2012 Barnstable Brown Gala celebrities
Two and a Half Men Star and super tweeter Ashton Kutcher headlines the list of celebrities attending the 2012 Barnstable Brown Gala Derby Eve in Louisville.
The rollcall of Banstable Brown party guests released by Patricia Barnstable Brown, who hosts the gala with her twin sister, Priscilla Barnstable, also includes country superstars Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean, the rising country group The Band Perry, model Kate Upton of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and Hardee’s commercial fame, and Twilight Saga star and model Kellan Lutz.
This will be the 24th annual Barnstable Brown Gala, which raises money for the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Research Center at the University of Kentucky. The private event will be May 4 at the Barnstable home in Louisville.
Also attending the bash will be University of Kentucky basketball sensation Anthony Davis, standout Darius Miller and coach John Calipari, who has become a Barnstable Brown regular since coming to Kentucky in 2009.
There are many celebrities who make the Barnstable Brown bash part of their regular Derby experience, and a lot of them are on the guest list again this year: bad boy rocker Kid Rock; 1990s pop stars Boyz II Men and Taylor Dane; Mary Wilson of The Supremes; Darryl McDaniels of the pioneering hip-hop group Run DMC; country mainstays Travis Tritt, Clay Walker and Lee Ann Womack; sports stars including New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and teammates Wes Welker, Vince Wilfork and Deion Branch and the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers; Winter Olympians Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn; and model Niki Taylor. Also representing the sports world will be tennis super-couple Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, and fully capable of talking about all the athlete action will be ESPN’s Erin Andrews.
TV stars scheduled to hit the party include Late Show With David Letterman band leader Paul Shaffer, show host extraordinaire and former N’Sync member Joey Fatone, comedian and poker player Brad Garrett, Food Network star Guy Fieri and former Lost star Terry O’Quinn. Returning is Larry Birkhead, a photographer who met model and reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith at the 2004 Barnstable Brown Gala and subsequently had a daughter, Dannielynn, with Smith. After Smith’s death in 2007, Birkhead won custody battle of Dannielynn. At recent Barnstable Brown parties, Birkhead has told reporters that returning to the event has been bittersweet.
Bringing her legendary status to this year’s gala will be singer Cyndi Lauper, who is the grand marshal of the Derby Festival’s Pegasus Parade, on May 3.
Rounding out the list for this year’s party are a pair of Kentucky music stars, Wynonna Judd and Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry.
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