Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 17, 2013

Bourbon, bluegrass & BBQ

OLBH Foundation hosts a celebration of all things Kentucky

Tim Preston
The Independent

BELLEFONTE — With good barbecue, bourbon and bluegrass music, even Saturday’s UK basketball action didn’t seem that bad as Our Lady of Bellefonte Foundation supporters joined for a taste of good things from Kentucky.

A barrel of Knob Creek Select bourbon that held a special batch of bottles especially for the foundation was often at the center of attention as the festivities got underway at Bellefonte Pavillion. OLBH Foundation Vice President Chuck Charles credited Dr. Phillip Lackey with the idea for the afternoon’s theme of “Bourbon, Barbecue and Basketball, explaining “We were just trying to find something different to do,” Charles said.

“We have food from Kentucky, Kentucky bourbon and Kentucky basketball. We’ve even got bourbon pie,” Charles said noting 100 bottles worth of the premium Knob Creek bourbon was aged in the nearby barrel for nine years. He said Saturday’s event had even proved irresistible for former OLBH CEO Mark Gordon, who drove in from Richmond, Va. to join in the bluegrass celebration.

“You may notice everything is decorated in blue and white, but we do have one orange table in the back,” he added with a chuckle, explaining the Tennessee colors were added to help hand-surgeon Dr. James Lanter feel at home.

As The Joe Freeman Band provided the afternoon’s bluegrass sounds, Dr. Phillip Lackey and wife Molly agreed the collection of Kentucky favorites seemed to be an excellent rallying point for the foundation. Lackey said the idea of dividing up a barrel of fine bourbon seemed like an excellent fundraiser for the OLBH Foundation supporters, explaining many notable political organizations have had great success with similar campaigns.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.