makers2015ruppbottleA new commemorative Maker’s Mark bottle is being released that features Adolph Rupp and University of Kentucky blue wax. The bottle will help raise money to expand the Center for Academic and Tutorial Services (CATS) at the University of Kentucky. CATS helps support student athletes. They are hoping to raise a total of $2 million for CATS through contributions from Maker’s Mark and Keeneland, along with proceeds from sales of commemorative bottles

The bottle goes on sale on Friday, April 3. An autograph session will be held at Keeneland Friday morning, April 10, beginning at 8:00 a.m. The signing event features four of Coach Rupp’s All American players who are also in the Naismith Hall of Fame. They are Cliff Hagan, Dan Issel, Frank Ramsey, and Adrian “Odie” Smith.

There’s no charge to attend the signing event, but you have to have a ticket. They’re available at Keeneland at the Keene Barn beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, then be in line by 8:00 Friday morning.

Keeneland has pledged to match fundraising efforts, contributing $20,000 per year for the next five years.