Just WHY did the Abbeville Area Medical Center Benefit Bash committee bury a bottle of bourbon? While the origin of this very Southern tradition is a bit foggy, legend has it that if you bury a full, unopened bottle of Kentucky Bourbon upside down exactly one month before your wedding date, it won’t rain on your special day.
“I had never heard of this tradition until my assistant, Laura Koone, mentioned it during a committee meeting,” stated Meg Davis, AAMC Foundation Director. “We know the Benefit Bash isn’t a wedding, but the committee thought it sure couldn’t hurt to give this this age-old tradition a try to guarantee good weather for our biggest fundraiser of year.”
Thanks to the generosity of Ferguson’s ABC in Abbeville, a bottle of Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon was secured, and committee members laid the “juice” to rest upside down on February 24th at HayGood Manor, the location of the event.
“We are very excited to host the Benefit Bash silent and live auctions in person for the first time in three years,” stated Davis. “We’re trying a new “hybrid” format that we feel will make the event an even bigger success.”
“Hybrid” means the community can support the event and enjoy the auction fun in two ways – attending and bidding online at the in-person ticketed “Sip and Support” event or bidding online from the comfort of their own couch or wherever they may be, no ticket necessary.
The “Sip and Support” event will be held March 24th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at HayGood Manor, a private residence located on North Main Street in Abbeville. Guests will bid online using their smartphone or tablet while enjoying live entertainment by Abbeville’s own Nicole Quinn and heavy hors d’oeuvres by Sips on the Square. Only 150 tickets will be sold at a cost of $75.00 per person and must be purchased in advance online at AAMCFBenefitBash.com.
The online silent auction opens March 17th and closes March 24th at 8:00pm. The Sip and Support in-person event will be the “auction finale” and include a streamed live auction beginning at 7:00pm with bidding available to those in attendance and those joining online. To place bids on the silent auction and tune in to watch the live auction online, visit AAMCFBenefitBash.com.
The 2022 Benefit Bash raised almost $34,000.00 for the Foundation. Proceeds from the 2023 event will be used to support critical hospital programs, the growth of the Foundation’s Endowment and the purchase of much needed equipment for various departments as well as provide healthcare career scholarships.
There is something for everyone including dining packages, jewelry, home and garden items, original artwork, lodging packages, goodies for your furry friends and more.
“The generosity of our community has been truly amazing,” stated Bill Boone, AAMC Foundation Chair. “It is heartwarming to see this outpouring of support for our hospital by so many local businesses and individuals.”
One of the event’s more unique silent auction packages is “A Day with the Rockhound” compliments of Abbeville’s own Rockhound, Amos Cunningham, who is renowned for his amazing finds. The winning bidder and a friend will receive a personal tour of his shop in the Level Land community of Due West to learn about gems that can be found right here in Abbeville County and spend the day searching for gems at the Diamond Hill Mine.
The fun-filled live auction stream will feature some amazing live auction items. Just like a real auction, each item will only be available for bid for a limited time – anyone can tune in on their mobile device, tablet, smart TV or desktop computer at AAMCFBenefitBash.com.
Live auction items include two Dallas Cowboy’s home game tickets with access to the Stadium Club and a parking pass, a one-day fishing trip with Pro Angler Casey Ashley, a week stay at Wild Dunes compliments of Brad and Abby Evans, a propane fire pit table from Stoll Industries, a console table and lamp given by Badcock Home Furniture of Abbeville, a photography package by jon holloway and a show package that includes season tickets to the Abbeville Opera House. More items are on the way, so check the site daily!
You also won’t want to miss purchasing your chance to win one of TWO amazing raffle items – a 3/4 ct. Princess Cut natural diamond with a $250.00 gift certificate to be used toward its mounting donated by the Jeweler’s Bench in Abbeville valued at $3,250.00 or a Longhorn personal safe donated by Hunters Headquarters in Greenwood valued at $630.00!! Visit AAMCFBenefitBash.com to purchase tickets.
“We are hopeful that the auction will be the most successful yet – on-line auctions are tons of fun – and we encourage everyone to visit the site and bid high and often,” stated Davis. “And the Bourbon? We are confident the weather will be perfect.”
For more information, contact the Foundation Office at 366-3364 or mdavis@AbbevilleAreaMC.com.
CAPTION: Members of the Abbeville Area Medical Center Foundation Benefit Bash Committee gathered at HayGood Manor February 24th to bury a bottle of Woodford Reserve bourbon donated by Ferguson’s ABC to ensure good weather on event day. (l-r) Alice Bell, AAMC Foundation Secretary, Meg Davis, AAMC Foundation Director, and Selena Goodwin-Hay, AAMC Trustee, Foundation Board member and owner of HayGood Manor, the event site.