The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN, has named Vanderbilt Health Presenting Sponsor of the 48th Annual Heritage Ball. After years of supporting the black tie fundraiser, Vanderbilt Health has stepped up their participation as the largest underwriter of the event to be held Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park.

In making the announcement, President and CEO of Heritage Foundation Bari Beasley said, “Vanderbilt Health has always been a significant donor and partner to the Heritage Foundation, but now we’re even more grateful they will elevate this partnership to present the Heritage Ball this year. This partnership is accentuated by having Dr. Allen Sills and Mrs. Shawne Sills as ball chairs, as Dr. Sills is Professor of Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Founder and Co-Director of the Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center.”

As the NFL’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sills also works closely with team medical staffs across the league, the NFL Players Association and its advisors, and the many medical and scientific experts who comprise the NFL’s medical committees.

In making the announcement, Vanderbilt Health’s Deputy CEO and Chief Health Systems Officer Dr. Wright Pinson said, “We’re proud to partner with the Heritage Foundation to present this fundraiser, and we’re delighted to help preserve the county’s heritage while revitalizing the community. We’re confident Dr. Sills will shine a spotlight on the cause while providing valuable insights toward establishing a safe community celebration.”

The Heritage Ball is Williamson County’s largest 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 auction, pre-ball Patrons Party and a Late Party, along with other fundraising opportunities.

Tickets and tables for the 48th Annual Heritage Ball Oct. 2 will go on sale in August. For information on underwriter and sponsorship opportunities, as well as becoming a table host, contact For general information, visit



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