What if you could attend a world-class cocktail reception that leads to dinner, dancing, live musical performances, and a spectacular silent auction—and mingle with celebrities to boot?

You can do just that on Friday, May 4 at The Galt House. It’s the seventh-annual Unbridled Eve Derby Gala, an Official Kentucky Derby Event and star-studded gala that draws local and national business leaders, horse-racing industry professionals and celebrities from film, television, music, comedy and sports.

Proceeds from the Gala go to help good causes: Blessings in a Backpack (which provides needy elementary school students a backpack of food on the weekends) and the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at Fund for the Arts (which supports a range of arts organizations).

The evening will include several musical performances. Those scheduled include:

  • 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, 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
  • Mike Mills – co-founder and co-lead singer of E.M.
  • The Louisville Crashers – band out of Louisville that plays covers and their original songs across the country
  • DJ 2nd Nature – energizing audio and visual performances that feature mash-ups of the best in pop culture

Joining you for the fun will be celebrities from the worlds of art, movies, music, and professional sports, such as:

  • 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.
  • Lou Gossett, Jr. –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
  • Patrick Schwarzenegger – actor and model and elder son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver
  • Victoria Justice – actress, singer who rose to fame on Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101 and Victorious
  • Ray Liotta – movie and television actor, best known for his role as Henry Hill in Goodfellas and Field of Dreams. Currently starring in Shades of Blue with Jennifer Lopez.
  • Bob Guiney – contestant on the first season of The Bachelorette and the fourth season of The Bachelor. He regularly appears on The Today Show.
  • Nora Roberts – bestselling author of more than 225 romance novels. She also writes as J. D. Robb for the Death series.
  • Rob Angel – Creator of Pictionary
  • Coach Bobby Petrino – Uof L Head Football Coach
  • Luke Hancock – former University of Louisville basketball player, named Most Outstanding Player in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
  • 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
  • Antonio Brown – football wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL
  • 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.
  • Joe Johnson – former University of Louisville “All American” football player who was 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 – three-time Kentucky Derby winner and 2015 Triple Crown winning jockey on American Pharoah

Your hosts for the evening will be:

  • 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 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

 To purchase tickets, please visit www.unbridledeve.com and click on “Purchase Unbridled Tickets,” call 502.894.9768 or email [email protected]. 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 [email protected] or Tonya York Dees at [email protected].


Held on Derby Eve, this black tie-optional event begins with an amazing cocktail reception featuring fantastic specialty bars serving fine wines, champagnes, bourbons, vodkas and custom cocktails provided by Champion sponsor Southern Wine & Spirits brand partners. You can mingle with celebs and other VIPs from the sports, music, TV, movie, poker, literary and horse racing worlds after their red carpet entrance. We expect more than 30 special celebrity guests to join us this year.


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