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Kentucky Bourbon Benefit gives millions for tornado relief

Organizers presented a check to Gov. Andy Beshear for $3.4 million to go towards western Kentucky relief efforts.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Editor's Note: The above video is when WHAS 11 first reported on the auction.

Bourbon enthusiasts came together to donate and raise money for western Kentucky late December.

The Kentucky Bourbon Benefit presented a check to Gov. Andy Beshear for $3.4 million to go towards the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund Jan. 11 according to a recent press release.

Beshear said this is the largest donation amount.

The Kentucky Distillers' Association, Bourbon Crusaders and Fred Minnick hosted the six-day auction. The auction featured online and live options with private selection experiences and tourism options "from Kentucky's signature distilling industry and hospitality and charitable partners."

"The response was tremendous, far beyond our wildest hopes," said R.J. Sargent, founder of the Bourbon Crusaders. "Our members pulled out treasures from their collections and the community responded enthusiastically."

A collection of bottles from Carr's Steakhouse in Mayfield named the "Mayfield Collection" sold for $69,475. These proceeds nearly matched the sale price for the bottles. 

For a complete list of the auctioned lots and their prices visit www.KentuckyBourbonBenefit.com

They are still accepting donations. Businesses can also continue to match funds.

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