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Friday, October 4, 2002

7:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

The Great Lawn at Waterfront Park

Louisville, KY  40202


         LOUISVILLE, KY -- The Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation (KACF) is pleased to announce that Bourbon Ball 2002 will take place on Louisville’s Great Lawn at Waterfront Park, Friday, October 4, 2002.  This is the eighteenth year for the annual event, which benefits the exhibition and educational programs of the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation. “Bourbon Ball 2002 should prove particularly festive and memorable with our venue, creative designers, and Moroccan theme,” states Melanie Beeler, Bourbon Ball Chair.

Lois Mateus, Senior Vice-President of Brown-Forman Corporation and a current honorary board member of the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation, conceived the first Bourbon Ball.  Proving to be a huge success since 1985, the Bourbon Ball has established itself as the highlight of Louisville’s fall social season.

To date, the Bourbon Ball has raised more than $2.7 million to support and educate over 400 Kentucky craft artists, and to provide art education to over 500,000 Kentucky school children.  Beeler says she is committed to raising the money needed to continue that mission.  “It’s so exciting to see such talented artists share their knowledge with the public, particularly the school children. That’s when you know all of this hard work is worth it,” Beeler says.

Beeler and Co-Chair Millicent Meehan have planned an exciting and educational evening beginning at 7:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception.  During the reception attendees will be able to

bid on exquisite silent auction items, interact with various Kentucky artists, sample a wide variety of Kentucky’s finest bourbons, and meet several Master Distillers.  Guests will be served dinner prepared by The Silver Spoon at 8:30 p.m. Dancing to the music of The Jimmy Church Band will follow.

Ewald & Associates will decorate the tent with luxurious Moroccan items. The theme, which is an up-and-coming trend in design, will be showcased throughout the space using rich vibrant colors, incense, patterned fabrics and rugs, exotic greenery, Moroccan music, and elegant dinnerware.  Jenkins Eliason Interiors will provide elaborate centerpieces of grand candelabras and bowls of figs, limes, lemons and pomegranates for the tables.

 Bourbon Ball organizers are pleased to announce that Delta Air Lines will continue their generous support of the Ball this year, by donating as a raffle item, roundtrip business elite airfare for two to anywhere Delta Air Lines and its partners fly.  The winner could travel to their dream destination including one of the following exotic destinations: Bermuda, Cancun, London, Barcelona, Nice, Brussels, South Africa, St. Lucia or Zurich, to name a few.  The raffle winner will also be able to travel in style with a limited edition piece of Hartmann luggage.  Raffle tickets will sell for $25 each.

Tickets to attend the 2002 Bourbon Ball are $350 per person.  Corporate tables of 10 are available for $3,500.  This spectacular event is typically a sellout so early reservations are encouraged.  Those interested in receiving an invitation to the Ball or purchasing $25 raffle tickets, should log onto or call Diana Cecil at (502) 589-0102.


About the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation

The Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981. Its mission is to continue the art and craft heritage of Kentucky through support and education of craft artists and education of the public. The Foundation is supported in part by the Fund for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council, a state agency of the Education, Arts and Humanities Cabinet. The Kentucky Art and Craft Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment. 



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