First Woman Master Distiller to be honored this week in Louisville Ky


Louisville, KY — The National MS Society – Kentucky Southeast Indiana Chapter is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Woman on the Move Luncheon.  This year we will honor Marianne Barnes. Barnes is the first female Master Distiller of Bourbon in Kentucky at only 29 years of age. Last January she also garnered a spot on Forbes 30 under 30 list in Food and Beverage. Barnes is blazing a trail for women in a male-dominated bourbon industry, and though she doesn’t think the news would be as interested in her gutsy career move if she was a male, that is not the reason she decided to jump at the chance to become a Master Distiller. She is a Kentucky woman to celebrate!

“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized by the National MS society as a woman on the move. As I find myself with a platform to reach an ever increasing audience, I feel that it is important to use it to share other important messages that need to be heard as well. I took a risk moving from a global spirits company to a start-up, for me it was uncharted territory. I just knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be a part of the team that would bring the Historic Old Taylor distillery, a pivotal part of bourbon history, back to life. I grew up in a family of brave woman, so I truly appreciate being able to help and lend my voice for all the brave men and women, Barnes said. 
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Another woman on the move and someone to celebrate is Rain Pryor, yes famed comedian, Richard Pryor’s daughter.  Rain is an actress and comedian and excited to be the guest speaker for this empowering luncheon!
The Woman on the Move Luncheon is a unique fundraising experience creating an inspiring, motivational and empowering leadership environment. The event will gather leaders in our community, with members of the National MS Society creating awareness, sharing stories and building relationships.
Mary Carabella, National MS Society welcomes Marianne with open arms, “We are truly thrilled to welcome two outstanding women to this year’s Women on the Move event.  It’s an exciting time in MS research and Kentucky Bourbon!”
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WHO:         Marianne Barnes, Rain Pryor, The National MS Society – Kentucky Southeast Indiana Chapter and YOU!
WHAT:       Community minded lunch gathering leaders and the MS community.
WHEN:         Thursday, March 24, 2016
                   11:30AM – 1:00PM
                   Tickets: $35
WHERE:      Hilliard Lyons – 500 West Jefferson Street
WHY:            Celebrate fearless Women on the Move and honor those who inspire because MS affects two thirds more women than men.
For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and more information please contact Mary Carabella502.609.6505 or or visit 
The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by Multiple Sclerosis.  To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives.  In 2012 alone, the Society invested $43 million to support 350 research projects around the world while providing programs and services that assisted more than one million people.  The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. The Kentucky-Southeast Indiana Chapter is one of a 50-state network of chapters and branches that represent the National MS Society.  The local Chapter provides programs and services in a 108-county area across Kentucky and Southeast Indiana.  For more information,