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Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation Reaches $1.2 Million Fundraising Goal

Bardstown, Ky. (December 16, 2019) – Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation announced Tuesday, Dec. 10, that it has raised $1.275 million for Project Hope to support expansion of the CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care Center at Flaget Memorial Hospital. The exciting announcement was made during the Bourbon & Bluegrass Holiday Bash to a sold-out crowd of 170 guests.

A special $200,000 gift was announced that included four donors – Bill and Mary Florence Barnes, Haydon Materials and ARMAG Corporation, Divisions of Haydon Holdings, LLC, David and Mary Stuart Haydon, and the Albert and Leona Haydon Family Foundation. The Haydons expressed gratitude for the community's support of their businesses, which allows them to give back to the community.

“We look forward to the Bourbon & Bluegrass Holiday Bash each year,” said Leslie Smart, CFRE, president, Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation. “The Haydons helped us reach our fundraising goal and made this year’s event so very special. We are also grateful for the generous donations received over the last two years for Project Hope. These gifts will allow us to provide improved cancer care in the Bardstown community.”

In addition to the funding from Project Hope, which added 3D mammography to the Flaget cancer center in 2018, the dollars raised will help expand the cancer center adding more infusion rooms, a resource center and a pharmacy. With these new additions, the cancer center can continue working toward its mission – to catch cancer early and stop it, with the strongest, most comprehensive care.

“We’re honored to be part of this landmark year for the Bourbon & Bluegrass Holiday Bash and contribute to Project Hope,” President and CEO Mark Erwin, Bardstown Bourbon Company, presenting sponsor of the event. “This fun night of bourbon, camaraderie and giving will benefit the hundreds of patients that Flaget Memorial Hospital will serve at the expanded cancer center.”

For more information about the bash, visit If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor for the event next year, please call 859.313.2014.

Sponsors for this year’s event were:

  • Presenting sponsor: Bardstown Bourbon Company
  • Platinum sponsor: Beam Suntory
  • Physician of the Year Award Sponsor: Realm Construction Company
  • Gold sponsor: Flaget Memorial Hospital
  • Silver sponsors: Buzick Construction, Flaget Memorial Hospital Medical Staff, Leo and Jenny Hamilton, Independent Stave Company, Springfield State Bank, VNA Health at Home and Hospice
  • Bronze sponsor: Conway-Heaton
  • Celebration Sponsor: Tucker Healthcare Associates
  • Mission Moment Sponsor: Welltower
  • Photography Sponsor: Alex Mitro
  • Print Sponsor: GBA Office Solutions

For more information about Project Hope, visit

About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 135 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to building healthier communities by elevating patient care through an integrated physical and behavioral health delivery system. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.

About Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation
Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation supports CHI Saint Joseph Health’s drive for excellence by inspiring donors to make a tangible difference through their philanthropic investment in outstanding patient care facilities and services, the education of caregivers, advanced clinical research and improved access to quality medical care.

About Flaget Memorial Hospital
Flaget Memorial Hospital, part of CHI Saint Joseph Health, is a 52-bed facility located in Bardstown, KY. Established in 1951 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, the facility serves residents of Nelson, Hardin, Marion, Washington, Spencer, Bullitt and LaRue counties. The facility is also home to Nelson County’s first full-service cancer center.



For More Information:
Mary Branham, Director, Communications
P: 859.313.2642
[email protected] 

Publish date: 

Monday, December 16, 2019