He’s one of the most memorable “Saturday Night Live” alums and a regular riot on NBC’s “30 Rock.” Now, he’s heading here.
Comedian-actor Tracy Morgan will attend The Gala on Derby night at The Louisville Palace.
“I think it is absolutely phenomenal,” said Charla Young, The Gala advisory board chair and event organizer. “We are honored to have celebs of that caliber even want to attend our event. We are only in our second year. … Somehow the word has really surfaced that this is a worthy event, and we could not be happier.”
Morgan will participate in a variety of events because “he is one of the Derby Festival guests,” Young said. “We have these fabulous partnerships with other organizations and other parties. We have worked with the Derby Festival to work with folks who will be in the Pegasus Parade and attend our event. It’s a wonderful thing because we share costs.”
While Morgan will be out ‘n’ about once he’s in town and will “absolutely attend The Gala,” Young said she’s not so sure he’ll take the stage, like some celebrity guests do on a whim. The comedian suffers from diabetes and underwent a kidney transplant in late 2010. “We promised not to wear him out,” Young said. “I don’t see him performing, but he’s always welcome to.”
“Glitz and Glam: The Gala 2011 Event,” which benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Kentuckiana, will feature entertainment by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and New York’s DJ Kaos.
In addition to Morgan, the guest list also includes professional football player Reggie Bush, actress Tichina Arnold (“Everybody Hates Chris”), Cleveland Cavaliers hoopster Baron Davis and professional basketball player Angel McCoughtry, who was a standout on the University of Louisville women’s team.
“That’s So Raven” Disney star Raven-Symone will attend The Gala.
So will Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, who was first known as one-third of the R&B group TLC and most recently starred in “What Chilli Wants” on VH1.
Hosea Chanchez of the BET television series, “The Game” will attend the Derby as a guest of The Gala.
Pro football player and former U of L star Kerry Rhodes will walk the red carpet at The Gala, as will ESPN and NFL analyst Tom Jackson. The Pro Bowl linebacker for the Denver Broncos played football at U of L.
The Gala is sponsored by Grey Goose Vodka, Heritage Ford, Toyota, University of Louisville, Churchill Downs, Fifth Third Bank, Houston Johnson Inc., Humana and PNC Bank.
Contact Angie Fenton at 502.551.2698 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
8 p.m. Saturday, May 7.
The Louisville Palace, 625 S. Fourth St.
Benefits Boys & Girls Club of Kentuckiana.
Tickets, which are almost sold out, are as low as $100.
For more information, call (502) 296-8998, e-mail email@example.com or go to www.the-gala.com.
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About the Author (Author Profile)
Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.
Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.