Back by popular demand, “The Gala” is now officially on the Derby events schedule!
“The Gala” is an alternative to the much-anticipated Grand Gala Saturday night, an event canceled in the midst of a tough economy.
“The Gala” is a new star-studded event, designed to boost educational efforts throughout Kentuckiana.
Kevin Shurn, President of Superior Maintenance Co., based in Elizabethtown, has been an integral part of the Grand Gala, as a sponsor in the past.
Shurn emphasized, “I could not allow the Grand Gala to go away. It was created to benefit non-profit organizations in our community. I believe in education and what the Grand Gala stood for. I wanted to put something on the books that could keep this wonderful Derby celebration alive, while we raise monies for a great cause, keeping kids in school and setting them up for success!”
Shurn’s company, Superior Maintenance Co., will be a sponsor of the event.
“The Gala” will be held on Derby night at the Galt House.
Invited guests are Oscar-award winning actor Denzel Washington, NBA Legends, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, NBA star Alan Houston, Actresses Sandra Bullock and Halle Berry, NFL stars Terrell Owens, Deion Branch, Randy Moss, Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner, and NBA stars Lebron James, Dewayne Wade and Shaquille O’neal.
A confirmed list of guests is expected in the next two weeks.
In addition to the star power, on the night of the event, great business leaders will be honored. Toyota, Brown Forman and Humana will all receive awards for their exemplary efforts in our community.
Featured entertainment for “The Gala” will be the Average White Band (AWB), Shelia Ray Charles (daughter of the famous Ray Charles) and Stephanie Mills.
AWB is widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music. Though perhaps best known for their timeless mega-hit, “Play that Funky Music White Boy”, the band’s strength actually lay in their consistently accomplished song-writing, stretching across several gold-selling albums and multi Grammy nominations for the legendary Atlantic Records.
Comedian Jay Lamont will be the emcee.
Stephanie Mills began her career appearing in her first play at the age of 9.
In 1973, Mills' musical recording career was launched when she was signed to Paramount records. Producing great hits since 1979, like “What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin” and “Never Knew Love Like This Before”, Mills peaked in 1985, when her version of the Angela Winbush-penned "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love," hit #1 on the R&B singles chart.
Sponsors include: EON-US, Brown Forman, Bluegrass Insurance, Cintas and Bluegrass Brewing Co.
Beneficiaries of this year’s gala will be The University of Louisville, Kentucky State University, Jefferson County Public Schools Foundation, and DePaul School.
For more information, please visit our website at www.the-gala.com.