The Stars Shined At The 2019 Trifecta Gala Kentucky Derby Kickoff
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The stars shined bright this weekend at the 2019 Kentucky Derby Eve Trifecta Gala, the premier Kentucky Derby Eve event of the year.

Each year, the charity gala brings out a star-studded crowd to the black tie-event to support and slay.

This year’s gala, which took place on Friday, May 3, featured an intimate performance by Usher. Past performers to have the honor have been Jill Scott, Earth Wind and Fire, Miguel, Chris Rock and Stevie Wonder, to name a few.

DJ Ferno spun tunes to keep the crowd, which included Steve and Marjorie Harvey, NeNe Leakes, Cynthia Bailey and Congresswoman Maxine Waters, going all night long.

The annual event is organized by the Bridgeman family, led by retired NBA guard and entrepreneur Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman, and includes his children Justine, Ryan and Eden Bridgeman.

As this year’s media partner, ESSENCE helped to continue the tradition of culture and community at the Friday evening kickoff event, with CEO Michelle Ebanks on hand to enjoy the festivities.

See the best moments from the 2019 Kentucky Derby Eve Trifecta Gala here!