Event recap of the 2018 Abel Construction Clubs & Cocktails, St. Vincent de Paul’s largest fundraiser
“Our supporters continue to amaze me. With $225,000 raised, we set another record for this event, and that speaks volumes about the commitment and passion our supporters have for St. Vincent de Paul Louisville’s mission,” said Angela Champion Sprowl, Director of Development.
St. Vincent de Paul’s largest annual event, the 2018 Abel Construction Clubs & Cocktails presented by The Underwriters Group, Fastline Media Group, and Kosair Charities, took place Sunday, September 16 at Marriott Louisville East with a dinner and auction, followed by a golf scramble on September 17 at Hurstbourne Country Club.
Before the main event, guests bid on jewelry, date-night packages, even a four-foot tall, chainsaw-carved, wooden eagle—all donated by local business and individuals.
The Bourbon Pull, a crowd favorite at the dinner, returned this year, as did chances to win a bottle of 15-year-old Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Vicki Rogers of V Media Group emceed the evening and auctioneer Shaun Logsdon, in full-cowboy attire that included a 10-gallon black hat, led the live auction. This year’s offerings included a suite at Churchill Downs, private bourbon-tasting party, a VIP NFL package, and a highly-coveted bottle of 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
With a warm hug, Renée Bailey welcomed our guest speaker, Lori Cannon, to the stage. As Lori’s case manager, Renée has seen Lori at rock bottom but has also had the privilege of seeing Lori build a new life for herself, step by step.
Once a pharmacist, alcoholism, mental illness, and a gambling addiction left Lori with no home, no source of income, divorced, and alienated from her son.
Through case management and hard work while living at SVDP’s Roberts Hall, Lori now lives on her own and is fully employed. She has also reconnected with her son.
Sadly, Lori’s story is not unique, but through donor support, St. Vincent de Paul can help people like Lori get back on their feet and lead healthy, productive lives.
The rain held off for the afternoon as 31 teams took to the links. First place for the golf scramble went the Fastline Media Group team of Sean Mcguire, Jim Patrick, Dean Barke, and Keith Allen.
Second place went to the Overhead Door team of Rob Meyers, Chad Stewart, Joey White, and Zip Curley.
Last place honors go to the team of Joe Gast, Charles Francesconi, Kathi Johnson, and Doug Johnson.
Thanks to Kosair Charities for providing a matching gift of $5,000 during the dinner’s Mission Round and to our sponsors (listed on page 2), our many hole sponsors, and of course, our donors to the auction!