Louisville, KY (August 23, 2012) – On Thursday morning $300,000 was raised for local charities at the 48th Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast and Auction, sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau. The ham auction completed the morning festivities that included appearances by local and state officials and speeches by Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney, Governor Steve Beshear, U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.
The blue-ribbon winning ham was raised by Leslie Scott of Scott Farms in Greenville, Ky. and weighed in at 17 pounds, 16 ounces. Dr. Mark Lynn of Mark Lynn & Associates paid $300,000 for the country ham. Dr. Lynn announced that the donation would be given to the University of Louisville, Visually Impaired Preschool Services and Eastern Area Community Ministries. He also indicated that the grand champion ham would go to Wayside Christian Mission.
Since its inception in 1964, the Kentucky Farm Bureau has helped raise more than $6.5 million dollars for charity. 2010’s auction tipped the scales and record books with a record-setting $1.6 million winning bid by Bernard Trager, Chairman of Republic Bank and Trust, and Dr. Mark Lynn & Associates, owner of Dr. Bizer’s Vision World.
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