Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville to host Kentucky Derby party Ferdinand's Ball, Thursday, May 3 at Louisville's Frazier Museum

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Fresh, fashionable party benefits Old Friends, a facility where retired thoroughbreds can live safe, peaceful post-career lives.

Derby weekend takes off running at The Third Annual Ferdinand’s Ball, Thursday, May 3 from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., at The Frazier Museum, 829 West Main Street.

The only Derby party inspired by a desire to help the horses, Ferdinand’s Ball benefits Old Friends, a facility in Georgetown, KY where thoroughbreds finished with their careers can relax, run and do what they please without fear of being slaughtered or sold.

Founders and sisters Kim Boyle and Aimee Wulfeck Boyle wanted to find a way to protect and care for racehorses after their careers end. The namesake and event itself is in honor of Ferdinand, the 1986 Kentucky Derby winner who was slaughtered overseas.

“We have always been passionate about animal rights and spent a lot of time volunteering with different animal rights and rescue organizations,” explains Kim Boyle. “Ferdinand’s Ball gives us this amazing opportunity to raise awareness and bring the community together to support a charity like Old Friends.”

This year's host is The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and former fashion model Brandi Glanville.
“The reason we chose Brandi is because of her fun, sweet spirit. We know she’ll be a welcoming, enjoyable host for our guests," Kim Boyle said. "She connected with our cause and is sensitive to our mission.”

Cocktail frocks and ties are the dress code at Ferdinand’s Ball, which The Courier-Journal calls it “a fresh, unpretentious new breed of Derby party.”

In a short time, Ferdinand’s Ball has become one of the season’s premiere parties, covered in publications from The Los Angeles Times, to The Wall Street Journal and attended and supported by local and international celebrities. This year’s confirmed guests include NFL Linebacker Dhani Jones, Miss Kentucky Ann Blair Thornton and three-time Derby-winning jockey Kent DesOrmeaux. DesOrmeaux will also be presented with the 2012 Ferdinand Award for his support of Old Friends and the ethical retirement of horses.

Previously, Ferdinand’s Ball has attracted high-profile animal-conscious guests including 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover girl Kate Upton, author, actress and EXTRA host Maria Menounos and Sacramento Kings and University of Kentucky basketball star DeMarcus Cousins.

The dress code is ties and cocktail. After having their car whisked away by a valet, guests enter the party on a red carpet. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The Ball begins at 8 p.m. with champagne and gourmet appetizers, accompanied by live music in the Frazier’s gorgeous rooftop garden, overlooking the Ohio River. Attendees can enjoy one on one time with the celebrity host and guests, sponsors and the others who make the party possible.

At 9 p.m., guests will have the option of relocating into the New York loft-style, brick-walled, colorfully lit upper floor of The Frazier.

Once there, revelers can indulge in treats including filling finger foods from official Ball caterer Masterson’s Catering, and specialty Bourbon Balls in Derby-appropriate flavors like Mint Julep and Sweet Tea, from Louisville’s Cellar Door Chocolates. Plus, an open bar offering Bourbon tastings will be available for everyone’s beverage needs and cocktail cravings. And when the urge to move to the music of cover band The Louisville Crashers, overtakes them, guests can get down on the dance floor.    The Crashers play hits from the 60s to the present, so expect an irresistible mix of danceable favorites.

And there’s even more to occupy your party time, including a silent auction. The impressive items include Preakness tickets and signed lithographs and prints from Pablo Picasso and Chagall.

Also feel free to capture your Ferdinand’s Ball memories in a playful photo booth, filled with props from feather boas to parasols.

The event will include a Judith Ripka fine jewelry bar, handbags by Sarabella James, and custom-designed hats of Maddie Moo & Trixie Too, Ferdinand Bow Ties brought to you by Dhani Jones, chairman of the Bow Tie Cause, NFL Linebacker and star of the Travel Channel’s “Dhani Tackles the Globe.”

Ferdinand’s Ball is a part of Premiere Derby Travel Packages. Sponsorship for the Third Annual Ferdinand’s Ball comes from the following companies: Barkstown Road, Tito's Vodka, Bulleit Bourbon, BBC, Arabella Wines and Masterson's Catering.

Tickets are $100, $250 and $500. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit or email ferdinandsball(at)

We would love to see you at the event. Aimee and Kim are also available for pre-event interviews, television appearances and whatever else you would like to discuss. Old Friends is also open to any press who would like to visit and meet the horses and staff. We’d appreciate any assistance you could give us in letting as many people as possible know about Ferdinand’s Ball. Please let me know how I can help you.

Thank you,

Tamara Ikenberg

About Ferdinand’s Ball Founders Kim Boyle and Aimee Boyle Wulfeck

Aimee Boyle Wulfeck is a native of Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky and former board member of the Humanitarian League of Northern Kentucky, whose mission is to raise funds and compassion for the Kenton County Animal Shelter and various children’s charities. She created numerous events with the league including a gala with guest of honor Carmen Electra. She has also volunteered with the Doug Pelfrey Kicks for Kids organization for over ten years and is a board member of the Mentoring Plus program for “at-risk” teens. She also has experience in event planning and political campaign management. She lives in Ft. Mitchell with her husband, son and chocolate Lab, Maggie.

Kim Boyle grew up in Ft. Mitchell, always surrounded by pets. In her senior year at Beechwood High School, she donated part of a scholarship she won to the Kenton County Animal Shelter in honor of a deceased animal-loving friend.
“At that point it really dawned on me how dire the animal rescue situation was,” she said. “The rest of the summer I spent a lot of time with my mom and sister volunteering for the animal shelter. My entire family and I have been lost in the world of animal rescue and fundraising ever since. “
Boyle graduated from Georgetown College in 2009. She then worked for a bit in Kentucky politics, and also found employment at a pet boutique in Chicago, where she attended graduate school at DePaul University.
In 2010, she and Aimee created Ferdinand’s Ball. This year, Kim opened Barkstown Road, a pet boutique in the heart of Louisville’s busy, eclectic Highlands neighborhood.
Kim lives in Louisville in the Germantown neighborhood with her two dogs Otto and Ruby.

Both Aimee and Kim are thrilled to bring awareness and funding to Old Friends through Ferdinand’s Ball and look forward to many more years of this one-of-a-kind fundraiser.

About Old Friends:
Located on a 52-acre farm in Georgetown, Kentucky, Old Friends is home to retired thoroughbreds whose racing and breeding careers have come to an end, giving them a chance that Ferdinand never had. Old Friends has brought numerous horses home. Currently over 50 legendary horses roam comfortably at Old Friends. It has additional facilities nearby and in other states where more horses are boarded. There are currently a total of 116 horses being taken care of by Old Friends. More than 20,000 visitors a year visit the Georgetown location to meet and pet them, while learning the stories of their wins, their neglect, abuse, near-death experiences, and miraculous rescues. For more information about Old Friends, please visit:

About Ferdinand’s Ball:
Ferdinand’s Ball is an annual fundraiser created in honor of Ferdinand, the 1986 Kentucky Derby winner sent to slaughter after making millions while racing and becoming horse of the year. At this elaborate red carpet gala in Ferdinand’s honor, we raise awareness and funds so that legacies like Ferdinand can retire in peace and with dignity on a beautiful farm in Georgetown, Kentucky.

The kick-off to Derby weekend features live entertainment, gourmet appetizers and drinks, a silent auction, celebrity guests, and so much more. This event is all about keeping horses from facing a similar fate and getting a second chance that Ferdinand never had. This is the first Derby event that is all about the horses! We all just want to retire after we “run our race!”

Tamara Ikenberg at 502-386-3447 or pr(at)
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