Junior Achievement Raises $29K at Bourbon Event

Junior Achievement of Eastern Ohio raised more than $29,000 during its Maker’s Mark Private Select Barrel Experience event Sept. 19 at The Lake Club in Ohio.

The experience, hosted by Maker’s Mark Diplomat Lanessa Jones, replicated a distillery visit in Youngstown, Ohio. Participants had the chance to “embrace their inner distiller,” tasting and voting on custom bourbon recipes for the first Maker’s Mark Private Select Barrel specially for The Lake Club, according to a news release.

The selected bourbon will be barreled, aged, bottled and wax-dipped with a custom Lake Club label at the Maker’s Mark distillery in Loretto, Kentucky. An exclusive silent auction allowed attendees to buy a bottle, with proceeds supporting Junior Achievement.

Guests sampled five limited-edition OHLQ Exclusive Maker’s Mark Private Selection “Summer in Ohio” series bourbons, not available locally.

Additionally, attendees enjoyed a specialty charcuterie, desserts from Nothing Bundt Cakes and a choice of specially crafted cocktails, including a “Build Your Own” Old Fashioned bar. The auction offered a VIP trip to the Maker’s Mark distillery in Loretto and a unique opportunity to visit the James B. Beam distillery in Clermont, Kentucky, to select a Knob Creek Single Barrel bourbon barrel.

“We are enormously grateful to Ed and Chris Muransky for their continued support of JA, and for bringing this bourbon trail experience to Youngstown. We also want to recognize our friends at Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, Marker’s Mark, and Beam Suntory, who have been truly remarkable in partnering to make this happen,” says Brian Mellot, Junior Achievement Board Member.  

Event sponsors included The Muransky Companies, Baird Tree Service, The Diamond Steel Construction Company, Dr. Rajiv Tanaji DMD, Associated School Employees Credit Union and Nothing Bundt Cakes.

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