The Bash in the Bluegrass coming in September is guaranteed to be fun, but it benefits the ongoing, serious work of Bluegrass Hospice.
The annual hospice fundraiser benefits patient care for those who live in Anderson, Franklin, Woodford and Owen counties.
“This is the only fundraiser we ever hold,” Development Officer Chris Harp said.
In 2011, Bluegrass Hospice provided services to 378 patients. In addition, the organization offers support to families, friends and co-workers along with various workshops throughout the year as after care.
“All our services are free to those who require end-of life care or to their loved ones who need our support.”
Harp says Bash in the Bluegrass is at a new venue with a totally new look for those who have attended the organization’s gala in the past 11 years.
“We think folks are really going to enjoy the more casual atmosphere of this year’s event.”
The Bash, Sept. 22 at 5:30 p.m., will be at Gainsborough Farm. The organization is calling it a country couture barn party.
“That translates to wearing shiny belt buckles, bangles, fancy jeans, and shirts and cowboy hats – those clothes you have in your wardrobe that you may never get to wear,” Harp said.
“This event is definitely more relaxed than the previous Hospice galas. For those without the accessories for a country bash, polo shirts and khakis are great for this outdoor event.”
In addition, there will be barbecue, drinks provided by bourbon distillers and live music by Toe Jam for dancing under the stars.
“It’s barbecue, bourbon, blues and horses with lots of exciting surprises at one of Kentucky’s most beautiful horse farms, just a few minutes up U.S. 60,” Harp said.
The owner of Gainsborough Farm, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, will not be attending, but Harp says the Dubai royal offered the venue for the bash.
There will be opportunities to walk through the barns of the stallion complex. Conversational seating as well as silent auction stations will also be featured.
Up for bid this year are more of the fabulous prizes the party has become known for – an African photo safari to Zulu Nyala, University of Kentucky basketball tickets, an opportunity to attend the UK father/son basketball camp with coach Jon Calipari and the Wildcat team, a one-week oceanfront condominium at Myrtle Beach and elegant gift baskets.
Live auctions, dancing and reserved seating will be available under a large tent with a backdrop of breathtaking views.
There will also be commemorative photo sessions for guests.
“After the guests arrive at event check-in, a special photo opportunity awaits them,” Harp said. “Valet parking is also available around the lake as guests enter the farm.”
Also new to this year’s event is a gold rush.
“Gold parties have become especially popular, and we’re going to offer the opportunity to our guests to bring unwanted gold and silver items and have them appraised on the spot and receive cash if they want to sell their items,” Harp said.
“Maybe that silver belt buckle or those gold bangle earrings aren’t being worn and now is the chance in a relaxing venue to sell them.”
Several thousand cards announcing the event were mailed and placed around the area at local businesses to announce the Bash.
“This event is for everyone,” Harp said.
He encourages those who wish to purchase tickets, learn more about the event or become a sponsor to visit www.hospicebg.org/bash. Those who prefer can purchase tickets at the Bluegrass Hospice office at 643 Teton Trail.
General admission tickets range from $75 per person to $125 per couple. Discounts online are offered for the purchase of more than two tickets and will allow reserved seating as long as the seating is available.
Tickets purchased online will be mailed to attendees. Those tickets purchased online on Sept. 22 will be available at will-call.
Other reserved seating opportunities are available through sponsorships that range from $250 to $10,000. All sponsors will receive reserved seating and upper level sponsors will receive other distinctive accommodations. For those attending, travel east on Versailles Road and make a left turn on Steele Road. The stallion barn entrance is the second Gainsborough farm gate on the right. Signage and balloons will alert drivers.