Bourbon Crusaders - This Year's Event will be Saturday, November 9, 2024

The Bourbon Crusaders, a non-profit charitable organization has announced the date and major partner for their 2024 charity event. The event will take place on Saturday, November 9, 2024, in Louisville, Kentucky. The lead partner for 2024 will be the historic Maker’s Mark Distillery from Loretto, Kentucky.
Organizers say this year’s event promises to deliver an extraordinary evening featuring rare tastings, dinner, a silent and live auction, an opportunity to mix and mingle with master distillers and bourbon celebrities, and more. A separate VIP fantasy camp experience, the unique location, and charity partner will all be announced this summer. Tickets, which typically sell out immediately, will go on sale in September 2024.

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Over the years, the Bourbon Crusaders, founded in 2016, has carved a path by collaborating with top distilleries to auction off extremely rare and one-of-a-kind bourbons and barrel experiences that have become the stuff of bourbon lore. Over the last eight years the Crusaders have raised over $7 million for local charities, making a monumental impact on communities across Kentucky. This year, Maker’s Mark will choose the charity that will benefit from 100% of the event’s proceeds, ensuring that every dollar makes a difference.

Maker’s Mark is the iconic Kentucky Bourbon driven by the vision for better flavor and a better world.
“Partnering with the Bourbon Crusaders for the 2024 Charity Bourbon Crusade is an honor and a thrill for Maker’s Mark,” said Maker’s Mark Eighth Generation Whisky Maker and Managing Director Rob Samuels.

“This partnership is a fantastic opportunity to combine our passion for exceptional bourbon with a deep commitment to supporting organizations that create a positive impact in Kentucky.”

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Over the years, the Bourbon Crusaders have auctioned off historically notable bourbon barrels, setting records along the way, including:

  • The Ultimate Maker’s Mark Private Selection Experience
  • Two Willett 19-Year Bourbon Private Barrel Selections
  • Four Roses Extra Aged Private Barrel Selection and Experience
  • Two First-Ever Old Forester President’s Choice Barrel Selections
  • Four Roses Private Barrel Selection with Brent Elliott
  • Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon Private Selection
  • First-Ever E.H. Taylor 9-Year Private Barrel Selection
  • And many more.

2024 auction items will be announced at a later date.

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“The Crusaders’ mission is to blend a passion for bourbon with a heart of philanthropy, creating a seismic charitable impact,” said RJ Sargent, President of the Bourbon Crusaders.

“With Maker’s Mark as our partner for 2024, we are poised for unparalleled success thanks to the strong purpose-driven ethos of Maker’s Mark and the continued generosity of the bourbon community.”

The Bourbon Crusaders are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization comprising 30 members from across the U.S. who leverage their collective passion for bourbon to support Kentuckians in need. Since 2016, the Bourbon Crusaders have donated nearly $7 million through seven legendary charity events, becoming a symbol of generosity in the bourbon community and beyond.

Watch Highlights of the 2023 Bourbon Crusaders Charity Auction

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