Heritage Ball Committee Voted on Signature Cocktail

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN has named McConnell Hospitality Group as the Official Drink Sponsor of the 48th Annual Heritage Ball presented by Vanderbilt Health. The Heritage Ball Chairs Dr. and Mrs. Allen Sills joined the Heritage Ball Committee to vote on the signature cocktail to be served at the black-tie event Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park.


In making the announcement, President and CEO of Heritage Foundation Bari Beasley said, “McConnell Hospitality Group is an icon in Williamson County and they are the ideal partner to bring inspired libations to the Heritage Ball this year.  It’s going to be an exceptional year and we’re excited to offer a signature cocktail to be revealed at the Patron’s Party on Thursday, September 9.”


McConnell Hospitality Group Beverage Director Chris Capaldi prepared three cocktails for the Heritage Ball Committee Members to taste and vote on their favorite. The selection included “Wheel of Fate” prepared with Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye Whiskey, blackberry, sarsaparilla, vanilla and Angostura Bitters. The second cocktail was “Brother’s Bond” with Old Hickory Rye Whiskey, Copper & Kings American Apple Brandy, Apologue Persimmon Liqueur, plum, lemon and Angostura Bitter. The third was “Buried By Time” with Ford’s Gin, Giffard Apricot du Rousillon, Galliano L’Aperativo, cranberry, Chinese 5 Spice Bitters and lemon.


The Heritage Ball is Williamson County’s longest-running black-tie fundraiser and typically attracts more than 800 guests to support and celebrate the work of the Heritage Foundation while raising funds for future preservation projects.  In addition to a seated dinner, live music and surprise guest entertainment, the ball will feature an online and live autcion, pre-ball Patrons Party and a Late Party, along with other fundraising opportunities.


Tickets and tables for the 48th Annual Heritage Ball presented by Vanderbilt Health Oct. 2 are now on sale. For information on underwriter and sponsorship opportunities, as well as becoming a table host, contact Melissa Houck, Director of Development mhouck@williamsonheritage.org. For general information, visit www.williamsonheritage.org.



Since 1967, the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County has been dedicated to preserving Williamson County’s architectural, geographic and cultural heritage as well as promoting the ongoing revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation. 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 school children each year through the Heritage Classroom program as well as 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 Franklin Theatre, the Downtown Franklin Association, and the organization’s newest division and current restoration project, Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens. For more information about the Heritage Foundation, visitwww.williamsonheritage.org.