The Julep announces presenting sponsor, changes to Derby Eve event


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – James Graham Brown Cancer Center is proud to announce that Brown-Forman Corp. and its Early Times® Mint Julep are the 2012 presenting sponsors of The Julep, a Derby Eve gala event. The Julep will be held May 4, 2012, at the Galt House Hotel and Suites, 140 North 4th St., Louisville.

    The Julep will host local and national business leaders, horse industry professionals and celebrities from sports, music, cinema and television to help raise money for the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville. The evening will feature a celebrity red carpet entrance, cocktail reception featuring Early Times® Mint Julep and Brown-Forman products, dinner, dancing and silent auction. The scientists and patients at the forefront of cancer treatment and delivery will be honored and saluted for their efforts.

    The Julep, formerly known as the Julep Ball, is a unique evening with food, cocktails and superb entertainment. In 2011, more than 1,000 people from across the country attended the sold-out event. This year, The Julep will bring the focus back to simple elegance. Adopting a “black tie optional” outlook, guests are welcome to come to the event straight from the track without having to change into a tuxedo or ball gown.

    Proceeds from The Julep help the James Graham Brown Cancer Center continue its mission of finding answers to cancer. Since 2005 more than $1.5 million in net proceeds from the center’s Derby Eve event have gone directly to improve the lives of cancer patients and their families. For information and tickets, visit

    About Brown-Forman Corp.

    For 140 years, Brown-Forman Corp. has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Canadian Mist, Korbel, Gentleman Jack, el Jimador, Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, Chambord, New Mix, Tuaca and Woodford Reserve. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 3,900 employees and sold in approximately 135 countries worldwide. For more information about the company, please visit

    About Early Times Kentucky Whisky:

    During this year’s Derby week, more than 120,000 Early Times® Mint Juleps are expected to be served at Churchill Downs®. For the past 25 years, the Early Times Mint Julep, 30 percent ABV, has proudly served as the “Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby®.”

    Early Times Mint Julep is made at the Brown-Forman Distillery in Louisville, Ky. Early Times reminds you to drink responsibly. For more information on Early Times Kentucky Whisky visit

    About the James Graham Brown Cancer Center:

    The James Graham Brown Cancer Center is a key component of the University of Louisville’s Health Sciences Center and UofL Health Care. As the region’s leading academic, research and teaching medical center, our patients benefit from the latest medical advances, often long before they become available in non-teaching settings. The JGBCC is affiliated with the Kentucky Cancer Program and the National Cancer Institute. It is the only cancer center in the region to use a unified approach to cancer care, with multidisciplinary teams of physicians working together to guide patients through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. For more information, visit our web site,

    Jill Scoggins is Director of Communications at UofL's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. She has been at UofL since 2010.