The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, Tennessee, hosted its annual Heritage Ball Sponsor Party on Thursday where Pam Chandler was honored with the 2019 Patron Award.

The cocktail party was presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners and saw hundreds of guests gather at the Franklin home of hosts Mr. and Mrs. Tom Harrington. 

Each year more than 800 guests gather to support and celebrate the work of the The Heritage Foundation and to raise funds for future projects. 

The Sponsor Party included a beautifully prepared variety of food surrounded by walls ordained with paintings, drinks by the pool and the arrival of two owls presented by representatives of the Nashville Zoo. A pianist played throughout the evening and a display from Grogan Jewelers by Lyon showcased a collection of fine pieces from necklaces to rings and pocket knives.

Heritage Foundation Board President David Garrett presented Pam Chandler with a metal goblet for the 2019 Patron Award, which recognizes an individual or organization that has shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to historic preservation efforts in Williamson County. 

“As a member and vice president of the board, Pam Chandler has made outstanding contributions to the Heritage Foundation over the past six years,” Garrett said. “From serving as a member of the CEO selection committee, to lending her expertise in human resources, to developing new member only events, Pam has devoted countless hours and passion in support of today’s Heritage Foundation.” 

Chandler expressed surprise before thanking the foundation members.

“It’s hard to describe how you follow all the people before me who got this award. This is the 50th and I’m more than honored at at times lost for words tonight because I can’t believe that it’s really here and I really got and I’ll always been on the books in the Heritage Foundation. That’s an honor,” Chandler said.

The foundation also presented Sen. Bill First and Tracy First with a large of print of the newest edition of YOUR Williamson Magazine on which they are featured on the cover.

This year’s Heritage Ball will take place on Oct. 5, and will include a seated dinner, an online auction including items such as a VIP Pilgrimage Festival experience, a five-night stay at the Ritz-Carlton at Palm Beach, a premium villa stay at Atlantis Harborside, lunch with Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson and club level seats to a Tennessee Titans game. 

The online auction is now live. To register, visit 

The 46th Annual Heritage Ball, presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners, is sold out and will be held at Eastern Flank Battlefield Park near Carnton. 

To learn more about the event, please visit For more information about the Heritage Foundation and additional programs and preservation projects, visit 

Patron sponsors of this year’s Heritage Ball include Barry and Jackie Alexander, Garrett, Talley & Thorington (Franklin, Tennessee Division of Cheatham, Palermo & Garrett, An Association of Attorneys), FirstBank and Vanderbilt Health and Vanderbilt Orthopedics. Premier sponsors include Frost Brown Todd, Chuck McDowell and Jo Ellen Drennon McDowell, SouthStar and Williamson Medical Center. Major Sponsors include Bank of America, Bentley Nashville, Brookdale Franklin, Senior Living Solutions, CoreCivic, The Edwards Pharris Group at Morgan Stanley, First Citizens National Bank, First Tennessee Bank, Franklin Synergy Bank, Grogan Jewelers by Lon, GSRM Law, Landmark Community Bank, Lipman Brothers LLC, Mars Petcare, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, Quest Events, Southern Events, Tennessee Equine Hospital & Berry Farms Animal Hospital, Kent Thiry and Denise O’Leary and YOUR Williamson. 

“Collectively these companies, individuals and foundations have contributed over $500,000 so far to the foundation and to saving the the stories and places that matter in our community,” Heritage Foundation Chief Operating Officer Hershey said.

Other sponsors include G Catering, Kevin Wimpy Photography, McConnell Hospitality Group and PMC, Parking Management Company, and the foundation issued a special thanks to AmosEvents, Dorothy Cate and Thomas F. Frist Foundation, Cressey Cares, and the Williamson Medical Center Foundation. 

Estee Lauder serves as the Presenting sponsor of this year’s Heritage Ball Late Party.

According to a news release, the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, Tennessee, has been dedicated to protecting and preserving Williamson County’s architectural, geographic and cultural heritage and promoting the ongoing revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation since 1967. 

Notable projects include The Franklin Theatre, Roper’s Knob, parts of the Franklin battlefield and the Old, Old Jail. 

The Foundation brings county history to about 3,000 public, private and homeschooled children each year through the Heritage Classroom program and walking tours of downtown Franklin. Events and festivals produced by the Heritage Foundation such as Main Street Festival, the Heritage Ball, Pumpkinfest and Dickens of a Christmas bring hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors to downtown Franklin each year. 

The Heritage Foundation owns and operates the “home of first kisses,” The Franklin Theatre, the area’s nationally accredited Main Street Program through the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Downtown Franklin Association, and the organization’s newest division and current restoration and rehabilitation project, Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens. 

For more information about the Heritage Foundation, visit 

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