Written by Maggie Hackman, DLP Intern
The Hilary J. Boone Center sits on the corner of Rose Street and Columbia Avenue, and Holly Clark, the Boone Center’s Director of Membership Sales, calls it “the best-kept secret in Lexington”. The Hilary J. Boone Center originated as the The UK Faculty Club in 1987, serving as a club for University of Kentucky faculty, staff and alumni. After a shutdown in 2006, the club reopened in 2008 as the Hilary J. Boone Center, named for horseman and philanthropist Hilary J. Boone, who provided financing for the club.
Today, the Boone Center occupies over 20,000 square feet with eight private rooms, a courtyard, and a terrace. The Boone Center is considered to be among the premier venues for dining and events in the Bluegrass. Located on UK’s campus, the Boone Center has strong ties to the university and offers an extensive range of membership categories including alumni, faculty, staff, parent, corporate and even more. Clark states that “pretty much anyone who is a fan of UK, has a tie to UK, or wants to support UK” can become a member, and those who don’t fall into any specific category are welcome to join the alumni association and gain membership to the Boone Center through that channel. Members may book any room or space for a private event.
The Boone Center serves as a versatile space to host a variety of events such as birthday parties, Kentucky game viewing parties, receptions, and even weddings. The Boone Center is equipped with complimentary parking, all possible hospitality needs, and French-trained Chef Seth Russell who provides members and guests with consistent excellent cuisine. When the Boone Center isn’t hosting weddings and parties, they offer a lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30am – 2:00pm at the Boone Center Grill for the entire community.
The Hilary J. Boone Center is a landmark on the University of Kentucky’s Campus and a landmark in Lexington, and Clark states that they feel it is so important to give back to the community. The Boone Center is a proud member of the Downtown Lexington Partnership and is eager to “support the community by working with fellow businesses to make business good for everyone”. In other philanthropic efforts, the Boone Center recently held their annual “Ultimate Big Blue Wedding Giveaway”, where they gave away a $25,000 wedding to the couple who shared their “Truest Blue” love story.
The Hilary J. Boone Center truly is the best-kept secret in Lexington, and the Downtown Lexington Partnership is beyond proud to recognize them as member of the week.
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