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Reality stars, Miss America among celebrity guests for Julep Ball

Proceeds benefit the James Graham Brown Cancer Center

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 21, 2014) — Some of America’s most popular reality stars will join bright talents from the world of music, television and film at the 2014 Julep Ball.

The premier Derby Eve Party with a Purpose, The Julep Ball is held annually on the evening before the Kentucky Derby and supports the work of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville. The May 2 event at the KFC Yum! Center kicks off with a 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception, followed by dinner and a live auction at 8 p.m.

Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri
Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri

An official event of the 140th Kentucky Derby, The Julep Ball provides a celebrity-studded night to remember with a multi-course seated dinner, a knock-your-socks-off auction, multiple open specialty bars, complimentary valet parking, and dancing until the wee hours of Derby morning. Tickets to The Julep Ball sell out early each year. The full evening’s entertainment is $600 per person, $5,000 for a table of 10, and $100 per person for dance-only tickets. For further information and to buy tickets, go to The Julep Ball website, julepball.org.

This year’s celebrity guests from the world of entertainment include:

Danielle Gregorio: Star of ‘The Real Housewives of Orange County’

Danielle Gregorio is a wife and mother to three children, residing in Villa Park, Calif. She is the co-owner and principal designer of Danielle Kaye Design Studio, a boutique interior design firm located in Orange County, Calif. Most recently, Gregorio joined the seasoned cast of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” Though new to the reality TV world, she was excited to show the world that a full-time mom, businesswoman and philanthropist can have it all.

Mark and Matthew Harris: Tastemakers on ‘Storage Wars’

Mark and Matthew Harris are nationally known as starring in A&E’s hit series “Storage Wars,” where they are the newest bidders on the show viewed by 5 million viewers weekly. In addition to being radio personalities in Los Angeles hosting their weekly radio show, “The Tastemakers,” the Harris brothers are regular judges at Miss USA pageants, including Miss California USA, Miss Illinois USA, Miss Nevada USA, Miss New Jersey USA and Miss Maryland USA. The Harris brothers are also known as “The Kings of Swag” as they own and operate the biggest celebrity marketing agency in Hollywood, WOW! CREATIONS, providing celebrity gift bags and hosting celebrity gift lounges around the world.

Kym Johnson: ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Aussie native Kym Johnson has made the transition from ballroom to judging panel and is currently one of four judges on “Dancing with the Stars,”Australia. Johnson holds three mirror-ball trophies (two in the United States and one in Australia) and she is the only professional dancer in the world to hold trophies on two different continents. In 2006, she arrived in the United States when she was asked to join the U.S. version of “DWTS.” Her first partner was talk show host Jerry Springer during season three, where she won the hearts of Americans. Her other partners have included some of the most popular celebrities on the show: David Hasselhoff, Joey Fatone, Jaleel White, Mark Cuban, Penn Jillette, Warren Sapp, Ingo Radamacher and David Arquette.  Johnson has been runner-up twice on the American show. In November 2009, Johnson won the prestigious mirror-ball trophy with entertainer Donny Osmond, and followed up the win with another first place in 2011 with Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward. Johnson has been involved in 13 seasons of DWTS U.S.A.

Carson Kressley: Emmy winner, style maker

Carson Kressley was most recently a “fan-favorite” on “Dancing With the Stars” and recently headlined as the host of “Dancing With The Stars Live in Las Vegas.” In 2011, Kressley starred in “Carson-Nation,” a one-hour reality show that premiered on OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Network. In the show, he travelled to small towns throughout the United States, transforming lives one person at a time with his signature heart, humor and style. Previously, Kressley helmed Lifetime’s critically acclaimed show “How To Look Good Naked” and earned a primetime Emmy for his role on Bravo’s breakout hit series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” Kressley recently debuted his signature line of women’s sportswear and accessories, “Love, Carson.”

Keith Robinson: Kentucky bred, Oscar nominated

Before he made his way to Tinseltown, the Kentucky native set his sights on music and attended the University of Georgia. Shortly after traveling to Los Angeles and upon a chance meeting with a film and television manager, Robinson jump-started his career performing in more than 50 television and film projects and still counting while still pursuing his music career. Robinson is best known for his role as C.C. White in the Academy Award-winning film “Dreamgirls,” which earned him an Oscar nomination for best song that he performed at the Academy Awards. He can also be seen in such films as “Dear John,” “Fat Albert,” “35 & Ticking” and the soon-to-be released James Brown biopic, “Get on Up,” due out Aug. 1. Robinson also is slated to release brand-new music later this year.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Rovsek: Kentuckian star of ‘The Real Housewives’

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Rovsek is a swimsuit designer and stay-at-home mother of two. Lizzie is the newest Housewife on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County” and joined the cast in its ninth season. Elizabeth hails from the Bluegrass state, is a former Miss Kentucky USA, and is now owner and designer of her own swimsuit company, Sun Kitten Swimwear. She’s married to Christian, CEO of Service First Restoration, an emergency service construction company handling properties damaged by flood, fire, mold and more, and they have two children, 3-year-old Preston and 2-year-old Kingston. They live in Orange County, Calif.

Jon Seda: ‘Chicago PD’

His television credits include series regular roles on “Kevin Hill” and “Close to Home” and recurring roles in “Ghost Whisperer” and “Oz.” Seda also guest starred on “Hawaii Five-0,” “The Closer,” “Burn Notice,” “House, M.D,” “CSI: Miami,” “NYPD Blue” and many others. In 2010, Seda was seen in the award-winning HBO World War II miniseries “The Pacific,” playing the starring role of legendary marine Jon Basilone, and joined the cast of the acclaimed HBO series “Treme” as a series regular. Seda can currently be seen starring as Detective Antonio Dawson on “Chicago PD.” The show, created by Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf, is a spin-off of “Chicago Fire” and airs on NBC.

Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri

In 2013, Nina Davuluri became the first contestant of Indian descent to win the Miss America competition. The Syracuse, N.Y., native was educated at the University of Michigan and plans to attend medical school. During her year as Miss America, Davuluri will serve as spokesperson for increasing enrollment in the STEM fields – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – working with the U.S. Department of Education. Along with the coveted title of Miss America 2014, the 24-year-old won a $50,000 scholarship provided in part by Joseph Ribkoff Inc. and the Miss America Organization to continue her education. For the talent portion of the competition, Davuluri returned to her roots and performed a Classical Bollywood Fusion dance.

2014 Julep Ball Entertainment

Bob Hardwick

Growing up in a banking family in Louisville, Hardwick started to play the piano and compose at age four with the gift of perfect pitch. He went on to win numerous national talent competitions including the Coca-Cola Talent Contest and was accepted for private study by the University of Louisville School of Music at age 12. After earning a BA in business from Centre College and completing graduate music studies at the University of North Texas (classical and jazz), he studied composition with Hall Overton at the Juilliard School of Music. He also received a DownBeat magazine award scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. “The Bob Hardwick Sound” is now one of the leading dance orchestras in the country, with an average of over 200 engagements per year in the United States, in addition to England, France, Italy, Ireland and Bermuda and the Caribbean. Recently, Hardwick played for his fifth Inaugural Ball and seventh U.S. president by performing at the prestigious Illinois Presidential Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C., for President Barack Obama.

J.D. Shelburne

Country artist J.D. Shelburne grew up on a tobacco farm in Taylorsville, Ky., a tiny town southeast of the Ohio River near Louisville. At age 19, he found a guitar after the death of his grandmother and began learning to play and sing on his own. By his sophomore year of college, he had found a few gigs at some local bars in the Louisville and Lexington areas and developed a fan base that eventually landed him on some of the biggest stages in the business, opening for some of the nation’s hottest stars. Eventually, Shelburne was adding original songs into the set mix, in addition to producing songs of his own material. Twelve years later he is soaking up country music, touring cities, building a fan base and celebrating a decade of success playing venues all across the southeast trying to get his big break. Today he’s among the most hardworking and relevant country singers in the business, with the hits “Farmboy” and “Grandma & Garth.” They say Nashville doesn’t work that way anymore – that talented musicians with very few connections don’t stand a chance, but J.D. Shelburne proved that Music City’s engine still runs off talent and persistence.

About the James Graham Brown Cancer Center:

The James Graham Brown Cancer Center is a key component of the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center. As part of the region’s leading academic, research and teaching health center, the cancer center provides the latest medical advances to patients, often long before they become available in non-teaching settings. The JGBCC is a part of KentuckyOne Health and is affiliated with the Kentucky Cancer Program. It is the only cancer center in the region to use a unified approach to cancer care, with multidisciplinary teams of physicians working together to guide patients through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. For more information, visit our web site, www.browncancercenter.org.

The Julep Ball is sponsored in part by Advanced Cancer Therapeutics, Ashton Advertising, Bob Montgomery Dixie Honda, Boutique Serendipity, The Dahlem Company, Dillards, Enterprise, Headz Salon, Heaven Hill, Hubbuch & Co., InGrid Design, Jaust Consulting Partners, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, KentuckyOne Health, Kroger, Louisville Magazine, Maker’s Mark, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, Morgan Stanley, MPI Printing, Nfocus, Old 502 Winery, Power Creative, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, WAKY and WHAS11.



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