Press Release


JustFundKy Announces Details of Its Biggest Ever Derby Eve Party

“Gatsby – a Derby Eve to Remember,” Will Have Added Features, World-Class Entertainment

Lexington, KY – April 16, 2014 – JustFundKy today announced details and preparations for its increasingly popular Derby Eve party. The event, titled “Gatsby – a Derby Eve to Remember,” will take place Friday, May 2nd, and will be held at Lexington’s Grand Reserve at 903 Manchester Street in the Distillery District. Doors will open at 8:00PM.

The event benefits JustFundKy, a non-profit fund supporting awareness, understanding and equal rights for Kentucky’s LGBT community.

Tickets, which include dinner, drinks and a full evening of dancing and entertainment, are $125 for advance sales and $150 at the door while supplies last.They can be purchased securely online here.

Lexington became world famous for its Derby Eve parties over the last 50 years, most often hosted by leading Kentucky horse racing families such as the Maddens and Whitneys. JustFundKy’s annual Derby Eve Party brings back to life that level of celebrity, charity giving and luxurious revelry. Watch this year’s JustFund Derby Eve party promotional video here.

JustFundKy Board President Hon. Ernesto Scorsone noted that “The JustFund Derby Eve Party is a wonderful way to celebrate both our heritage and our future. Held in a historic distillery, the Party celebrates 140 years of the Kentucky Derby and helps fund efforts to achieve equality for all Kentuckians. The party is open to all, and all JustFund grants are distributed here in the Commonwealth.”

Honorary Co-chairs for the 2014 event include Kentucky entrepreneurs, public servants and other leading citizens:

Jeff Fugate & Melody Flowers

Debra Hensley & Melissa LeBus Watt

Phil & Marnie Holoubek

Eric Patrick Marr

Hon. Pam Miller & Dr. Ralph Miller

Van Meter Pettit

Hon. Ernesto Scorsone & Mr. John Davis

Ben & Rebecca Self

Event sponsors include:

Ackerman Real Estate Services

Bingham McCutchen

Brenda & Marsha Moors Charles

Brown Forman

Columbia Gas of KY

Community Trust Bank

Creative Kitchen & Bath

CS Design

Debra Hensley’s Social Stimulus

Ernesto Scorsone & John Davis

Fifth Third Bank

Imperial Court Kentucky

Johnny Carino’s

PNC Bank

State Beauty Supply

University of Kentucky

Event Details

Doors will open at the Grand Reserve at 8:00PM on May 2nd. Attendees are encouraged to dress in Gatsby 1920’s attire. A full schedule of music, dancing and entertainment will include the following:

  • 8-9:30 Lexington’s own Hepcat Swing Dancers and the Walnut Street Ramblers
  • 9:30 – 10 Performances by Imperial Court
  • 10-1am DJ Joe Gauthreaux – NYC-based Gauthreaux is a celebrity DJ, with appearances around the world and whose remixes have reached #1 on the Billboard Dance Chart. His podcast is one of the most popular on iTunes. Check out his work at
  • Hors d’oevres and dinner will be catered by Bluegrass Catering
  • Buy tickets online at :

About Just Fund Kentucky

Founded in 2006, JustFundKy is a 501(c)(3) foundation with the dual mission of enhancing equality and opportunity through high-profile public events showcasing the positive contributions of Kentucky’s LGBT community and individuals, and by funding educational efforts of other organizations to increase awareness, understanding and equality of and for the LGBT community. To date, JustFund has has raised over $1 million, and will distribute nearly $40,000 in grants to 12 Kentucky non-profit organizations and programs in 2014. For more information go to