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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 in need can be fed on weekends for one year for just $100. Since 2012, the money donated by Unbridled Eve has provided 80,000 hunger-free weekends for kids across the nation, including Roosevelt Perry Elementary School in Louisville. Students enrolled in this program also show improved health, increased attendance, higher reading levels and better test scores.

In addition to our primary beneficiaries, the Unbridled Eve Executive Committee also selects a group of smaller beneficiaries each year to support a variety of causes throughout the community. 

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