Last year, Buffalo Trace donated 200 vintage-dated rare whiskey to U.S. non-profits.
According to a press release, these O.F.C. bottles raised more than $1 million for these charities. Results were completed and tallied last month.
Exactly $1,196,687 went to cancer services, cystic fibrosis, leukemia and lymphoma, children’s rights, autism, military veterans, animal protection, arts foundations, and many more charitable organizations. The top fund raiser, Hollings Cancer Center in Charleston, S.C., earned $27,000 for their 1980 bottle of O.F.C. Bourbon at its annual Gourmet and Grapes benefit, the company said. “The inspiring work being accomplished by the physicians and scientists at Hollings Cancer Center would simply not be possible without the support from this event,” said Abby Parks, director of special events for the Hollings Cancer Center, in a press release.
In second was Meals on Wheels People in Portland, Oregon, raising $24,000 through promoting its event on social media and partnering with leaders in the food industry, mainly restaurants, who then in turn promoted it to their client base. The non-profit also reached out to traditional media outlets and bourbon enthusiast bloggers, which led to several write ups about the event and an appearance on one news channel at a local bourbon hangout. “All the money raised from our event will be used to feed senior citizens. The $24,000 raised will provide approximately 3,250 meals,” said Tony Staser, chief development officer, in a press release.
In addition, the Longview World of Wonders in Longview, Texas raised $17,500 with its O.F.C. Bourbon at its annual Bourbon and Bowties event.
“We’re so happy these worthy causes will benefit from the release of this O.F.C. bourbon,” said Kris Comstock, bourbon marketing director, in a press release. “On average, $6,100 was raised by these charities. We’re thrilled these non-profits used this opportunity to come up with creative ways to raise funds for their much needed causes.”
In September, Buffalo Trace announced it was releasing a new bourbon called O.F.C. Bourbon Whiskey, but the first release was only for charities. That first release was comprised of 100 bottles from the year 1980, 50 bottles from 1982, and 50 bottles from 1983. Non-profit organizations were invited to apply for a bottle online, and after vetting by a third party organization, 200 charities were chosen and bottles were shipped out before the end of year. Each charity selected received a bottle from one of the three vintages.