Eagle Rare Bourbon Whiskey announces the current voting tallies for its 2014 Rare Life Award, an award that recognizes people whose lives embody Eagle Rare’s passion for excellence and demonstrate the epitome of courage, leadership, survival, heroism, devotion and character. With only three months remaining in the nomination process, the votes are very close between each of the top 20 vote nominees so far. The $40,000 award will be donated to the winner’s charity early next year.
As of Oct. 1, the 20 nominees who have received the most votes are, (in alphabetical order):
Bob Anderson- Decorah, Iowa
Andrew Christian- Coleville, California
Al Cecere- Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Marc Dibernardo- Louisville, Kentucky
Ryan Eversley- Morrisville, North Carolina
Howard Garrett- Freeland, Washington
Marge Gibson-Merrill, Wisconsin
Angie Goodwin- Beach Grove, Kentucky
Shawn J Gourley- Evansville, Indiana
Melissa Jarboe- Chisago, Kansas
Mac McQuown- Ocala, Florida
Becky Fox Ortyl- St Louis, Missouri
Shanda Renee- Paso Robles, California
Dr. Peter Sharpe- Avalon, California
Karen Shirk- Xenia, Ohio
Melissa Smith- Doniphan, Kansas
Charles J Stecker JR.- East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Theresa Strader- Colorado Springs, Colorado
Annette King Tucker-Claremore, Oklahoma
Janice Wolf- Midway, Arkansas
Of the 20 top nominees, their stories are varied from topics such as children’s rights, military heroes, saving animals, childhood diseases, and service dogs. What all of the stories have in common though, is their ability to tug at one’s heartstrings.
Kris Comstock, Eagle Rare Bourbon brand manager said, “We continue to be inspired by the nominees and are honored to help an increasing array of charities across the United States. We’re halfway through the voting process and have some great nominations so far. But there’s still time to nominate someone you think leads a Rare Life, or to vote for your favorite nominee at www.eaglerarelife.com.”
Since nominations and voting began in May of this year, 120 stories have been submitted through Eagle Rare’s website. The Grand Prize award winner will be awarded a $40,000 donation for the charity of their choice. The Grand Prize winner will also receive an awards ceremony in the winner’s home town hosted by Eagle Rare Bourbon and the production of a short testimonial video.
In addition to the grand prize, six others will be selected for each key Rare Life characteristic and awarded $4,000 for the charity of their choice. This is the fourth year for the Rare Life campaign, and the 2014 awards will bring total grants to date for charities to $160,000.
Entries are available to view online at the Eagle Rare website. People can continue to vote for these inspiring nominees through January 7, 2014. At the end of the voting, a Grand Prize Winner and six finalists will be selected from 20 nominees receiving the most votes. Those winners will be announced the week of March 3, 2014.