LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY (April 19, 2024) — Derby season is now in full swing! With that means a slew of events leading up to the big day. 

One of the most anticipated events is the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala. The event will kick off at the Galt House Hotel on May 3 at 7:00 p.m., with the dance party admittance beginning at 10 p.m.

The gala will feature a red carpet entrance with celebrities, live performances, bourbon, dancing and more. 

In honor of the 150th Kentucky Derby, the gala will be offering 150 auction items, as well as 150 bourbons in the new bourbon pull. Officials said you must be present to participate in the bourbon pull, but you do not need to be present to bid in the silent auction.

To purchase tickets for the event, please click here

Below is the full guest list:

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  • Rauw Alejandro – 2024 Grammy Award Nominee, Puerto Rican singer-songwriter; 19.1M followers on Instagram, 2.7M followers on X, 15.5M followers on TikTok
  • Chef Edward Lee – Award-winning chef and author
  • Randy Travis – Grammy-winning country music artist
  • Dean Norris – “Breaking Bad”; “Under the Dome”
  • Mike Mills – Co-founder, co-lead singer R.E.M.
  • Lisa Leslie – Former WNBA player, Olympic gold medalist
  • Warren Moon – NFL Hall of Famer
  • Madison Marsh – Miss America 2024; Active-duty U.S. Air Force
  • Hanley House – Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2024
  • John Schneider – “The Dukes of Hazzard”; “The Masked Singer”
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Former NBA player/UK standout
  • Johnny Edwards – Second lead singer of Foreigner
  • Bob Guiney – “The Bachelor” and talk show host
  • Aron Haddad – Actor/pro wrestler
  • Conrad Bachmann – Actor, founder of the Louisville Film Arts Institute
  • Rob Angel – Founder of Pictionary, author
  • Nick Vallelonga – 2x Academy Award winner and 2x Golden Globe winner for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture for “Green Book”
  • Harry Douglas IV – Former NFL Wide Receiver, U of L Alumni
  • Festus Ezeli – Former NBA player with Golden State Warriors
  • Bonnie-Jill Laflin – First female NBA scout, reporter, podcaster, and author
  • Michael Colyar – comedian and actor
  • Dee Dee Sorvino – Television personality & host of podcast “Drinks with Dee”
  • Jean Cruguet – Former Triple Crown winner on Seattle Slew
  • Larry Demeritte – First black trainer to qualify for the Kentucky Derby
  • Numerous other jockeys, many with Derby Mounts
  • Others to be announced…

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Performances by:

  • Richie Sambora – American musician, singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead guitarist, songwriter and co-founder of the rock band Bon Jovi
  • Marc Martel – Vocalist in “Bohemian Rhapsody” along with Freddie Mercury & Rami Malek
  • Treach of Naughty by Nature – 4x Grammy Award-winning lead rapper of Naughty by Nature
  • MAJOR. – 2018 Grammy Award Nominee, American soul, R&B singer-songwriter
  • Skip Martin – Grammy winner, Kool & The Gang + Dazz Band
  • John Elefante – Grammy-winning former lead singer of Kansas
  • J.D. Shelburne – One of the fastest-rising national country music stars
  • The Louisville Crashers – The best party band
  • DJ 2nd Nature
  • Youth Choir from Holy Spirit School directed by Susan Johnston and Lacy Williams– Mixed Grade Youth Choir

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VIPS/Celebrities with local ties:

  • Mario Urrutia – Former NFL wide receiver
  • Kentucky Derby Festival Court
  • Madalyne Kinnett – Miss Kentucky USA 2023
  • MeShyia Bradshaw – Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2023
  • Mackenzie Shutt – Miss Ohio USA 2023
  • Dr. Ajmal Zemmar – Physician-scientist specializing in epilepsy and functional neurosurgery at U of L. Featured in documentary “After Death”
  • Chris Blandford – Kroger bourbon expert
  • Shannon Burton – Former Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition finalist; Victoria’s Secret social media model influencer
  • Ethan the Dog – Compassion ambassador
  • Heather French Henry – Former Miss America
  • Akoy Agau – Former UofL basketball player
  • The McFarlands – Social media entertainers
  • Valerie Combs – Pioneering U of L women’s basketball player
  • Michael Bush –Former NFL running back, U of L standout
  • Geneo Riley – Former NFL tight end; President of NFLPA Retired Players
  • Bilal Powell – Former NFL running back
  • Tonya York/Tammy York – Co-Founders, Unbridled Eve Derby Gala

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