Ashley Boyd Gann of Lexington has been named a winner of the 2015 Rare Life Character Award by Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Eagle Rare will donate $5,000 to Gann's charity, Sweet Blessings, which provides elaborate birthday cakes for 4- to 17-year-olds living in poverty or experiencing life-threatening illnesses.
She currently provides cakes to children in 18 Kentucky counties, including Fayette, with a vision of expanding nationwide. Her volunteer-based organization made and distributed 1,100 cakes last year to recipients who are referred by schools, churches or social service providers.
The Rare Life Award is an annual national awards program. Candidates are nominated by friends, family and colleagues. Their stories and photos are posted online at Eaglerarelife.com, where visitors vote on these inspirational stories. To learn more, visit Sweetblessingscakes.org.