Lead A Rare Life

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Voting is now closed for the 2018 Rare Life Award and winners will be announced in March 2018. We’ve received many incredible, inspiring and heartwarming stories this year, so sign up for our email list to find out which nominee will receive the 2018 Rare Life Award and $50,000 Grand Prize.

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. 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

Fran Wesseling

Green Beret Foundation
Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee

Cynthia J. Pasky

Michigan Humane Society
Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee

Wendy Hickey

ArtPop Street Gallery
Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee

Ronald "Jake" Clark

Save A Warrior
Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee

Garrett McAlister

Miles with Maeve
Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee

Andrew J. Manzi

The Warrior Surf Foundation...
Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee

Andrea Kozloski

Carolina Lady Anglers
Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee

Ryan Housley

HeroBox
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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