Recio Fundraiser An Unqualified Success

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Mike Recio | Fasig-Tipton photo

An event held Sunday, Aug. 1 at McCarthy's Irish Bar in downtown Lexington raised better than $83,000 to benefit the family of Mike Recio, the part-owner of the South Point Sales Consignment, who is battling sepsis in the intensive care unit at Central Baptist Hospital.

Spendthrift Farm's Mark Toothaker, a friend of Recio's who helped organize the event, estimates that better than 200 people attended the event at the popular bar and “you couldn't get another person in there with a shoehorn.”

A vast array of experiences, services, unique items and horse memorabilia were offered during a live auction Sunday evening, donated by Central Kentucky businesses from within the Thoroughbred industry and also from without. Bottles of Pappy Van Winkle 20-year bourbon fetched final bids of $7,500 and $10,000, respectively, while a season to Spendthrift's Jimmy Creed was knocked down for a final bid of $6,000. A halter worn by Stonestreet Stable standout Lady Aurelia realized a final bid of $3,200, a pair of barbecues for 50 donated by Proud Mary BBQ combined to raise $8,200 and two sets of five walking videos provided by ThoroStride sold for a total of $4,750. When all was said and done, $83,850 was raised for the Recios.

A separate online auction concluded Monday afternoon, raising an additional $69,000. A GoFundMe page has also been set up to assist the family.

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