Derby Eve party releases celebrity guest list

April 20, 2011 

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 picture, Miranda Lambert announces nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, Larry McCormack)

LARRY MCCORMACK — ASSOCIATED PRESS

Country star Miranda Lambert tops the lists of celebrities who will be attending the 2011 Barnstable-Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala in Louisville.

Lambert, whose star has been steadily rising the past few years, will be joined by Kentucky natives and fellow country stars Wynonna Judd and Montgomery Gentry. Also coming in from Music City will be LeeAnn Womack; Kix Brooks, formerly of Brooks and Dunn; and Travis Tritt.

As with every year, the list, released Tuesday morning by party co-host Patricia Barnstable-Brown, includes celebrities from music, film, sports and reality TV. And there are perennial guests such as singer Taylor Dayne, hip-hop pioneer DMC of Run DMC, former N'Sync member Joey Fatone, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Winter Olympics star Bode Miller, chart-topping group Boyz II Men and Nick Lachey with his fiancée, Vanessa Minnillo.

Barnstable-Brown is also bringing back former University of Kentucky basketball stars DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson, along with Coach John Calipari.

Joining them will be numerous other athletes including Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and and NFL quarterback legends Terry Bradshaw, formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers and now at Fox Sports, and current New England Patriots QB Tom Brady. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn and figure skater Johnny Weir are also coming. ESPN's Erin Andrews will be in the house.

Making her first trip to the gala will be Kate Plus 8 star Kate Gosselin. Also making their BSB debut will be teen heartthrobs Kevin and Nick Jonas of Jonas Brothers. Sports Illustrated swimsuit and Victoria's Secret model Marissa Miller and fellow supermodel Niki Taylor will also be on the red carpet.

Law & Order: SVU star Christopher Meloni will be there along with original Law & Order star and former presidential candidate Fred Thompson.

Music is always a big part of the party, so in addition to Lambert, Judd and the others, party attendees and people standing around the gates are likely to hear Salt-n-Pepa and Freddie Jackson.

The party, to be May 6, will be the 23rd edition of the gala hosted by Barnstable-Brown and her sister Priscilla Barnstable. The gala is a fund-raiser for the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Research Center at the University of Kentucky. Last year's edition raised $1 million.

RICH COPLEY

rcopley@herald-leader.com

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