Heritage Ball

49th Annual Heritage Ball

October 1, 2022 | 6 PM – Midnight

Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, Franklin, TN

The Heritage Ball sponsored by Lee Company, Williamson County’s longest-running black-tie affair, celebrates the outstanding preservation work of the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN and serves as its largest annual fundraising event for future preservation efforts. This year’s 49th annual Heritage Ball, chaired by Cordia and Tom Harrington, will transport guests to a star-filled, ethereal night of revelry on Eastern Flank Battlefield Park on the evening of Saturday, October 1, 2022. Boasting top-secret surprises with airy, celestial features, each guest – from beloved neighbors to well-known celebrities – will experience a ball like no other.

Support Historic Preservation in Style

  • 800+ Preservation-minded Donors
  • 100+ Young Professionals at the Next Gen Late Party
  • Guest Performer Tony & Grammy Winner Heather Headley
  • Live & Online Auction
  • Exquisite Served Meal & Full Bar
  • Live Music & Dancing

(Individual Heritage Ball tickets are no longer available. To be placed on the waitlist, please call 615-591-8500.)

Approximately 800 guests will gather at Eastern Flank Battlefield Park to support and celebrate the work of the Heritage Foundation and to raise funds for future preservation projects. The Ball serves as the greatest single fundraising initiative for the Foundation each year. In addition to a seated dinner and dancing, the ball features a cocktail hour and other fundraising opportunities.

The first ball, which was held at Magnolia Hall, was a community effort. The Franklin Garden Club gathered, dried, and arranged the flowers. Marty Ligon, Eunetta Kready, Jane Rainey, Mary Frances Ligon and Catherine Brent assisted with planning and sending invitations. The hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Garrett, asked for donations of $50 per couple to be made to the Heritage Foundation. A lot has changed since that first ball on a cold February evening in 1972, however, what hasn’t changed is the community spirit required to put on this elegant event.

This year’s ball chairs will be Cordia and Tom Harrington. “We are honored to host this extraordinary event,” Cordia shared. “Friends and family make Williamson County a magical place to live! We are thankful for the Heritage Foundation’s work to preserve this special community.”

Heather Headley

This year's entertainer will be Tony and Grammy Award-winner Heather Headley. Heather originated the role of Nala in The Lion King on Broadway, won a Tony Award in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, and she also currently stars in the Netflix series “Sweet Magnolias".

Alma McLemore

The 2022 Patrons Award honoree is Alma McLemore. The award goes individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to historic preservation in Williamson County. Alma is the President of the African American Heritage Society of Williamson County.

Katherine Malone-France

The 2022 Tracy Frist Legacy Award honoree is Katherine Malone-France, Chief Preservation Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The award is given to individuals who embody the American spirit and whose bodies of work lifts up the efforts of historic preservation, on national or international levels. (Pictured: Senator Bill Frist, Katherine Malone-France, Tom & Cordia Harrington)

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Lee Company is a family-owned, $300 million company, making life better by handling home, facilities, and construction projects. With about 1,500 employees, Lee Company offers comprehensive services and trust-winning solutions: Our team of caring professionals builds on nearly 80 years of experience in everything from HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and appliance repair, to huge construction projects. Community Service: Being of service and creating an environment where people can thrive is at the heart of what we do and who we are. We are honored to put our time, talent, and financial resources to the service of our community.

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2021 Patron-Level Sponsors

The Alexander Family
Senator Bill and Tracy Frist
McMahan, Winstead & Richardson
RNM Management & Properties
Williamson Medical Center
Williamson Medical Center Foundation