The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County hosted its 48th Heritage Ball at the historic Eastern Flank Battlefield Park in Franklin Saturday, Oct. 2.

The Heritage Ball is Williamson County’s longest-running black tie fundraiser — more than 750 guests attended to support and celebrate the work of the Heritage Foundation while raising funds for future preservation projects. 

The event was chaired by Dr. Allen and Shawne Sills, whose love of the outdoors was exhibited by Ball Designer Amos Gott in an event following that theme: tall birch trees, abundant greenery accented with coral and white floral arrangements among canvas photo portraits of Williamson County’s natural assets. G Catering served dinner.

Heritage Foundation President and CEO Bari Beasley introduced the speakers and welcomed guests, and announced The Patron's Award, bestowed upon Sondra Morris, the vice chair of Franklin Grove and a member of the Board of Directors of the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County. She is also a lead donor for the Heritage Foundation’s largest project, Franklin Grove Estate and Gardens. 

“This Heritage Ball has likely been one of the shining stars in the 48-year history of Williamson County’s grandest tradition," Beasley said. "This year was incredibly meaningful since we missed gathering in 2020. Everyone’s enthusiasm was apparent as we filled the venue and experienced one of the liveliest and most exciting affairs in the history of the Heritage Foundation."

The event featured a silent auction, which featured more than 100 items, and  a live auction was held featuring a Kentucky Derby Grandstand Experience package, a 2021 Yukon Denali donated by Reiselman Motor Company, and a Liquid Chef Experience, allowing 20 people to enjoy Liquid Chef Rob Floyd’s signature production and Cocktail Theatre hosted by Nancy Smith and Greg Flittner at The Harpeth Square Clubroom in downtown Franklin.

Country legend and MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner also perfrmed and A Next Gen Late Party for young professionals was held from 8 p.m. until midnight.