The Heritage Foundation held its huge annual fundraiser, Heritage Ball, at the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, where about 800 people gathered for the gala event.
Guests arrived on the red carpet and were greeted by “Inside Edition’s” Megan Alexander and TV personality Allison DeMarcus, who interviewed several arrivals. Monitors in the cocktail reception captured the interviews as part of the entertainment, thanks to the vision of ball Co-chairs Cordia and Tom Harrington, who strived to make guests feel like stars.
A montage of images and videos representing significant historical locations the foundation has been involved with through the years, including Carnton, McLemore House, Morton-Brittain House, Ravenswood Mansion and others, were projected on the venue ceiling for a dramatic and powerful representation.
Amos Gott was the designer this year, joined by Incite Studios, who produced the visual elements of the performance.
The setting was a sparkly vision of black, white, gold and silver. A pale pink bar anchored one area of the vast white tent and huge bouquets of all-white flowers were placed on the bar, as well as in numerous places in the reception area. Gold stars, streaming lights and chandeliers, which looked like gigantic fire flowers, added to the ambiance.
The tables, covered in black and silver cloths, were set with silver banded white china. Gold Chiavari chairs and crystal goblets with gold bands added extra shimmer. Both tall and lower centerpieces featured stunning white roses and orchids.
The performance featured Tony and Grammy winner Heather Headley, who originated the role of Nala in “The Lion King” on Broadway, won a Tony Award in Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida,” and currently stars in the Netflix series “Sweet Magnolias.”
There was an online auction, as well as a live auction, which offered up for bid: a 2022 GMC Yukon Denali donated by Reiselman Motors, an in-home tasting and cocktail experience by the founders of Franklin Distillery, a trip to Italy as VIP guest of world famous tenor Andrea Bocelli at a television event and a fundraiser.
Just a few of the online auction items were: a private concert at Franklin Theatre, a handmade quilt by local quilter Linda Stelzer, a party for eight at historic home Laurel Hill, trips to Panama City, Hacienda del Mar Los Cabos Resort, Four Seasons Residence Club Scottsdale, the Masters Golf Tournament, and much more.
G Catering served a delicious three course meal and the crowd danced until midnight along with the Late Party partiers.
For more information about the Heritage Foundation, call 615-591-8500 or visit williamsonheritage.org.
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