Bourbon and Bats
Cocktails and Conservation Comes Together
This past Friday the 13th wasn’t spent at Camp Crystal Lake, but instead at the historic Waldeck Mansion in Crestwood, Kentucky. That evening, bourbon enthusiasts and the environmentally conscious came together to raise money for Second Chances Wildlife Center.
Brigette Brouillard, the director of Second Chances Wildlife Center, had been wanting to do a 21 and over fundraiser for the center, after having done many all ages functions. Unbeknowst to many, bats play a crucial role in the early stages of bourbon production. They eat up to a third of their weight in insects a day, insects that would otherwise damage corn fields. By consuming such vast quantities of insects, farmers are able to spend less on pesticide, harvest more corn from their crop, and bring more to the market for bourbon production. Being in the bluegrass she felt it important to make that more known, and the idea for Bourbon & Bats was born.
Bourbon & Bats took form as an evening soiree, complete with cocktails and bourbon tastings. There was also an educational station with three adorable bats, where guests learned about the impacts bats have on corn crops and bourbon production, and other ways they help in their habitat.
The curators of the Waldeck Mansion were gracious enough to offer to host the event, and many other sponsors came forward, including Jim Beam and Kentucky Artisan Distillery. The people behind brands such as Jefferson’s, Kentucky Artisan Distillery is just down the road from the mansion, and they source their grains from the farm on the Waldeck’s grounds. With such strong ties they wanted to play an integral role, and in addition to donating auction baskets, they set up a tasting bar upstairs where they offered pours of the standard Jefferson’s Small Batch, Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrel finish, and Barrel Aged Manahattan.
Both silent and live auctions took place that evening, raising even more funds for the conservation efforts of Second Chances Wildlife Rescue. All said and done, $12,000 was raised to help conserve, educate, and rehabilitate. That will only cover a small part of their annual expenses though, so if you want to help more, either financially or volunteering, visit http://secondchanceswildlife.org/ to see what you can do to make a difference.