Louisville, KY – Kick off Derby weekend in Style at Southern Gaming Magazine’s celebrity Derby party, Vegas in The Ville presented by Heaven Hill.

The star-studded event will be held at the Frazier History Museum on Thursday, May 2 and will benefit the Louisville chapter of Blessings in a Backpack. Guests will mix and mingle with Derby celebrities, enjoy a premium open bar, get down on the dance floor with music by DJ Ryan Coxx. or test their luck in the casino for great raffle items. The party also offers the chance to win big in Denny Crum & Robert Williamson III’s Celebrity Derby Poker Championship.

“This event has become one of the hottest parties of the Derby weekend,” Commented event producer and Southern Gaming publisher, G. Douglas Dreisbach. “Where else can you hang out with celebrities, enjoy premium cocktails, play blackjack or poker and listen to great music all for $100? It’s a steal!”

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Louisville chapter of Blessings in a Backpack, a non-profit group based in Louisville that provides food for children on the weekends during the school year. In Louisville alone, there are 64,000 children who are food insecure.

“Food insecurity is a real issue for over 60,000 children in our local community.” added Dreisbach. “It costs $100 to feed a child for a school year under the Blessings program and our goal is to fund an entire school from this event. If we can do that, and have a great party at the same time, we all win.”

Past celebrity attendees include Jennifer Tilly (Actress), Montel Williams (Television personality), William Fichtner (Actor), Nora Roberts (Best-selling author), Jane Seymour (Actress), Phil Hellmuth, Jr. (Poker pro), Robert Williamson III (Poker pro), Robby Albarado (Jockey) and other Derby jockeys and VIP’s over the years.

Tickets are $100 and include a premium open bar, light appetizers, casino-style gambling and more. The buy-in for Denny Crum & Robert Williamson III’s Celebrity Derby Poker Championship is $250 and includes your ticket to the party. Limited reserved tables are available for purchase, and sponsorship’s are also still available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit one.bidpal.net/vegas or call Blessings in a Backpack at 1-800-872-4366.

Special Thanks to our sponsors and partners! 

Heaven Hill Distilleries

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits


Davis Jewelers

Lamkin Wealth Management

Southern Gaming Magazine

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