Louisville, KY (April 26, 2018) – It was announced today that The Goo Goo Dolls’ front man and guitarist John Rzeznick will be lighting up the stage at next week’s seventh-annual Unbridled Eve Derby Gala performing hits including “Name” and the Grammy-nominated “Iris.” 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.

In addition to the new musical announcement, the Unbridled Charitable Foundation has released the line up for the one-of-a-kind auction that benefits the event’s charity beneficiaries including Blessings in a Backpack, the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at Fund for the Arts and 14 other impactful organizations. This year, by utilizing BidPal, both attendees and those that can’t make the Gala are able to bid on these unique items and experiences.

Visit to bid in our Auction.  Auction highlights include:

Angel’s Envy ULTIMATE Package!

This incredible package includes: a table of 10 in the Jockey’s Club for the 2019 Kentucky Derby and Oaks, a meal at Angel’s Envy Founder Wes Henderson’s home catered by actor and chef Paul Sorvino with a first tasting of the Angel’s Envy Cask Strength, a VIP tour of the distillery, and more!

Solid gold Mockingjay Pin from Jennifer Lawrence’s personal collection

This amazing 14-carat gold Mockingjay pin studded with 20 diamonds, 2 black diamonds and one ruby was donated from Jennifer Lawrence’s personal collection.

2019 Masters Tournament Passes for the Final Round

This is a golf lovers dream package.  Last year this package sold for $10,000.

5 Day Stay at Oceanfront Villa in Puerto Escondido, Mexico

This beautiful villa has two master bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a 113-foot swimming pool, and a roof top jacuzzi.

Victor Espinoza Autographed Whip for American Pharaoh

Own a piece of history.  Get this autographed whip that was used to encourage American Pharaoh to the finish line.

VIP Sports Packages

For the Cubs, Yankees, Rams, Lakers, Pacers, Jaguars and more!
These are just a few of the amazing items.  To learn about more, go to 

* New guest names highlighted below.


  • John (Johnny) Rzeznick – Vocalist, guitarist and front-man for the American rock band The Goo Goo Dolls
  • 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 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
  • The Louisville Youth Choir – Local youth choir formed to support and enhance school music programs and to serve unmet artistic needs in the community


  • 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
  • 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 ABC’s hugely popular hit “the Bachelor.” Serves as a frequent panelist & weekly contributor on The TODAY SHOW with Kathie Lee and Hoda.
  • 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
  • Michael Colyar – American actor, comedian, entertainer, voiceover artist, television/radio personality, and author
  • Robert Williamson III – World Series of Poker Bracelet Holder with over 30 WSOP cashes & worldwide lifetime winnings exceeding three million dollars
  • Jolynn Farber – International 2018
  • Montel Williams – Emmy-winning host of the Montel Williams Show. NY Times bestselling author, entrepreneur, philanthropist and a passionate advocate for veterans, education and health.
  • Cara Mund – Miss America 2018
  • JD Shelburne – Country music artist, one of Kentucky’s fastest rising stars
  • Coach Bobby Petrino – University of Louisville Head Football Coach
  • Robbie Valentine – former University of Louisville 1986 championship basketball player and senior director of sales, AEG/KFC Yum Center
  • 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
  • Mike Tirico – NFL Monday Night Football announcer for 10 years. He’s called a multitude of programs on ESPN/NBC including NBA basketball, golf and tennis.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Sam Boyd – One of the world’s top freestyle motocross riders. First person to complete a double front flip in competition.  Since 2006 he has been part of the record-breaking action sports collective Nitro Circus.
  • Abigail Murer – Alpine Ski Racer and alternate on the U.S. ski team
  • 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
  • Mike Smith – National Museum of racing and Hall of Fame jockey who has won the most Breeders’ Cup Wins of any jockey with 26.
  • Tyler Gaffalione – 2015 Eclipse Award Trophy winner
  • Kent Desormeaux – 2018 Kentucky Derby mount My Boy Jack
  • Joe Bravo – 2018 Kentucky Oaks mount My Miss Lilly
  • Robby Albarado – 2018 Kentucky Derby mount Free Drop Billy
  • Ricardo Santana – 2018 Kentucky Derby mount Combatant


  • 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 Dance Party only tickets are available for $350 (10:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.)

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

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Champion sponsor of the 2018 Unbridled Eve Derby Gala is Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Other sponsors include CIGNA, CDW Healthcare, Century Mortgage, Wayne & Kathy Richards, Planet Fitness, the Nora Roberts Foundation, the Churchill Downs Foundation and Churchill Downs Inc., the Galt House Hotel, Barry Wooley Designs, Delta Dental of Kentucky, Montgomery Chevrolet, Sun Tan City, MPI Printing, Bella Vita Media, Mightily, dRAE Media & Marketing, Mac in a Snap, Ronaldo Designer Jewelry, York Management, Inc., Louisville Magazine, Today’s Woman Now Magazine, TOPS Louisville Magazine and Insider Louisville.