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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - After much anticipation, a UK basketball legend arrived at Keeneland on Friday to sign the new Maker's Mark collectible bottles that bear his image.
Dan Issel started signing bottles early in the morning at the racetrack, turning some of the limited-edition collectibles into truly rare items.
Maker's Mark will donate the proceeds from the sales of the bottles, which are estimated to be $175,000, to benefit the Gill Heart Institute and allow them to build a hospital floor dedicated to cardiovascular medicine patients at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital's new Pavilion A.
"That's the fun part of it, seeing all the fans that have come out. The first man in line was here at 8 o' clock yesterday morning. So they've sacrificed to be in line so it's fun to see them," chuckled Issel, who is featured in this years Maker's Mark charitable bottle series.
WKYT's Sean Evans spoke to Issel himself, who said it was fitting that the signing was at the racetrack, since Keeneland was instrumental in his recruitment.