SLIDESHOW: Enthusiastic crowd turns out for 25th Barnstable Brown Gala
LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Fans braved rainy weather for a time Friday night to come out and catch a glimpse of their favorite stars as they arrived at the 25th edition of the Barnstable Brown Gala.
Singer Smokey Robinson was among the biggest stars appearing at the event. Before any of celebrities arrived, though, many fans found themselves huddling beneath umbrellas or blankets during a downpour that lasted about half an hour.
Country music singer Travis Tritt, a Barnstable Brown regular, made sure to head over to the crowd to pose for pictures and sign autographs.
The crowd saved its biggest response, however, for Peyton Siva, who was part of U of L's NCAA Championship basketball team. Plenty of people in the crowd pleaded for him to come over to them for autographs and pictures, and he complied.
Television icon Valerie Harper also attended -- she told WDRB's Tamara Evans of her battle against brain cancer. Previously Harper has said she only has a few months to live. But on this night of celebration, she said she felt fine and was eager for her story to inspire others to fight the deadly disease.
Among the celebrities in attendance at the event were Kid Rock, Smokey Robinson, Miranda Lambert, Tom Brady, Valerie Harper, Aaron Rodgers, Terry O'Quinn, Clay Walker, Kix Brooks, Travis Tritt, Eddie Montgomery, Taylor Dayne, DMC Darryl McDaniels, Joey Fatone, Josh Henderson, Stephen Ammel, Coco Rocha, Jason Biggs, Jennifer Holliday, Larry Birkhead, Bode Miller, Freddie Jackson, Peyton Siva, Nerlens Noel, Clay Matthews, Wes Welker, Matt Schaub, Randall Cobb, Darius Miller, David Denman, Mercedes Masohn, Matt Cassel, and Emilio Estevez.
A hot air balloon reminded everyone that this was the 25th edition of the gala, which is held at the home of Patricia Barnstable-Brown, who co-hosts the event with her twin sister, Priscilla Barnstable.
The Barnstable Brown Gala has raised and donated $9 million to the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Research Center at the University of Kentucky over the past seven years.
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