Just before the Kentucky Derby begins, the Barnstable Brown Gala will prove to be the best party in town. For its 26th year event, the guest list is, well, impressive.
WDRB reports on a celebrity cavalcade that will soon descend upon the Highlands mansion owned by Patricia Barnstable Brown on Friday.
First, let's just concentrate on the athletes who will stop by the celebrity gala that goes a long way to raising money for the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Research Center at the University of Kentucky.
Tom Brady, perhaps you've heard of him, will be in the house along with fellow NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
That isn't nearly all, because Wes Welker, Randall Cobb, Vince Wilfork, Jason Dufner (sans chewing tobacco?), Kris Humphries, Bode Miller, Charissa Thompson from Fox Sports and more will be enjoying a star-studded affair.
If you like people watching, this seems to be the place to do it. Although, you can only get in by invite only, which doesn't really explain Humphries.
Stars outside the sports world include the likes of Gene Simmons, Richie Sambora, Boyz II Men, Salt-N-Pepa, Travis Tritt and more.
As we mentioned, it's all for a great cause, and we aren't talking about toasting to another successful Kentucky Derby. WDRB reports the gala raised about $9.6 million over the last eight years for diabetes research.
The Courier-Journal's Kirby Adams reports on the various parties peculiarly set up by sisters around Louisville.
What you may not know is that two other Derby parties have sister teams running the show.
Ferdinand's Ball, which takes place Thursday night at the Muhammad Ali Center, is hosted by Kim Boyle and her sister Aimee Boyle Wulfeck. The Unbridled Eve, held Friday night, is hosted by Tonya York Deesand her sister Tammy York Day.
It seems if you have a sister and the means, you throw a fantastic party prior to Saturday's festivities.
Barnstable Brown spoke with Kirby Adams on the guest list, which includes Kings of Leon: "I love their music; they are edgy, hip, hot and young."
Barnstable Brown continues with what seems like the description to just your average karaoke night: "It's not just one star up on stage performing for the evening, it's the whole guest list taking turns performing solo or pulling each other up on stage to sing together."
Only, this isn't just your average party. It's a mansion soiree like no other, featuring some familiar faces from sport, music and other realms of pop culture.
Here is a glimpse of last year's gala:
At 26 years and counting, the party will more than likely continue, and the list will only get more lavish and extraordinary.
The gala all dissolves into the next day, which is a party all to itself. Nursing some interesting anecdotes and presumed hangovers, these celebs will then get to enjoy two of the greatest minutes in sports.
It seems that the best hours in partying, however, begin well before Saturday, in the home of a pair of sisters who have quite the epic guest list.
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