Lead A Rare Life

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Nominations are now closed for the 2018 Rare Life Award, but there is still time to vote for your favorites. We’ve received many incredible, inspiring and heartwarming stories this year, and your vote could help change someone’s life and further their mission to help others.

Eagle Rare Life Award 2017

Rare Life Honor

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Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has won its share of honors and awards. Now we're honoring those who share our passion for excellence with the Rare Life Award and $50,000 Grand Prize.

Some nominees are heroic. Some are inspirational. Some just make an impact in their corner of the world. But all have one thing in common—they lead rare lives. So, read their stories, vote on the ones that inspire you, and share them with friends.

Each story was submitted into one of six categories: Courage, Leadership, Survival, Devotion, Character and Heroism. At the end of the voting on December 5th, the top five finalists to receive the most votes in each category will be considered for a category prize of $5,000. Our award-winning panel of judges will then evaluate the top 10 nominees across all categories to determine the winner of the Eagle Rare Life Award and the $50,000 Grand Prize, which will be donated to the charity or cause of the winner’s choice.

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Nominees

Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee

Nicholas Watson

Veterans Expeditions
Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee

Ben Sharda

Kansas City Community Gardens
Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee

LeAnn Morrissey

Operation Shower
Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee

Walt Fricke

Veterans Airlift Command
Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee

Ashley Marine

GirlForward
Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee

Jen Hidinger

The Giving Kitchen
Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee

John Ducoff

Covenant House of Phialdelphia
Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee

Lon Hodge

Operation Fetch
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Our Judges

Hershal Woody Williams

Hershel "Woody" Williams

2016 Rare Life Award Winner
Hershel Woody Williams Medal Of Honor FDN
Phillip Rhodes

Phillip Rhodes

Executive Managing Editor
Garden & Gun
Lisa Delaney

Lisa Delaney

Senior Vice President, Chief Content Officer
AMG/Parade
Braden Lay-Michaels

Braden Lay-Michaels

Chief External Relations Officer
Storycorps
Nino Marchetti

Nino Marchetti

Writer, Founder
The Whiskey Wash
Harlen Wheatley

Harlen Wheatley

Master Distiller
Buffalo Trace Distillery