The Chair and CEO of Major Brands, a local beer, wine and liquor distributor, is creating a limited-edition Maker’s Mark Private Select bourbon to benefit local nonprofits.
Sue McCollum brought together seven St. Louis-area female leaders to create the blend, which will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Forest Park Forever and the Saint Louis Fashion Fund.
The team includes, Rebecca Hatter, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri; Lesley Hoffarth, president and executive director of Forest Park Forever; Lisa Melandri, executive director of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Susan Sherman, founder of the Saint Louis Fashion Fund; Cabanne Howard, CEO of Kaleidoscope Management Group; Ellen Sherberg, special advisor to the CEO of the American City Business Journals and Suzanne Sitherwood, president and CEO of Spire.
The barrel created by McCollum and her team will yield 240 bottles of bourbon, which will be divided among the four nonprofits and used for fundraising purposes.
“This ‘Women and Whiskey’ tour is a match made in heaven,” McCollum said in a statement. “It is a creative way for us to develop a bourbon as unique as the female change-makers who are joining us, all to help make a positive difference in our community.”
In partnership with Maker’s Mark, McCollum hand-selected the executive directors of St. Louis-based nonprofits and female executives to serve on a private selection team to create the whisky.