Bourbon Auction to Raise Funds for Shooting Victim’s Family


May 9, 2023

Bourbon Pursuit Logo fundraiser

In conjunction with friends, members of the bourbon industry and Bourbon Pursuit, a fundraising auction of rare bourbon bottles has been organized as a way to support the family of Joshua Barrick, who was killed in the Old National Bank mass shooting in Louisville, Ky., on April 10. Joshua’s wife, Jessica, and their children, James, 7, and Carolina, 9. All of the proceeds will go to a trust that has been set up for the family.

The fundraiser includes over 130 rare bottles including King of Kentucky 18 Year, Willett Family Estate 17 Year, Old Fitzgerald 15 Year, Russell’s Reserve 13 Year and multiple Old Forester Birthday Bourbons. In addition, exclusive experiences have been added such as a complete Bulleit barrel pick, a seat at Meat Church BBQ School, and a Mint Julep Bourbon Trail Tour for 10.

The proceeds from the fundraiser will go directly to a trust, providing the family a future means of financial support. The bourbon community has already shown an outpouring of love and support, and this fundraiser is just one more way to help the Barrick family, according to a new release from whiskey podcast Bourbon Pursuit.

“We are deeply grateful for the support and generosity of the bourbon community during this trying time,” said Ryan Cecil, Bourbon Pursuit host and fundraiser organizer. “Joshua is a part of our community, and we want to do everything we can to support him and his children.”

Raffle chances are $5 each with a minimum purchase of 10. More than 130 bottles as well as bourbon experiences have been donated by individuals, local businesses and various distilleries.

The fundraiser is open for donations until 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, May 12, 2023. A livestream will be held on Monday, May 15, at 8 p.m. ET where winners will be drawn for individual prizes and lots. To participate, visit