Celebrity Day at the Downs

Kentucky Derby Festival’s annual Thurby celebration took place on May 2 at Churchill Downs’ Millionaires Row. The day gave friends and fans of the festival a chance to mix and mingle with some of the weekend’s biggest stars while watching some of the day’s most exciting races. The Voice was proud to serve as a media sponsor of the glamorous event.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington and Andrea Hutchinson

Louisville Urban League Derby Gala

The Louisville Urban League hosted its annual Derby Gala at the Louisville Marriott Downtown on May 1. A good time was had by all thanks to the entertainment of 11-time Grammy Award winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. All proceeds from the event benefited the Louisville Urban League as they continue raising awareness and funds for programs that assist African Americans and marginalized individuals in attaining social and economic equality.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington


The Ice House Downtown hosted the 11th annual Jocktails at the Derby on May 1. Guests at the event enjoyed delicious cocktails served by celebrated jockeys and music from Phil Kelly and DJ K-Dogg. All tips from the event went to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, which works to provide financial assistance to former jockeys who have received catastrophic on-track injuries.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

100 Black Men of Louisville Gala

On May 2, 100 Black Men of Louisville hosted their annual fundraising bash at the C2 Event Venue. Actor and comedian Joe Torry served as the master of ceremonies, and entertainment throughout the night was provided by Maestro J, Monique Roberts and After 7.

Photos by Frankie Steele

Bourbon and Beef

Volare Ristorante celebrated Derby week with a mouth-watering event on May 1. The menu included Maker’s Mark tastings and cocktails paired with bourbon-inspired Certified Angus Beef dishes crafted by award-winning chef Joshua Moore.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Biscuits & Bourbon

Held on May 1 at the Kentucky Derby Museum, Biscuits and Bourbon was the perfect experience to kickoff race week. Attendees enjoyed the biscuit bar, featuring Kentucky Proud local products with a southern spin. They were also treated to unlimited bourbon, mimosas and Bloody Marys while listening to live music.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Kentucky Derby Trainers’ Dinner

Jill Byrne and Paul Rogers hosted this annual dinner for the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders at the Hyatt Regency on April 30. Guests enjoyed dinner and cocktails in support of The Backside Learning Center and the Healing Place Lifestyle Program of Churchill Downs.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Awards in the Arts

Hosted by Fund for the Arts and Churchill Downs, this dynamic evening took place on April 27. Guests at the event celebrated this year’s advancements in art and the artists themselves with an award ceremony, presentations and performances throughout the race track.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

The Voice of Louisville May Launch Party

Work the Metal hosted The Voice’s latest launch party on the evening of April 25. Guests enjoyed cocktails and treats from the Wine Bar, Scarlet’s Bakery, Cellar Door Chocolates and Moss Hill Bath & Body Collection.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Kentucky Derby Museum Gala

On April 26, the Kentucky Derby Museum hosted its 33rd annual gala at the Mansion at Churchill Downs. Attendees enjoyed a seated dinner and live entertainment from the Celebrity All Star Band while celebrating the start of Derby Week. The Gala Post Party included bourbon tastings, a cigar bar, dessert stations throughout the museum’s exhibits and more.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Horses, Hats & Harmony

Harmony Landing was the site of Big Spring Country Club’s exclusive annual Derby party on April 27. Members mingled among exquisite culinary displays and a special bourbon bar and were entertained by live music from the Company Band.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Great Balloon Glow

Part of the BB&T Great BalloonFest, this spectacular event took place on April 26 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Those in attendance witnessed as the balloons glowed against the night sky and had the chance to talk to the balloon pilots prior to the following morning’s race.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington