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Kentucky bourbon industry's online auction tops $1 million for eastern Kentucky

Local distilleries are also helping in other ways, including sending tanker trucks and totes of fresh water to communities impacted.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky’s bourbon industry is teaming up to help communities impacted by recent flooding.

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the Bourbon Crusaders and curator Fred Minnick have organized "The Kentucky Bourbon Benefit", an auction featuring bourbon experiences, distillery dinners and rare bottles of bourbon.

So far, the auction has raised over $1 million for eastern Kentucky. 

The auction runs until 11 p.m. on Aug. 21.

A similar auction in December raised $3.4 million to help with tornado recovery.

“It was really special and heartwarming and to see everybody again just say 'hey, it's our duty as the signature industry to step up and help' you know, it just shows what the power of bourbon can do in Kentucky and what it's all about right, it's about helping our fellow Kentuckians,” Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, said.

Local distilleries are also helping in other ways, including sending tanker trucks and totes of fresh water to communities impacted.

All proceeds from the auction will go toward Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund. 

For more information and to view the items in the auction, click here.

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