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Heritage Foundation Reveals the Theme, Entertainment and Sponsors at Reveal Party

Heritage Foundation Reveals the Theme, Entertainment and Sponsors at Reveal Party

Country Music Legend Kix Brooks to Headline Franklin’s Black Tie Affair

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN hosted its reveal party for the 46th Annual Heritage Ball, Presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners on Wednesday, Aug. 14. The Foundation announced Kix Brooks as the headlining act, the signature cocktail and Estèe Lauder as presenting sponsor of the Heritage Ball Late Party.

“We are thrilled to have one of my closest friends and one of Nashville’s greatest musical talents, Kix Brooks, performing atthis year’s Heritage Ball,” says Senator Bill Frist. “Kix has a passion for preserving the history and rich fabric of our community and his music celebrates our Tennessee heritage.”

This year’s Heritage Ball theme is “Discovery – discover our past, our present and our future.” The longstanding tradition of this glamorous evening in Franklin will continue with natural elegance, pairing the old and new and setting the environmentfor unity and togetherness. Like dinners at Monticello in Tracy Frist’s home state of Virginia, the ball will have unique elementsthat lend a “feast of reason” to the affair, while focusing on the peoples of Tennessee. The Frists and the Heritage Foundation team have worked closely with Amos Gott of AmosEvents to develop the vision and design of the historical evening. Additionally, G Catering will be providing the menu for the evening and McConnell Hospitality Group is creatingthe Ball’s signature cocktail, The Franklin Grove, which pays homage to heritage and the flavors of fall, made with Old Hickory Straight Bourbon.

Each year, more than 800 guests gather to support and celebrate the work of the organization and to raise funds for future projects. In addition to a seated dinner, the event will also feature 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 is made possible by presenting sponsor of the ball, Pinnacle Financial Partners; presenting sponsor of the late party, Estée Lauder; patron sponsors, Barry and Jackie Alexander, Garrett, Talley & Thorington (Franklin, Tennessee Division of Cheatham, Palermo & Garrett), FirstBank and Vanderbilt University Medical Center; premier sponsors, Chuck McDowell and Jo Ellen Drennon McDowell, Frost Brown Todd, SouthStar and Williamson Medical Center; major sponsors, Bank of America, Bentley Nashville, Brookdale Franklin – Senior Living Solutions, CoreCivic, The Edward 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, Renasant Bank, Southern Events, Tennessee Equine Hospital & Berry Farms Animal Hospital and YOUR Williamson; special thanks to the Dorothy Cate and Thomas F. Frist Foundation and other sponsors, G Catering, Kevin Wimpy Photography, McConnell Hospitality Group, and PMC (Parking Management Company).

The Heritage Ball will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5 beginning at 6 p.m. at Eastern Flank Battlefield Park near Carnton. To purchase tickets for the 46th Annual Heritage Ball Presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners, please For more information about the Heritage Foundation and additional programs and preservation projects, visit

About the Heritage Foundation

Since 1967, the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN has been dedicated to protecting and preserving Williamson County’sarchitectural, geographic and cultural heritage and promoting the ongoing revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historicpreservation. 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 eachyear. The Heritage Foundation owns and operates the “home of first kisses,” The Franklin Theatre, the area’s nationally accredited MainStreet 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