We do not put this party on for us, for our friends, for our family, or for all the celebrities that come to town. We put this party on for our beneficiaries.

Every year our board selects a primary beneficiary that positively impacts our community to receive the proceeds of Unbridled Eve Derby Gala.

Blessings in a Backpack has been named the primary beneficiary of Unbridled Eve for 2016. This is the fifth year that the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala has named Blessings in a Backpack as the primary beneficiary.

Through Blessings in a Backpack we can feed a child for one year for just $80. Founded in 2005, Blessings started feeding students in just two Kentucky schools. Ten years later, Blessings is feeding more than 72,000 students in 700 schools across 44 states and the District of Columbia.

The premise is simple.

Elementary school students on free and reduced lunch programs likely aren’t getting the food they need on the weekends – after all, hunger never takes the weekends off. Eligible students are given a backpack chock-full of goodies to take home. And Blessings isn’t just combating hunger. Students enrolled in this program show improved health, increased attendance, higher reading levels and better test scores.

Blessings in a Backpack was chosen as the People Magazine PEOPLE FIRST Charity of 2012.

In addition to our primary beneficiary, the Unbridled Eve executive committee also picks a variety of smaller beneficiaries of the proceeds.

2016 beneficiaries include: Fund for the Arts, Epilepsy Foundation (Chicago), Kentucky State Police Trooper Island, Arrow Fund, Best Buddies, Boys and Girls Haven, Dogs Helping Heroes, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Metro United Way, Mom’s Closet, Neighborhood House, Super Student Athletes, Winter HAYven, Seven Counties, and USA Cares.

Our thanks to every ticket buyer, auction bidder and independent donor who made it possible to support all these amazing organizations.