The annual charity event benefits the V Foundation for Cancer Research, which was founded in 1993 by the late Jim Valvano, as well as Louisville’s West End School and the University of Louisville’s Autism Center. This is the 18th year that former NBA star and Louisville businessman Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman and his family — including his children, Eden, Justin and Ryan — have hosted a Kentucky Derby Eve party, each year raising funds for charities.
This year’s party was headlined by musical guest Usher and hosted by comedian Steve Harvey. Among the attendees who walked the red carpet were actor Chris Brown, actress Vivica A. Fox, singer Michelle Williams and celebrity chef Demaris Phillips.