Ferdinand’s Ball @ Frazier International History Museum

Thursday, May 3

Frazier International History Museum
829 W. Main St.
$100-$500; 7:30 p.m.

As Derby week kicks into high gear, there’s no shortage of star-studded soirees. And while I’m usually more of a cheap-beer-at-a-dive-bar kind of a girl, I’m willing to get fancy for a good cause, which is what Ferdinand’s Ball is all about. Now in its third year, this burgeoning Derby tradition raises money for Old Friends, a not-for-profit farm that provides a home for retired racehorses that might otherwise be slaughtered. At the $100 level, guests are privy to an open bar (with an array of bourbon!) and gourmet hors d’oeuvres (with Derby-themed bourbon balls for dessert!), as well as a silent auction, photo booth, live music and celebrity schmoozing with the likes of an NFL linebacker, Miss Kentucky, and model-turned Real Housewife Brandi Glanville. Higher-priced tickets come with VIP access and gift bags. Do it for the horses… —Sarah Kelley

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