An Official Kentucky Derby Event, the world-class, star-studded Gala draws local and national business leaders, horse racing industry professionals and celebrities from film, television, music, comedy and sports for an incredible evening of Southern hospitality, elegance and entertainment.

All of this fun ultimately goes to help numerous great causes, including eight-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. Three-time recipient, the 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. A portion of proceeds will also go to sixteen other non-profit organizations.

The Unbridled Charitable Foundation, Inc® and Unbridled Eve® were founded by Tonya York-Dees and Tammy York-Day.

  • NOTE: New additions after 4/26/19 release are in yellow.


  • Brandon Jenner – Television personality and musician.
  • C+C Music Factory – Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and MTV award winning pop rock, dance band.
  • DJ 2nd Nature – Atlanta DJ who incorporates mash-ups of pop culture media.
  • JD Shelburne – Country music artist, one of Kentucky’s fastest rising stars.
  • John Elefante – Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, and producer, known for his former tenure as the frontman of the rock group
  • Linkin’ Bridge – Acapella singing group from Louisville, KY. America’s Got Talent
  • Mark McGrath – Lead vocalist of the rock band Sugar Ray, host of Don’t Forget the Lyrics and Killer Karaoke, and co-host of
  • Mike Mills – Grammy-winning co-founder and co-lead singer of the iconic rock band E.M.
  • Skip Martin – Grammy-winning lead vocalist, trumpet player, songwriter and producer who was formerly lead vocalist for Kool & The Gang and co-founder, lead singer of the Dazz Band.
  • The Louisville Crashers – Louisville-based party/cover band.


  • B. Woodside – Actor, best known for his portrayal of White House Chief of Staff Wayne Palmer on the Fox action/drama series 24.
  • Jerry Mathers – Actor, best known for his role Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver in the television sitcom Leave It to Beaver.
  • Paul Sorvino – Actor (Goodfellas, Law & Order), opera singer, writer, and sculptor.
  • Nick Vallalonga – Academy Award winning co-writer and producer of Green Book.
  • Bob Guiney – Former star of The Bachelor, frequent panelist & weekly contributor on The TODAY SHOW.
  • Linda Thompson – Grammy-nominated award-winning songwriter/lyricist, former actress, and author of “A Little Thing Called Life.”
  • Nora Roberts – One of the bestselling authors of all time having written more than 225 romance novels.
  • Bruce Wilder – Award-winning photographer.
  • Patrick Warburton – Comedic actor and voiceover artist from SeinfeldRules of Engagement, and Family Guy.
  • Jack Harlow – Hip hop artist from Louisville, KY.
  • Rob Angel – Creator of Pictionary.
  • John Driskell “Hop” Hopkins – Founding member, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter for the Grammy-winning group Zac Brown Band.
  • Conrad Bachmann – Louisville-native, actor in hundreds of episodics, over four hundred commercials, twenty features, and numerous stage productions.
  • Robert Williamson III – World Series of Poker Bracelet Holder with over 30 WSOP cashes & worldwide lifetime winnings exceeding three million dollars.
  • Austin Ramsey – Louisville native, award-winning Actor/Producer whose projects include Frat Star and Pike County.
  • Ameara Wahhab – Actor, Singer/Songwriter known for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season 2 and currently working on a new Hulu original TV show RAMY.
  • Brandi Alexander – Masterchef Season 7 competitor.
  • Ben Sollee – American cellist, singer-songwriter, and composer from Kentucky.
  • Layla Spring – Singer, artist, entrepreneur. Top 24 finalist on American Idol
  • Rick Kueber – Part owner of Starlight Racing’s 2019 Kentucky Derby entries Improbable and Cutting Humor and 2019 Triple Crown Winner Justify. Owner, Planet Fitness.
  • Tracy Lear – Model, Actress, Entrepreneur, Women’s Advocate, Producer. Bravo’s Southern Charm Kentucky, 2020
  • Benjamin Worth Miller – Investor, Producer, Actor, Farmer/Grower. Bravo’s Southern Charm Kentucky, 2020
  • Skylar Lear – Investor, Producer, Actor, Owner TLSL BRANDS. Bravo’s Southern Charm Kentucky, 2020
  • Brooke Wilkerson – Comedian, author and speaker. Host “Brooke Wilkerson’s Moms’ Night Out.”
  • Mayor Greg Fischer ­­– Mayor of Louisville, KY.
  • Greg Abbott – Governor of Texas.
  • Ken Paxton – Attorney General of Texas.


  • Bob Baffert – Racehorse trainer who trained the 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify.
  • Mike Smith – Horse Racing Museum and Hall of Fame jockey who rode Justify to victory in the 2018 Triple Crown.
  • Jean Cruguet – Rode Seattle Slew to victory in the 1977 Triple Crown.
  • Ramon Dominguez – Retired Hall of Fame and 3-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey.
  • Sandy Hawley – Canadian and U.S. Hall of Fame, Eclipse Award, and Lou Marsh Trophy-winning jockey. First jockey ever to win 500 races in one year.
  • Tyler Gaffalione – 2019 Kentucky Derby mount War of Will.
  • Gabe Saez – 2019 Kentucky Derby mount By My Standards.
  • Jon Court – 2019 Kentucky Derby mount Long Range Toddy.
  • Ricardo Santana – 2019 Kentucky Derby mount Plus Que Parfait.
  • Sophie Doyle – 2019 Kentucky Oaks mount Street Band.
  • Drayden Van Dyke – 2019 Kentucky Derby mount Gray Magician.


  • Luke Hancock – Former University of Louisville basketball player, named Most Outstanding Player in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, which University of Louisville won.
  • Vince Tyra – University of Louisville Athletic Director.
  • Warren Moon – NFL Hall of Famer who played the majority of his career with the Houston Oilers.
  • Mario Urrutia – Former Cincinnati Bengal and University of Louisville Linebacker.
  • Jamon Brown – Atlanta Falcons Guard. Played for the University of Louisville
  • Deion Branch – New England Patriots Wide Receiver. MVP Super Bowl XXXIX, Two-time Super Bowl champion. Played for the University of Louisville.
  • John Miller – Cincinnati Bengals Guard. Played for the University of Louisville.
  • Frostee Rucker – Defensive End for the Oakland Raiders.
  • Taywan Taylor – Wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans.
  • Bonnie-Jill Lafflin – Actress, model, television personality, sportscaster, and NBA scout for the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • PJ Fleck – University of Minnesota Head Football Coach.
  • Joe Johnson – Former U of L Football, New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packer player.
  • Sam Boyd – Professional motocross rider. On MTV’s Nitro Circus.


  • Harvey Chaplin – Chairman, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
  • Gene Sullivan – President, Eastern Region, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
  • Pete McLaughlin – EVP, GM of Kentucky & Ohio, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
  • David Levitch – SVP, GM of Kentucky, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits


  • Tammy York Day – CEO, Louisville Healthcare CEO Council and Co-Founder of the Unbridled Charitable Foundation, Inc.
  • Tonya York – President, York Management, Inc. and Co-Founder of the Unbridled Charitable Foundation, Inc.
  • Neeli Bendapudi – President of the University of Louisville.
  • Katie Bouchard – Miss Kentucky 2018
  • Brooke Wiseman – Blessings in a Backpack Executive Director.
  • Fred Noe III – Beam’s Master Distiller and great grandson of Jim Beam, seventh generation distiller.
  • Freddie Noe – Eighth generation distiller of the Beam family.
  • Wes Henderson – Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Angel’s Envy.
  • Al Young – Four Roses Senior Brand Ambassador and Bourbon Legend.
  • Milan Chakraborty – Producer of The LifeguardWhere Hope Grows and My Friend Dahmer.
  • Darnell Ferguson – Super Chef
  • Jennifer Hoffman – Winner of the Amazing Race.
  • Terry Meiners – Radio and television personality on WHAS.
  • Dawne Gee – WAVE 3 News anchor and host of WAVE Country with Dawne Gee.
  • Chris Sullivan – Co-Founder and former CEO and Chairman of Outback Steakhouse, Inc.
  • “Spanky” Bunch – multimedia artist from Kentucky.
  • Kentucky Derby Festival Court:
    • Brittany Patillo – 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival Queen
    • Kelsey Sutton
    • Mary Baker
    • Elizabeth Seewar
    • Allison Spears

GOLD STAR FAMILY – Emily Dieruf Chambers’ late husband, Cpl. Nicholas “Nich” James Dieruf was a United States Marine who died Thurs., April 8, 2004, at the age of 21, while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq. Nich was born in Lexington and after joining the Marine Corp in Woodford County, he was assigned to the 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA. His division was the first to enter Baghdad, Iraq in April 2003.


  • 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)

WHEN:                      Friday, May 3, 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
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Instagram: @UnbridledEve #UnbridledEve #UE19

Champion Sponsor of the 2019 Unbridled Eve Derby Gala is Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Our Win Sponsor is Cigna. Place Sponsors include CDW Heathcare, Intel, Wayne and Kathy Richards and Ronaldo Designer Jewelry, Inc. Show Sponsors include Churchill Downs, Galt House Hotel, The Nora Roberts Foundation, Corona, White Claw Seltzer, UPS, Black River Caviar and Derby City Gaming. Other supporters include TOPS Magazine, Insider Louisville, dRAE Media, Bella of Louisville, a+h Marketing, MPI Printing, Mightily, Mac in Snap and York Management.