, there are still ways to support the event and Kosair Children’s Hospital. You can purchase a $25 restaurant raffle ticket, which could result in winning $100 gift certificates to 26 Bourbon & Bowties restaurants, a $2,600 value. The winner does not need to be present to win, and only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Tickets can be purchased by calling 502.629.5437 or visiting Our restaurant raffle is sponsored by Mountjoy Chilton Medley.

Also, a Bourbon & Bowties bow tie and bangle were designed in honor of Tanner and are available for purchase at the event and at boutiques around town. The ties can be purchased in advance at cale & cole, 9428 Norton Commons Blvd. and The Fashion Post, 2420 Lime Kiln Lane. The ties and bangles can be purchased at Cartwheels Papers & Gifts, 3919 Chenoweth Lane. These ties and bangles are made possible by River Road Asset Management. VT