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IMAGES | Tom Brady, Jeff Bridges, Katie Couric and many others attend the Barnstable Brown Gala

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The cold weather and the rain didn't keep the stars away from the 29th annual Barnstable Brown Party in the Highlands.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, professional golfer and Goshen native Justin Thomas, and other stars like Katie Couric, Jeff Bridges, Justin Hartley, Tracy Morgan, Kid Rock, Sammy Hagar Richie Sambora, Harry Connick Jr. and Stephen Amell walked the red carpet Friday night in the Derby Eve tradition.


The party took place at the home of Patricia Barnstable Brown, who co-hosted the event with her twin sister Priscilla Barnstable.

During the gala, rock star Richie Sambora played and donated a one-of-a-kind guitar -- the fourth year in a row Sambora has done so.

The guitar was then auctioned off by organizers of the gala in order to raise funds to fight diabetes.

"My idea this year is to invite all the artists to play this one-of-a-kind, stunning instrument and autograph the back when finished," Sambora said in a statement. "This way the bidding can go on all night long while all of us can leave a little bit of love behind on that six string. I'm sure after Orianthi, Sammy Hagar, Kid Rock, Travis Tritt and all the other talented musicians give it spin, the value and auction donation will be the highest to date."

Last year, Sambora's guitar auction raised about $40,000 for the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Foundation.

"I love the environment, I love being here with my crew," said Rodgers, who attended the gala with several of his Packers teammates, including former University of Kentucky star Randall Cobb. 

Some of the celebrities are in Louisville for their first Derby.

"I remember watching the race as a child and I am finally here at the Kentucky Derby," said Morgan, who attended the event with his wife Megan Wollover. "We are so happy to be invited here. We are going to have a good time!"

Bridges attended the gala as part of a promotion for the upcoming film, called “Kingsmen: The Golden Circle.”

The film is a sequel to "Kingsmen: The Secret Service," and it's an all-out action flick about a spy ring that operates a bourbon distillery as its cover.

The bourbon is called "Statesman " and,  in the film, it is made in Louisville by Old Forester.

Hartley, star of the NBC hit show "This is Us" attended the gala with his fiance Chrishell Stause, a Kentucky native.

You can see a slideshow of all the stars and see what they had to say on the red carpet in the video player above.

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