Nonprofit News

Unbridled Charitable Foundation, Inc. Recognizes 16 Charities with Proceeds from Derby Eve Gala

Event has raised more than $2.2 million for local and national charities.

The Unbridled Charitable Foundation, Inc. recently hosted a celebration of the 2017 gifts made to 16 nonprofit organizations at the Galt House Hotel, the home of the 2018 Unbridled Eve Derby Gala.

“Tammy and I, as well as the over 100 Unbridled Eve Derby Gala planning committee members and volunteers, are thrilled to be able to publicly recognize and acknowledge our primary beneficiaries and our 14 additional charity beneficiaries. Individually, we can each do a little but when we all come together and share our talents, we can do amazing things,” said Tonya York Dees, co-founder of the Unbridled Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Blessings in a Backpack and the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at the Fund for the Arts were the primary beneficiaries from last year’s event. Since its inception in 2012, the Unbridled Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization founded by Dees and her sister Tammy York Day, has supported more than 30 charities with over $2.2 million in both direct proceeds from the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala and additional funding received from exposure in conjunction with the event. In addition, several of the charities received many direct donations through national media exposure.

“Blessings in a Backpack is blessed to be a beneficiary of the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala. Since 2012, the money donated by Unbridled Eve has provided 76,000 hunger-free weekends for kids across the nation, including Roosevelt Perry Elementary School in Louisville. It introduced us to one of our national partners – and largest donors – and helped put Blessings in a primetime spotlight, as Unbridled Eve celebrity guest and friend Robin Meade featured Blessings in a Backpack as her charity for CNN’s Champions for Change,” said Nikki Grizzle, Blessings in a Backpack chief marketing officer.

The 2017 gala beneficiaries included Animal Care Society, APRON, Inc., Blessings in a Backpack, Down Syndrome of Louisville, Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at the Fund for the Arts, Jefferson Community & Technical Foundation, Kentucky Natural Lands Trust, Kentucky State Police Trooper Island Camp, Metro United Way, Miracle League of Louisville, Inc., Operation Homefront, SOS International DBA Supplies Over Seas, Super Student Athletes, USA Cares, WESTEC (The Blue House) and Winter HAYven.

The 2018 Unbridled Eve Derby Gala, an official Kentucky Derby event, will be held at 7 p.m. May 4 at the Galt House Hotel Grand Ballroom. Tickets can be purchased at www.unbridledeve.com/tickets.

Maryhurst’s Raffle for the Roses Gives Derby Fans the Chance to Win the Derby Experience of a Lifetime

Proceeds raised benefit Maryhurst, Louisville’s oldest child welfare non-profit. Visit rafflefortheroses.com to enter.

The second-annual Raffle for the Roses is an online raffle that gives Derby fans the chance to  experience the Kentucky Derby or the Kentucky Oaks like an A-list celebrity while helping children in crisis. 

The Kentucky Oaks and Derby represent two days of the very best of Kentucky’s Southern hospitality, history and excitement. But when the excitement of the races is over, the trauma of our children is still present, all 365 days a year. Maryhurst is there to care every day, giving children hope and providing healing through a continuum of innovative and specialized care. 

Enter for a chance to win two packages:

The Champion Package (for four) to the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 4

Enjoy Kentucky Oaks Day race-viewing from Millionaires Row Level 6 at Louisville, Kentucky’s historic Churchill Downs, designer hats and much more. Each raffle ticket is $100. Total prize package value is $3,622.

The Legend Package (for four) to the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 5

Enjoy Friday’s glamorous Unbridled Eve Derby Gala, Kentucky Derby-day tickets in Millionaires Row Level 6, access to the Churchill Downs red carpet, designer Derby hats and more. Each raffle ticket is $200. Total prize package value is $8,447.

Visit rafflefortheroses.com to purchase a ticket. A live drawing will be held to announce the winners on April 18, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Churchill Downs. The drawing will also simultaneously be viewable as a live feed on Maryhurst’s Facebook page.

About the beneficiary: Founded in 1843, Maryhurst is the oldest nonprofit in the state of Kentucky serving kids and families facing crisis. Driven by a belief in children’s inherent worth and the strength of family relationships, Maryhurst offers healing through a specialized continuum of care that prevents abuse, restores hope, and empowers survivors of trauma. Programs include individual and family counseling; psychiatric and campus-based residential treatment for girls; therapeutic foster care and adoption; and community-based transitional living services. Maryhurst is the first agency in the state to fully adopt the trauma-informed care philosophy, and it remains the only residential nonprofit capable of caring for adolescent girls diagnosed as severely traumatized by abuse.

For more information, visit www.maryhurst.org or contact Patrick Boardman, Maryhurst Director, Marketing & Communications at 502.271.4546 or pboardman@maryhurst.org