Heritage Ball Features Reba, Fisk Jubilee Singers & More

Heritage Ball

The 46th annual Heritage Ball took place Saturday, Oct 5. With 850 guests in attendance, this year’s event was one that displayed elegance, cultural performances and a surprise visit by Reba McEntire when she performed with Kix Brooks.

A signature cocktail was presented by McConnell Hospitality called The Franklin Grove. To announce the end of the cocktail hour, Old Towne Brass Civil War drummers signaled everyone to their seats by leading the group to the main dining tent.

As you entered the main dining area, you were greeted with over five large chandeliers, the greenery that draped the tent with twinkle light and floral arrangements of white, pale pink, and coral. The décor was inspired by a natural elegance, pairing the old and new and setting the environment for unity and togetherness. Dinner for the evening was by G Catering and included a brie and apple salad, bacon-wrapped chicken roulade, beef filet, and chicken roulade, wild rice with roasted grapes and pecans, salt-roasted heirloom carrots, roasted asparagus and a chocolate tart for dessert.

Awards and Naming of Franklin Grove Conservatory 

The inaugural Tracy Frist Legacy Award was presented to Dayton Duncan, writer and producer, alongside Ken Burns, of the eight-part, 16-hour docuseries “Country Music,” for his life’s work as a writer, filmmaker, political figure and conservationist.

In addition, the Foundation had a surprise announcement. Gordon and Shaun Inman provided a generous gift toward the organization’s capital campaign for its latest restoration project, Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens. CEO Bari Beasley announced and unveiled “The Gordon and Shaun Inman Conservatory at Franklin Grove.” “This conservatory will be magnificent, and the Inmans’ legacy will be forever tied to this stunning property,” said Beasley. The 46th Annual Heritage Ball raised more money than ever before, in the Foundation’s 52-year history.

Entertainment for the Event 

Other entertainment throughout the evening included Red Road Native Dancers, Fisk Jubilee Singer, Craig Duncan Orchestra, and Kix Brooks. One-half of the legendary Brooks and Dunn performed a few songs for the crowd but asked if his friend Reba could join him. Reba McEntire asked if anyone wanted to sing with her on stage and one lucky attendee joined Brooks and Reba on stage.

“Tracy and I have a profound respect and appreciation for the entertainers and cultural groups that performed. Their music and dance magically captured the theme of the night: Discovery – discovery of our rich past, from ancient times represented by the Red Road Native Dancers, to our 19th century history demonstrated by the Old Towne Brass Civil War drummers and Fisk Jubilee Singers, to the present captured by the Craig Duncan Orchestra and our dear friend Kix Brooks,” said Ball Chairman Senator Bill Frist. “We hope that the Ball guests not only enjoyed the entertainment but felt the meaning behind these historically significant artists. Together, we shape the future of our cultural heritage.”

Sponsors for the Heritage Ball 

The Heritage Ball is made possible by Pinnacle Financial Partners, Estee Lauder, Barry and Jackie Alexander, Garrett, Talley & Thorington (Franklin, Tennessee Division of Cheatham, Palermo & Garrett, An Association of Attorneys), FirstBank and Vanderbilt Health, Vanderbilt Orthopedics, Frost Brown Todd, Chuck McDowell and Jo Ellen Drennon McDowell, SouthStar, Williamson Medical Center, 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, YOUR Williamson, G Catering, Kevin Wimpy Photography, McConnell Hospitality Group, PMC, Parking Management Company, AmosEvents, Dorothy Cate and Thomas F. Frist Foundation, Cressey Cares and the Williamson Medical Center Foundation.

To learn more about the event, please visit www.williamsonheritage.org/heritageball. For more information about the Heritage Foundation and additional programs and preservation projects, visit www.williamsonheritage.org.