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Wine Auction in Kentucky for a Good Cause

Posted by DamienE, Mar 21, 2011.


The Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction is a wonderful opportunity for wine lovers to gather to enjoy great wine for a good cause. This event, hosted by the Lexington Cancer Foundation, will donate 100% of the auction proceeds to cancer research, education and patient care. The Vintner Chair for this year will be Michael Polenske, Proprietor of Blackbird Vineyards and Curator/Proprietor of Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley. Please find below the official announcement:

May 5, 2011 (Thu) from 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Donamire Farm, 4151 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40510

The Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction & Derby Gala is a unique event held during one of the most exciting weeks of the year in Kentucky – Derby Week! The auction is held at the beautiful Donamire Farm. In five short years, this event has raised over 3.5 million dollars in support of the Foundation’s mission in the fight against cancer. Guest from all over the country come to Kentucky to participate in this special event. The evening begins with an exclusive vintner pouring and silent auction. Dinner and the live auction follow, including items such as a 2009 Lexus, ownership of a thoroughbred racehorse, trips to Italy, England, New York Fashion Week, Jackson Hole, and many more! Each year a growing number of vintners come to the Bluegrass to pour their wines. Participating vintners have included Jackson Family Wines, Oakville Ranch Vineyards, Blackbird Vineyards, Jordan Vineyards, Chalk Hill, Revana Family Vineyards, Barbour Vineyards, Palmaz Vineyards, Grgich Hills Estate, Duckhorn Vineyards, Spottswoode Estate Winery and Vineyards, Charles Krug Winery, Quintessa, Magnanimus Wine Group, Jean Farris Winery and many more.

The Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction & Derby Gala is an experience unlike any other! The 2011 event will be held on Thursday, May 5, at Donamire Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.

Call 888.388.2620 for ticket and sponsorship information.
For more information please visit The Lexington Cancer Foundation website.



Reply by Stephen Harvey, Mar 23, 2011.


I served 6 years on the Australian Racing Board which is the Australian Peak Thoroughbred Racing Body as well as the same time as Chair of the South Australian subset.

Racing is my third passion after family and wine and I have raced and bred thoroughbreds

The Kentucky Derby is without a doubt one of the two iconic US Thoroughbred events the other being the Breeders Cup.

I have only been to one US meeting, at Santa Anita [I actually backed a winner with my first foray on the US tote, in a mares race and had USD10 on a USD8 winner. I made USD 120 on the day [then the exchange rate was 1AUD = 0.55USD - how times have changed since early 2003]

I hope the event is successful and maybe I can arrange my next US trip to co-incide as attending the Kentucky Derby is on my to do list


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