Named an Official Kentucky Derby Event, the seventh-annual Unbridled Eve Derby Gala is an exclusive star-studded gala which draws local and national business leaders, horse racing industry professionals and celebrities from film, television, music, comedy and sports.

From the world-class cocktail reception to dinner, dancing, live musical performances, and a spectacular silent auction, Unbridled Eve offers the best in Southern hospitality, elegance and entertainment.

All of this fun ultimately goes to help numerous great causes, including seven-time beneficiary, Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that fights childhood hunger by providing needy elementary school students a backpack of food on the weekends. Two-time recipient, the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at Fund for the Arts, supports a range of arts organizations and drives accessibility across neighborhoods, schools, community center, senior care facilities, parks, libraries, and public spaces in Greater Louisville.


  • John Rzeznik –
  • Linkin’ Bridge – from the West End of Louisville and best known for their appearances on Season 11 of America’s Got Talent
  • Sir Mix-a-Lot – Grammy-winning American rapper and recording producer. He is best known for his hit song “Baby Got Back.”
  • Reggie Calloway, founder of Midnight Star – Grammy-winning songwriter and top music producer, hit writer, musician and artist
  • Thompson Square – country music duo composed of husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson
  • Dennis Quaid – award-winning actor currently starring in I Can Only Imagine
  • Mike Mills – co-founder and co-lead singer of the iconic rock band R.E.M.
  • The Louisville Crashers – regional and national band out of Louisville that plays covers and their original songs across the country
  • DJ 2nd Nature – energizing audio & visual performances that feature mash-ups of the best in pop culture


  • Mira Sorvino – Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actress
  • Christopher Backus – actor, director and screenwriter
  • Keith Robinson – actor (Dreamgirls) and musical artist
  • Paul Sorvino – actor (Goodfellas, Law & Order), opera singer, writer and sculptor
  • Jesse Spencer – Australian actor and musician known for House and Chicago Fire
  • Kevin Olusola – three-time Grammy winner with the vocal band Pentatonix from Louisville. He is a musician, beatboxer, cellist, rapper, record producer, singer, and songwriter. Olusola is best known as the beatboxer of Pentatonix
  • Lou Gossett, Jr. – actor best known for his Oscar-winning role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman
  • Montel Williams – Emmy Award winning host of the Montel Williams Show. Williams is a NY Times bestselling author, entrepreneur, philanthropist and a passionate advocate for veterans, education and health. He serves on the board of directors for the Fisher House Foundation and the Anne Romney Center for Neurological Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
  • Jenni “J-Woww” Farley – television personality from reality series Jersey Shore and Domesticated
  • Victoria Justice – actress, singer who rose to fame on Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101 and Victorious
  • Bob Guiney – contestant on the first season of The Bachelorette and later appeared as the bachelor in the fourth season of The Bachelor. He hosted GSN Live from 2009 until the show’s ending in 2011. He regularly appears on The Today Show.
  • Nora Roberts – one of the bestselling authors of all-time having written more than 225 romance novels. She also writes as J. D. Robb for the Death series.
  • Rob Angel – Creator of Pictionary
  • Coach Bobby Petrino – University of Louisville Head Football Coach
  • Luke Hancock – former University of Louisville basketball player, named Most Outstanding Player in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, which University of Louisville won.
  • Warren Moon – NFL Hall of Famer who played the majority of his career with the Houston Oilers
  • Bilal Powell – football running back for the New York Jets of the NFL. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
  • James O’Shaughnessy – football tight end for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL
  • Kenny Moore Jr. – football cornerback for the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL
  • Brian Winters – football offensive guard for the New York Jets of the NFL
  • Rontez Miles – football strong safety for the New York Jets of the NFL
  • Mario Urrutia – former NFL wide receiver. Played college football at University of Louisville.
  • Joe Johnson – former University of Louisville “All American” football player. Drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1994.
  • Steve Elkington – two-time winner of the PGA Player Championship, formerly on the PGA Tour, currently on the PGA Tour Champions.
  • Bonnie Jill Lafflin – actress, model, television personality, sportscaster, and NBA scout for the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Allison Williams – ESPN reporter working Saturday college football games and Big Monday college basketball games.
  • Wes Henderson – Founder and Chief Innovations Officer of Angel’s Envy
  • Al Young – brand ambassador and resident historian of Four Roses
  • Jean Cruguet – Triple Crown-winning jockey on Seattle Slew
  • Victor Espinoza – 3-time Kentucky Derby winner and 2015 Triple Crown winning jockey on American Pharoah


  • Tonya York Dees and Tammy York Day (Hosts and Co-Founders, Unbridled Eve Derby Gala)
  • Ben Jackey (Unbridled Eve Gala Red Carpet)
  • Julie Smith (Unbridled Eve Gala Red Carpet)
  • Nick Ferrara (Unbridled Eve Gala Emcee)

*More names to be announced.

WHEN:     Friday, May 4, 2018

Media Check-in:     6:00 p.m.
Red carpet:               7:00-8:30 p.m.
Reception:                7:00 p.m.
Gala:                           8:30 p.m. -1:30 a.m.

WHERE:     The Galt House Hotel & Suites

Grand Ballroom
140 N 4th St.
Louisville, KY 40202

 CONTACTS:     To purchase tickets, please visit and click on “Purchase Unbridled Tickets,” call 502.894.9768 or email  Individual ticket prices start at $1,250. Dance Party only tickets are available for $350 (10:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.)

For sponsorship opportunities, please email Tammy York Day at or Tonya York Dees at

For media inquiries and credentialing requests to cover the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala and red carpet, please visit

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