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Frankie Ballard to headline Derby Eve party

Frankie Ballard is set to headline the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala in Louisville.
Photo by Jason Merritt

This week the talk is all about the Kentucky Derby. Along with the Kentucky Derby are the Derby Eve parties. One of those parties is the Unbridled Eve Gala that has featured country music artists to headline the event. This year's talent is no exception to great entertainment.

Chart topping country music singer-songwriter Frankie Ballard and American Idol winner Kris Allen will headline the third annual Unbridled Eve Gala. The event will also feature performances by Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. and The Louisville Crashers. It will be emceed by CNN's Robin Meade and Derby enthusiast Nick Ferrara.

Named an Official Kentucky Derby Event, Unbridled Eve Gala will take place in the beautifully renovated Grand Ballroom of the Galt House Hotel & Suites in downtown Louisville. The event kicks off on Friday, May 2, from 7:00 p.m. and lasts until 1:30 a.m. The exclusive star-studded gala draws local and national business leaders, horse racing industry professionals, and celebrities in film, television, music, comedy, and sports.

"We are thrilled to be able to present the Third Annual Unbridled Eve Gala, an Official Kentucky Derby Event. We are so grateful to our sponsors, celebrity guests, and amazing volunteers who help us to raise awareness and make it possible for us to give to so many worthwhile charities and organizations," stated hosts and sisters, Tonya York Dees and Tammy York Day.

This year's celebrities attendees include Ice-T and Coco, Beth Behrs, Patrick Warburton, Michael Gladis, Jason Patric, Mark Sanchez, Warren Moon, Bob Guiney, Scott Grimes, Phil Hellmuth, Jonathan Kite, Fred Noe, Kenny Walker, Gary Gruver, Nora Roberts, Chris Canty, Luke Hancock, Jean Cruguet, Rick Dees, Scott Grimes, Rob Angel, Kelly Anne Beile, Jennifer Hoffman, Destin Kincer, Katy Moody, Brandy Neeley, Damaris Phillips, Alex Reymundo, Christian Kame, and Todd Lowe.

For the third year in a row, the primary beneficiary of the Unbridled Eve Gala is Blessings in a Backpack, a 501 C (3) non-profit organization that currently feeds nearly 65,000 children in 680 schools in 45 states. The unique program feeds a child in the program for an entire year for only $100, providing support for elementary school children whose families qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Price Meal program and who have minimal food on weekends. The program’s success has been measured in better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health and increased school attendance.

Another new beneficiary is “Stand Up For Gus,” an organization founded by actor Jason Patric, who will be one of Unbridled’s celeb guests this year. Additional beneficiaries include the Les Turner ALS Foundation, Winter HAYven (founded by Lori Dougherty whose horse, Ride On Curlin with jockey Calvin Borel, will race in the Derby on May 3rd), Kentucky State Police/Trooper Island Inc., Operation Homefront and Neighborhood House.

To purchase tickets, visit and click on “purchase ticket” or call 502-894-9768 or email Tickets are $500 and an after 10pm “dance only” option is available.

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