Derby 2011: Mint Jubilee guests

Jordin Sparks in New York City in 2009. © AP photo by Jim Cooper.

Jordin Sparks in New York City in 2009. © AP photo by Jim Cooper.

American Idol winners Jordin Sparks (Season 6) and Kris Allen (Season 8 ) top the guest list at this year’s Mint Jubilee, which will be Derby Eve (May 6) at the Palace Theatre in Louisville.

NBC sportscaster Bob Costas will host the Mint Jubilee. © AP Photo by Evan Agostini.

NBC sportscaster Bob Costas will host the Mint Jubilee. © AP Photo by Evan Agostini.

NBC sportscaster Bob Costas will be the host the event founded by actor, producer and former NFL player Matt Battaglia, along with former NFL player and Louisville real estate developer Chris Thieneman and his brother and fellow real estate executive Tom Thieneman Jr.

Joining them will be Dexter actress Julie Benz, comic and Scream actor Jamie Kennedy,  former presidential candidate and actor Fred Thompson (also announced as a guest at the Barnstable-Brown Gala), actress and former Pegasus Parade grand marshal Jennifer Tilly, actress Illeana DouglasThe Hills and Audrina star Audrina Patridge, designer Betsey JohnsonReal Housewives of Orange County Star Vicki Gunvalson, country star Linda Davis, former America’s Next Top Model judge Nole Martin, professional poker player Phil Laak, Miss Teen Kentucky 2011Stephanie Jones and Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2011 Kia Hampton.

Tickets for the Jubilee are still available for $200 to $750. Proceeds go to benefit cancer research.

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