2017 Derby Eve Gala


Louisville’s most elegant and fun Derby event for entertaining is the American Lung Association’s Derby Eve Gala. The 2017 Gala will be held on Friday, May 5 in the Medallion Ballroom of the beautiful and historic Seelbach Hilton Hotel, right in the heart of downtown Louisville.

The Derby Eve Gala was originated and organized by Joyce King Jennings, who introduced the party into the Kentucky Derby scene in 1995. From year one, the Gala was a tremendous success — a posh event in an elegant setting, with fabulous food, lavish décor and spectacular, electrifying entertainment. The Derby Eve Gala has entertained corporate VIP’s and dignitaries from all over the world. It is the most impressive party for hosting Derby guests in elegance and style; and it is the perfect occasion for companies to entertain friends or clients, while linking their names with a first class, stellar event!

Tables of Ten may be reserved for $3,000.

In addition to corporate attendees, the Gala attracts many individual couples and groups from all across the country. Individual reservations may be made for $300 per person.

Proceeds from the Derby Eve Gala benefit the American Lung Association. Contributions help fund important 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.