LOUISVILLE, Ky. (NEWS RELEASE) -- Two jockeys riding in the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday and identical twins who appear on "Storage Wars" will spend their Friday evening walking the red carpet at The Julep Ball, this Friday (May 3) at the KFC Yum! Center.
Known as the "Derby Eve Party with a Purpose," The Julep Ball is held annually on the evening before the Kentucky Derby and supports the work of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville. The event kicks off with a 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception, followed by dinner and a live auction at 8 p.m. Sony recording artist Angie Johnson will open the evening's entertainment at 9 p.m., followed by the World's Greatest Party Band, the B-52s. Dancing to music provided by DJ Ryan Foxx follows.
The event's full-evening tickets are sold out while the more plentiful, but going quickly, dance-only tickets are $150 per person. Dance-only tickets allow patrons to see the performances by Johnson and the B-52s and then enjoy the dancing. For further information and to buy tickets, go to The Julep Ball website, julepball.org.
Jon Court, who will ride Will Take Charge in the Derby, and Rafael Bajarano, on Overanalyze Saturday, will be at the Julep Ball. Court has more than 3,700 wins to his credit with lifetime earnings greater than $90 million. Bajarano posts fewer wins at 3,000 but higher lifetime earnings at more than $140 million.
The Harris Brothers, Mark and Matt, host "The TasteMakers" on the web radio channel L.A. TalkRadio and have made a career in providing gift items for celebrity "swag" at events such as the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and more. Most recently, they've been seen on the A&E reality series, "Storage Wars."
The four join a roster of Julep Ball celebrities from cinema, television, music, sports and medicine, including:
-- The B-52s, who will turn the Yum Center into the "Love Shack"
-- Conrad Bachman, film and television actor and founder of Louisville's International Festival of Film
-- Tiki Barber, NFL legend, former New York Giant, now CBS Sports Radio broadcaster
-- Big Brother 14 Cast with: Mike Malin. Ashley Locco, Janelle Pierzina, Frank Eudy and Louisville's favorite housemate, Wil Heuser
-- Dr. Jeff Bumpous, the 2013 James Graham Brown Cancer Center Physician of the Year
--Dr. Brad Chaires, the 2013 James Graham Brown Cancer Center Scientist of the Year
-- Claudia Coffey, Emmy-winning reporter/anchor at WHAS11 News
-- Gunnar Deatherage, Louisville's own who made his mark on "Project Runway," Seasons 9 and 10
-- Stephanie Decker, survivor of the 2012 Henryville tornadoes whose inspiring story has been featured on "Ellen," "Good Morning America" and more
-- Heather French Henry, fashion designer, Miss America 2000 and the creator of the gown worn at the Ball by Asia Ludlow, the 2013 Julep Ball Survivor Ambassador
--Angie Johnson, Sony singer/songwriter; you know her from Team Cee-Lo on "The Voice"
--The Kentucky Derby Royal Court, five accomplished college students representing our city and state with grace and charm
--Carson Kressley, Emmy-winning television star for "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," stylist, author and fashion designer
--Asia Ludlow, the 2013 Julep Ball Survivor Ambassador who has beaten cancer once and is showing us all how to face it once again with courage and hope
--Dr. Donald Miller, the director of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at UofL
--Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan, the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
--President James R. Ramsey of the University of Louisville
-- Keith Robinson, actor and singer; he was outstanding in "Dreamgirls"
--Smokey Robinson, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/producer and Motown legend
--Jai Rodriguez, actor, singer, dancer and culture guide on the Emmy-winning "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"
--J.D. Shelburne, Nashville recording artist known for his single, "Farmboy"
--Christian Siriano, the oh-so-fierce winning fashion designer of "Project Runway," Season 4
The Julep Ball is sponsored in part by Brown-Forman, Power Creative, Kroger, LG&E, Ingrid Design, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, The Event Company, KentuckyOne Health, Raymond E. and Eleanor H. Loyd, Republic National Distributing Company of Kentucky, University of Louisville Hospital, AT&T Kentucky, Blue Grass Motorsport, BKD, Crothall Healthcare, Dixie Properties, Heuser Clinic, Hilliard Lyons, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Montgomery Chevrolet, Republic Bank, Stites and Harbison and Wyatt Tarrant & Combs. Media partners are Louisville Magazine, NFocus, the Voice-Tribune, WHAS11 and 102.3 The Max.
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