Thunder Funder

2024 Thunder Funders

The Business of Fun

The Kentucky Derby Festival is only a monthlong celebration, but its impact on the local community is felt year-round. Thunder produces an estimated impact of $56.6 million for the local economy on both sides of the Ohio River. For these and many other reasons, the Festival remains committed to producing such an important community asset.

The Festival would not be able to produce such a far-reaching economic impact on the community without the unwavering support of its corporate sponsors and other sources of revenue.

Along with our presenting sponsors – Caesars Southern Indiana, Humana, LG&E, Meijer and UPS – local businesses throughout Kentuckiana can help us make this year’s Thunder great!

If you have questions or need more information on becoming a Thunder Funder, please contact the Kentucky Derby Festival at 502-584-FEST.


2024 Thunder Show Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors:
Caesars Southern Indiana, Humana, LG&E, Meijer, UPS
Official Health Care Provider: UofL Health
Official Hotel Sponsor: The Galt House Hotel
Official Bourbon: Four Roses Bourbon
Official Drone Provider: Lumenier Arora Light Show Drone
Official Golf Cart Sponsor: UA Local 502
Military Sponsor: Akima
Media Partners: Mix 106.9 and WDRB

Check Out These Businesses Who Support Thunder as Thunder Funders!


80 Acres Farms
AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists
Alliant Technologies, LLC
Axis Investments
Calhoun Construction Services
Chicken Salad Chick Middletown/Fern Creek
Congo Brands
Cornerstone Group
Cox’s Smoker’s Outlet/ Evergreen Liquors
Crushed Ice Catering
Derby City Gaming Dunkin’
Fifth Third Bank
Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
GE Appliances, a Haier company
Heuser Hearing Institute
Horse Soldier Bourbon
Joe’s Crab Shack
Kentucky Lottery
Kentucky Office of Highway Safety
Kentucky Performing Arts
Kentucky Proud
Kentucky Science Center
King+Company and Peoples Bank
KingFish Restaurants
Ladyfingers Catering Inc.
Lasik Plus
Louisville Bats
Louisville City FC/ Racing Louisville FC
Louisville Indiana Railroad Bridge
Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport
Louisville Pride Foundation
Louisville Tourism
Mid Southern Savings Bank, FSB
Nimlok Kentucky
PPL Therapeutic Services, PLLC
Riverside Parking
Shepherd Insurance
SummitMedia Louisville
The Galt House Hotel
The Fillies, Inc.
UA Local 502
Universal Windows Direct
Upland Brewing Jeffersonville
Uptown Cafe
Zoeller Pump Company