Harlem Derby Run for the Roses 7th Annual Gala and Watch Party.

May 4th 2019 marked the 7th annual Harlem Derby Run for the Roses Gala and Watch Party Event at the Red Rooster in Harlem.

20190506_143543(Rob Owens: Founder of Harlem Derby)

The Elegant Classy Gentleman Magazine team returned this year to cover the event and party with the elegant guests and party goers who came out to celebrate the 7th year of the Harlem Derby Gala!

20190504_182848Also this year NBC News was on hand to shoot live footage from Harlem New York, and other cities that had watch party events of their own.

20190506_142848(Anthony McGowan: NBC News)

2019 was a big year for Rob Owens Harlem Derby Gala. Having three Harlem Derby Events leading up to watch party gala truly making it a Harlem Derby Festival indeed!

20190506_141823(Mike Strange and Marcus Samuelsson)

Celebrity Chef and Red Rooster owner Marcus Samuelsson was front and center, as well as in the mix of it all at Red Rooster admiring the well dressed men and women attending the event in Harlem Derby Style!

20190504_170026(Jean Germain, Sonya Hensley, Mike Strange, Marcus Samuelsson)

Harlem really showed up and showed out for the Harlem Derby 7th annual gala.


20190504_193108(Harlemwood Glamor Girl: Sheila D and her husband Michael)

20190504_195116(Jean Germain, Men’s Fashion Designer: Andrei Giovanni, Mike Strange)

20190506_141023(Jean  Germain and Sonya Hensley)

20190506_142007(Bartender: Diamond Roxy)

20190504_164903(Evan Stern)

20190504_181920(Sonya Hensley)

Movie & Broadway performer and Jazz artist: Sonya Hensley gave a stunning and energetic performance for the Harlem Derby Run for the Roses Gala at Red Rooster’s Ginny’s Supper Club!


(Yvette Wright Gauff and Barbara)

59498893_549394858919579_8490163498146332672_n(Harlem Derby Run of the Roses Gala is Presented by Woodford Reserve)

59583711_645162059261645_8459884373846523904_nHarlem Derby attendees awaited the fashion judges to announce the Best dressed: Man/Woman-Women’s Hat/Men’s Hat…etc. But this years gala was so huge they ran out of time. The winners will be announced on Facebook.

Meanwhile the founder of Harlem Derby received an award himself!

The Elegant Classy Gentleman Team will return to cover this wonderful event next year…..This gala was the best so far!

59747717_544146459322578_4066946984039153664_nWe will see you next year…….at the Races!

By the way I won Best Dressed Male!



Photos: Mike Strange, Jean Germain, Jessica Phillip

Elegant Classy Gentleman Team:

Mike Strange: Editor in Chief

Jean Germain: Logistical Executive

Jessica Phillip: Business Executive


Red Rooster Harlem: Venue

Marcus Samuelsson: Celebrity Chef/T.V. Personality/Owner of Red Rooster

Rob Owens: Harlem Derby Founder

Anhtony Mcgowen: NBC News

Sonya Hensley: Movie, Stage and Recording Performer

Woodford Reserve: Sponsor


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