Bourbon & Bowties™

Check back for the date of the 15th Bourbon & Bowties™. The event will feature some of the area’s best chefs preparing hors d’oeuvres, bourbon tastings, the opportunity to purchase a custom bow tie or bangle, and more. Tickets for the 2025 Bourbon & Bowties event will go on sale Thursday, March 20, at 9 a.m.  To be added to the 2025 mailing list, email

View our past and present Bourbon & Bowties honorees.

2024 honoree

Annalise Aguirre

Annalise was born to Joanna and Oscar Aguirre at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, in 2018. As she was getting ready to be discharged, her nurse, Victoria, noticed that her heartbeat sounded irregular. Christopher L. Johnsrude, M.D., of Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, was called. After monitoring her heart, Dr. Johnsrude diagnosed Annalise with long QT syndrome. The next day, she was transferred to Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, where she received a pacemaker. On July 5, 2021, Annalise had a sudden cardiac arrest at home. Her dad successfully resuscitated her after performing CPR and using a defibrillator they had in their home. She is now thriving and turned 5 in November. Annalise and her family live in Radcliff, Kentucky. The Norton Children’s Heart Institute team conferenced with the fire chief in their county to ensure they are ready if Annalise ever has another emergency. Annalise and her family are grateful for Norton Children’s Hospital and Norton Children’s Heart Institute.

In 2024, Bourbon & Bowties will honor 5-year-old Annalise Aguirre, who receives care for her heart at Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine.

The inaugural Bourbon & Bowties event was established in memory of Charles W. Gant, a loving and energetic 8-year-old boy who passed away from viral encephalitis on June 3, 2009. Since then, Bourbon & Bowties has honored Laurel E. DortchMaxwell W. JohnsonOwen F. McMastersAnna-Maria BeckClara and Wilson McGarvey, Tanner Demling, Mason ChristensenMya White , Hazel Leggett, Johnathan Young and James Logan Vaughn. The event also will continue to honor and remember former head chef and host Dean Corbett.

An exclusive Vineyard Vines bow tie and tie, and an exclusive bangle from jewelry company Bourbon and Boweties have been designed in honor of Annalise and are available for purchase at Cartwheels Paper & Gifts, The Fashion Post, The Prickly Pear, Something Blue and Taylor Lee Comfort.

Make a Donation

Please consider a gift in honor of all of our honorees over the years. Your gift will be recognized during the Pledge Moment at the Bourbon & Bowties event.

Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation

4965 U.S. Highway 42, Suite 1000
Louisville, KY 40222
(502) 420-4299

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