Wed. Jul 24th, 2024

Back by popular demand, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana (RMHCK) is raffling five Pappy bottles packaged as a flight. The raffle, which always sells out, kicks off on March 13.

Each ticket will be sold for $100 each and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit families who stay at the House when they travel to Louisville for medical care for their children. All programs and services are free of charge to families.

This year, the organization has sweetened the raffle pot. Julian Van Winkle III signed each bottle, adding value and bragging rights to this year’s collection. Van Winkle is a long-time supporter of RMHCK and serves as president of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery.

The flight includes one bottle each of Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year (2021); Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year (2021); Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year (2021); Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year (2021); Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year (2021). Marc Abrams, a well-known bourbon expert based in Louisville, has personally authenticated each bottle and appraised the flight for over $20,000.

“We’ve chosen to sell 1,984 tickets to commemorate the year 1984 when Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana first opened its doors to families,” said Hal Hedley, the organization’s CEO.

Through the years, this raffle has enormously impacted the organization. RMHCK’s Pappy raffle efforts have directly raised more than $1 million for the organization since 2019, providing 9,476 nights of comfort for families who travel to Louisville for medical treatment for their children.

“These five coveted bottles offered as a group directly support sick children and their families. It’s a win-win for everyone,” said Hedley.

The flight will be raffled off at 11 am EDT, Wed, May 3. The winner does not have to be present. To purchase tickets:

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