Taio Cruz performs at the 20th Annual Race to Erase MS Event “Love to Erase MS” at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Friday, May 3, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)




Louisville, KY (May 5, 2017)— Celebrities from film, television, music, comedy and sports, horse racing industry professionals, and local and national business leaders, gathered tonight for the always highly anticipated sixth Annual Unbridled Eve Gala, an Official Kentucky Derby Event. (*full list of celebrity attendees below)

From the world-class cocktail reception featuring 19 specialty cocktails to dinner, dancing, live musical performances, and a spectacular silent auction, Unbridled Eve truly offers the best in Southern hospitality, elegance and entertainment.


American country artist, Grammy-Award nominee, and former contestant on The VoiceBilly Gilman kicked off the musical performances for the evening followed by all-female country group Farewell Angelina, which features four powerhouse vocalists, dynamic songwriters and multi-instrumentalists.

Next to take the stage was former “Kansas” lead singer, John Elefante who sang classic hits such as Point of “No Return,” “Dust in the Wind,” “Cold as Ice,” and “Wayward Son.” Wally Palmar, lead singer of The Romantics followed Elefante’s lead kicking off his set with “Talking in Your Sleep,” “Rock You Up,” and “What I Like About You.” 

Guests packed the dance floor as three-time Billboard Award winner, Taio Cruz performed his hits, “Dynamite” and “Break Your Heart” followed by a set of throwbacks from headliner Morris Day & The Time including the hit “Jungle Love.” 

To close the night, Unbridled Eve regulars Robin Meade, Bob Guiney, JD Shelburne, John Elefante, Wally Palmar, and Farewell Angelina took the stage for an all-star jam. 


Since its inception in 2012, the Unbridled Charitable Foundation, Inc. has supported 31 charities with $1,626,108 in both direct proceeds from the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala and additional funding received due to exposure gained in conjunction with the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala. The Unbridled Charitable Foundation, Inc® and Unbridled Eve® were founded by Tonya York Dees and Tammy York Day. 

The two primary beneficiaries for tonight’s Unbridled Eve Gala are Blessings in a Backpack and Fund for the Arts, both 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.  Additionally, the Animal Care Society, APRON, Inc., Down Syndrome of Louisville, Jefferson Community and Technical College Student Emergency Fund, Kentucky Natural Lands Trust,Kentucky State Police Trooper Island Camp, Louisville Dental Society Mobile Dental Van, Metro United Way,Miracle League of Louisville, Inc., Operation Homefront, SOS International dba Supplies Over Seas, Super Student Athletes, USA Cares, WESTEC (The Blue House) and Winter HAYven will benefit.                  


Triple Crown Sponsors of the 2017 Unbridled Eve Derby Gala are Delta Dental of Kentucky and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Other sponsors include Cigna, Meijer, Churchill Downs, Inc., Galt House Hotel, Nora Roberts Foundation, Red 7e, Ronaldo Designer Jewelry, Inc., Wayne and Kathy Richards, YPO Dallas, Sun Tan City, Planet Fitness, and Barry Wooley Designs. Media partners include:  The Voice, Today’s Woman, Louisville Magazine, 102.3 The Max, 99.7 WDJX, and




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·       Morris Day and the Time

·       Taio Cruz

·       The Crashers

·       John Elefante (former lead singer of band Kansas)

·       Farewell Angelina

·       Wally Palmar (The Romantics)

·       Billy Gilman

·       DJ Envy


·         Mira Sorvino (Oscar-winning actress)

·         Paul Sorvino (actor, singer, writer)

·         Christopher Backus (actor)

·         Beau Bridges (three-time Emmy, two-time Golden Globe and one-time Grammy Award winning actor and director)

·         Wes Henderson (actor)

·         Victor Espinoza (2015 Triple Crown winner)

·         Jean Cruguet  (1977 Triple Crown winner)

·         Mario Gutierrez (Two-time Kentucky Derby winner, 2017 Derby Mount: Irap)

·         Mike Smith (Hall of Fame jockey, 2017 Derby Mount: Girvin)

·         Julien Leparoux (Eclipse Award-winning jockey, 2017 Derby Mount: Classic Empire)

·         Bob Guiney (actor, singer, talk show host)

·         Bonnie-Jill Laflin (sportscaster and scout for Los Angeles Lakers)

·         Robin Meade (Anchor, HLN Morning Express)

·         Warren Moon (Hall of Fame NFL Player)

·         Alex Reymundo (comedian and actor)

·         Chase Crawford (actor)

·         Conrad Bachmann (actor)

·         Nora Roberts (best-selling author)

·         J.D. Shelburne (Country Music Singer)

·         Bob Van Dillen (meteorologist, HLN Morning Express)

·         Jennifer Westhoven (reporter, HLN)

·         Bruce Wilder (photographer)

·         Luke Hancock (former U of L basketball star, NCAA MVP 2013)

·         David Levitch, Jr. (former U of L basketball star)

·         Joe Johnson (former NFL player)

·         Bilal Powell (NFL Player – NY Jets)

·         Justin Rose (professional golfer, Olympic gold medalist)

·         Mario Urrutia (former U of L football star and NFL player)

·       Teddy Abrams (musical director of the Louisville Orchestra)

·       Mark “OZ” Geist (Benghazi hero, co-author book, 13 Hours)

·       Fred McGriff (Baseball player)

·       Jeff Johnston (Jockey’s Guild)

·       Dallas Robinson (Olympic Bobsledder)

·       Bill Samuels, Jr. (former president, Maker’s Mark)

·       Rob Samuels (COO, Maker’s Mark)

·       Fred Noe (Master Distiller, Jim Beam)

·       Freddie Noe (Jim Beam)

·       Ruby Lewis (Cirque du Soleil Paramour star, Kentucky native)

·       Jennifer Fowler (winner, Amazing Race)

·       Katy Moody Cusick (Miss Kentucky United States 2014)

·       Stephanie Ramos (Miss Kentucky United States 2017)

·       Bill Carstanjen (CEO, Churchill Downs)

·       Chelsea Valois (Canadian Olympic bobsledder)


·           Tonya York Dees and Tammy York Day (Hosts and Co-Founders, Unbridled Eve Gala)

·           Ben Jackey (Unbridled Eve Gala Red Carpet)

·           Julie Smith (Unbridled Eve Gala Red Carpet)

·           Nick Ferrara (Unbridled Eve Gala Emcee)

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