Announcing the 2024 Unbridled Eve Gala Entertainment and Celebrity Attendees

Unbridled releases the reins of Derby tradition!

(EZ Newswire)

LOUISVILLE, KY -- One night of celebration and long-lasting impact, the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala, held on Derby Eve, May 3, 2024, is an evening of southern grace, glamour, and hospitality with a charitable component. Held at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville, the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala will feature a red carpet entrance with celebrities, bourbon, amazing cocktails, new mocktail bar, southern-inspired food, musical entertainment, and dancing!

Unbridled is a unique experience unhindered by the limits of a typical Derby party. Our guests can engage with music however they like. Vibe with national recording artists in the Grand Ballroom, dance to your own beat with silent disco, or take to the microphone with Full Contact Karaoke.

The imagination is the only limit with our specialty bars. Gala-goers can taste Unbridled exclusive drinks and professional mixologists can create any number of other concoctions.

And Unbridled Eve celebrities aren't tethered to a VIP area away from everyone. They drink, dine, and dance with our guests...because one of our core principles is that ALL of our guests deserve the VIP experience.

In honor of the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby, the gala will be offering 150 spectacular and unique auction items, as well as 150 bourbons in the new bourbon pull. You must be present to participate in the Bourbon Pull. You do not need to be present to bid in the silent auction. Visit Unbridled Charitable Foundation – Unbridled Eve 2024 ( to learn more.

"The horses, the folks, the festivities, the elegance, and the special moments provided by the Unbridled Event, make Derby an unforgettable experience. To get to spend my birthday, on the 4th, at the Kentucky Derby is a great honor, and sure makes for a great birthday party! Thank you to the city of Louisville, the state of Kentucky, and the Yorks and their Unbridled team, for hosting us!" —Randy Travis, Grammy-winning country music artist 


  • 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 and 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 Crashers: The best party band
  • DJ 2nd Nature
  • Holy Spirit School Youth Choir directed by Susan Johnston and Lacy Williams: Mixed grade youth choir

 Celebrities / Musicians / VIPs

  • Rauw Alejandro: 2024 Grammy Award nominee and Puerto Rican singer-songwriter with 19.1M followers on Instagram, 2.7M followers on X, and 15.5M followers on TikTok
  • Chef Edward Lee: Award-winning chef and author
  • Randy Travis: Grammy-winning country music artist
  • Dean Norris: Actor from “Breaking Bad” and “Under the Dome”
  • Mike Mills: Co-founder, co-lead singer R.E.M.
  • Lisa Leslie: Former WNBA player and Olympic gold medalist
  • Warren Moon: NFL Hall of Famer
  • Madison Marsh: Miss America 2024 and active-duty U.S. Air Force officer
  • Hanley House: Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2024
  • John Schneider: "The Dukes of Hazzard"; “The Masked Singer”
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: Former NBA player and University of Kentucky standout
  • Johnny Edwards: Second lead singer of Foreigner
  • Bob Guiney: “The Bachelor” and talk show host 
  • Aron Haddad: Actor and professional wrestler
  • Conrad Bachmann: Actor and founder of the Louisville Film Arts Institute
  • Rob Angel: Founder of Pictionary and 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 amd University of Louisville alumnus
  • 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 and 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

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 University of Louisville; featured in documentary "After Death"
  • Chris Blandford: Kroger bourbon expert
  • Shannon Burton: Former Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition finalist and Victoria’s Secret social media model influencer
  • Ethan the Dog: Compassion ambassador
  • Heather French Henry: Former Miss America
  • Akoy Agau: Former University of Louisville basketball player
  • The McFarlands: Social media entertainers
  • Valerie Combs: Pioneering University of Louisville women’s basketball player
  • Michael Bush: Former NFL running back and University of Louisville standout
  • Geneo Riley: Former NFL tight end and President of NFLPA Retired Players
  • Bilal Powell: Former NFL running back
  • Tonya York and Tammy York: Co-Founders of Unbridled Eve Derby Gala

Tickets and Contacts

To purchase tickets, visit or call (502) 894-9768. For media inquiries and credentialing requests, visit

Specialty Bars

Angel’s Envy, Copper and Kings, Campari America, Castle & Key, Monkey Shoulder Whisky, Milagro Tequila, Hendrick’s Gin, Penelope Bourbon, Yellowstone Bourbon, Off Hours, Handmade Vodka, Peerless, Whiskey Thief, Old Limestone, and Kentucky Straight Ice.


Kathy and Wayne Richards, Prestige AV & Creative Services, Angel’s Envy, Churchill Downs, The Al J. Schneider Company, Galt House Hotel, Home Depot Foundation, Dillard’s, Nora Roberts Foundation, Harley-Davidson of Louisville, and BMW Motorcycles of Louisville.


Barry Wooley Designs, Cambium Marketing, Distilled Living, dRae Media, East End Living, El Toro IP Targeting, Greater Louisville Inc., The Jockeys’ Guild, Inc., Kentucky Derby Official Event, Mac in a Snap, Millennium Events & Floral, Prospect Living, Quint Events, Ronaldo Designer Jewelry, Shirley’s Way, United Direct Solutions, V.G. Reed & Sons, Inc., and York Management, Inc. 

About Unbridled Charitable Foundation

Unbridled Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. We support multiple charities, including Blessings in a Backpack, which provides food to school children on the weekends. We also connect sponsors and attendees directly with Unbridled Eve charities they have an interest in supporting. In 2023, we donated to 15 charities including Alley Cat Advocates, APRON, Inc., ElderServe, Feeding Tampa Bay, Hildegard House, KY Humane Society, KY State Police Trooper Island Camp, Medella House, Inc., Miracle League of Louisville, Roo’s Wish, Second Stride, Inc., Super Student Athletes, Sycamore Farm KY, Inc., Winter HAYven, and our primary beneficiary, Blessings in a Backpack.

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Media Contact

Soozie Eastman
+1 502-819-4139


SOURCE: Unbridled Charitable Foundation

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