As if Derby Eve is not reason enough for celebration, this year will have your guests “dancing in the streets”, with the MAGIC OF MOTOWN as our theme!  The American Lung Association Gala is sponsored by Kindred Healthcare. The event at The Seelbach Hilton will begin at 8:00 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

 The Seelbach’s Medallion Ballroom décor will take you back to the Motown days, with “Burning Las Vegas” supplying the music from the Motown generation…                             

From start to finish, the Derby Eve Gala will be a first-class evening of entertainment featuring

●          delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails

●          a seated gourmet dinner with wine service  

●          a full-service open bar  

                              We are thrilled to feature three live auction items!

  • Win an exclusive invite to the press conference in the stable area the morning after the Derby, hear from the winning owner, trainer and of course, meet the winning Derby horse!
  • Experience the Indy time trials as guests of The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Verizon Indy Car Series team.  Join them in their garage and observe the team of mechanics and technicians prepare the cars, then it’s on to the pits with the team drivers and cars.
  • A Pappy Van Winkle Experience includes tasting three of the famous bourbons with Mr. Julian P. Van Winkle III, President of the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery. Enjoy a delectable dinner for 8 catered by Maureen Hartmann Executive Chef and owner of A Full Plate Catering.

               The highest bidder will be tasting:

  • 12 year, 90.4 proof, Van Winkle Special Reserve
  • 15 year 107 proof, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve
  • 20-year 90.4 proof, Pappy Van Winkle’s Reserve


Proceeds from the Gala benefit the American Lung Association in support of the fight against lung disease, the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Contributions help fund medical research, patient services, education and advocacy for public policy in support of the association’s mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

Planned for both corporate and private entertaining, the Derby Eve Gala is the party for dining and dancing in grand style, while partaking of Louisville's distinctive local charm in the one of the city’s most elegant and historic downtown hotels.

Companies are encouraged to organize one or more tables of business associates, friends or clients for a special evening of entertainment. The cost is $3,000 for a table of 10. Individual seats may be reserved at $300 per person.

For more information, call Joyce King Jennings at the American Lung Association of Kentucky (502) 363-2652 or (502) 640-1732 Cell.

Derby Eve Gala website at  

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