The Lexington Foundation hosted its second annual Fall Wine Celebration Oct. 13. Held at the Red Mile's Floral Hall in Lexington, the black tie event began with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and a live auction. It raised more than $700,000 for cancer research, education, and care. Wine was paired with each lot. One of the most notable auction lots was a 2007 breeding season to Giant's Causeway , donated by Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky. The $300,000 value of the season will be put into a designated fund for the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in the name of Janice Jones, wife of horseman John T. L. Jones, Jr. of Walmac Farm near Versailles. Other live auction items included a trip package to Pebble Beach, the Montage Resort and Spa in Laguna Beach; Napa Valley wine tours to Hartford, Cardinale, Duckhorn, Cakebread, and Oakville Ranch; an African safari; and a stay at the Greenbrier Resort.
Wine for cocktail hour and dinner was provided by Stonestreet Vineyards and Winery, Jordan Winery and Lexington, Kentucky's Jean Farris Winery. Sandra Jordan of Jordan Winery attended the event. Dinner was served by Matt Falcone and Bayou Bluegrass Catering.
"The Lexington Foundation is honored to have had such an overwhelming success for the second consecutive year," said Kristi Martin, executive director of the Lexington Foundation. "Because of the generous support of our patrons, we will be able to fund many cancer causes throughout Kentucky."The Lexington Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to raising funds for the care of Kentucky's cancer patients.