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10th Annual Unbridled Eve Kentucky Derby Gala
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Did you know Unbridled Eve has connected charities to more than $4.2 million in funding?  Through direct donations and building relationships between corporate partners and beneficiaries, this one night of celebration has made a long-lasting impact.


Held in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House Hotel on May 2, 2025 from 7:00 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. with Dance Party admittance beginning at 10:00 p.m.
On Saturday the Mint Juleps will flow, the call to the post will sound, hooves will pound, dirt will fly, bets will be made and dreams will come true.
But first, come experience a night of Southern grace, glamour, charm and hospitality at its finest during the twelfth annual Unbridled Eve Gala.
Held the night before the Kentucky Derby, the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala is one of the most anticipated black tie-optional events of the year for Louisville lovers,
celebrities and racing enthusiasts!

Come experience Louisville at its most generous next May.
Limited Edition Collectors Unbridled Eve Bracelets are still available. Click here to order.
Join us in making Unbridled Eve the very best it can be.



Every year the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala Executive Committee selects the charitable beneficiaries to receive proceeds from the event.

Blessings in a Backpack ­and the Unbridled Charitable Foundation partnered to create the first “Unbridled Afternoon” for the students at Engelhard Elementary School in Louisville, Kentucky. As an ode to the annual Unbridled Eve Gala that occurs the evening before the Kentucky Derby and fundraises to help several nonprofits, including Blessings in a Backpack, this kid-friendly event allowed students to experience their own Derby events—many of them for the first time. The two organizations plan to hold this event annually at different elementary schools in the Louisville area.

Blessings in a Backpack has once again been selected as the primary beneficiaries of the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala.

Through Blessings in a Backpack, a child living in a food-insecure situation can be fed on weekends for one year for just $130. Since 2012, the money donated by Unbridled Eve has provided 76,000 hunger-free weekends for kids across the nation, including Blessings first program at Roosevelt Perry Elementary School in Louisville. Students enrolled in this program show improved health, increased attendance, higher reading levels, and better test scores.

Video: Fred Lee Reynolds, Part-Five Media

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