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ARCHIVE: KENTUCKY DERBY LIFESTYLE 2017

LIFESTYLE 

Over the years, throughout our travels,

Jerry and I’ve been blessed to not only experience

the beautiful sights and adventures of the many amazing places we visited,

but the joy of meeting many wonderful individuals, some of whom we now call friends.

This page is a tribute to all of those special memories!…

and some of the fun and exciting events we are so, fortunately, able to attend.

 

LAST STOP ON THE TRIPLE CROWN…NYC!  

THE BELMONT STAKES!

 

Visiting my handsome hubby on the NBC set…

Enjoying the races with the other handsome Bailey,..

my son Justin!

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SECOND STOP ON THE TRIPLE CROWN TRAIL…

BALTIMORE FOR THE PREAKNESS…

Our annual dinner at the sumptuous RUSTY SCUPPER

overlooking the beautiful Baltimore Harbor!

DERBY FEVER!

Jerry and I have attended many of the parties mentioned below…but for the past few years we grab a late night dinner at Jeff Ruby’s Steak House.  

 Great Food, and always a fun place to catch up with lots of our racing friends.   As for the Party scene…my favorite over the years was the Barnstable Brown party.  The Barnstable Brown’s really know how to throw a party!  It is amazing!  And over the past decade, the gala has donated $13 million

for diabetes research to the 

University of Kentucky’s Barnstable Brown

Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center.

Jerry had a great time filming these commercials…

Jason Day is wonderful!

 Funny and so gracious with all of his fans.  

 He’s got 2 new fans rooting for him!

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2017 Celebrity Kentucky Derby Parties That Will No Doubt Feature Odd Collections Of Stars

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Being born and raised in Miami, the Kentucky Derby was not exactly an annual event that was on my radar. But as I got older, I realized that the Derby was a hugely celebrated American tradition and it was full of amazing things like pastel color-coordinated outfits, massive hats, and mint juleps. (Oh yeah, and there is a horse race, too.) Another huge element of the annual Kentucky Derby is the social aspect of it all. People flock to Louisville for Derby weekend to shmooze and be seen, and these 2017 celebrity Kentucky Derby parties are just the spots to check out if you’re wanting to see what stars and socialites are up to.

Since I am not exactly a racing fan, I am in the group of people that would be in Louisville to do some serious party hopping and celebrity spotting. Clearly, though, the Derby parties are a very big deal and they span throughout most of Derby week.

If you happen to be at the Derby this year (or next year, or whenever — the parties stay pretty consistent) or just following along with the fun online, here are some of the Kentucky Derby parties that host a hefty amount of celebs.

Unbridled Eve Gala

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The 7th annual Unbridled Eve Gala will be held on May 5 at the grand ballroom at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville. A majority of the proceeds from the gala go to Blessings In A Backpack, an organization which provides needy elementary school students with food, and another 16 nonprofits will also benefit. According to Louisville Business First, some of the celebrities in the 2017 lineup will reportedly include Sharon Stone, Selma Blair, Mira Sorvino, and Beau Bridges.

Barnstable Brown Gala

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The Barnstable Brown Gala is thrown at the home of Patricia Barnstable Brown on the night of May 5. For the 2017 gala, WDRB lists the celebrity list of attendees, including Tom Brady, Tracy Morgan, Justin Hartley, Aaron Rodgers, and music by Harry Connick, Jr., Kacey Musgraves, Boyz II Men, and many more. According to the Courier-Journal, over the past decade the gala has donated $13 million for diabetes research to the University of Kentucky’s Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center.

Esquire Derby Gala

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Esquire is hosting a gala at the 21c Museum Hotel on May 5. Food will be provided by chef Mike Wajda, and according to WDRB, the celebrity lineupreportedly includes Adrian Grenier, Bobby Flay, Kimbra, Ray J, and more. I have to say, that is one motley crew of attendees. While most of these parties are already sold out, VIP tickets for this gala still seem to be available for $650. If your wallet isn’t ready for that commitment, you can always check out the photos online over the weekend.

Fillies & Stallions

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The Fillies & Stallions party is so exclusive, they don’t even sell tickets. According to WDRB, to attend the party you need to be invited. Essentially, you need to be somebody to attend. According to the official site, the party is very secretive about its celebrity guest list, but past attendees have included Ashton Kutcher, Nick Lachey, Vanessa Manillo, and Joey Fatone.

The Trifecta

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Former NBA basketball player and Louisville businessman Junior Bridgeman is getting in on the Derby party action with his inaugural party called The Trifecta. The gala will be hosted by Sinbad at the Louisville Marriott East on May 5, and according to Louisville Business First, the invitation-only event will also include performances by Miguel and Jill Scott to benefit the West End School, a private school for at-risk young men.

If you didn’t get an exclusive invitation (you didn’t, did you?), you can always rock your big hat, check out pictures from the festivities online, and have your own Derby party, right?

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