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FRANKLIN, Tenn. –The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN announced Senator Bill and Tracy Frist as Ball Chairs for the 46th annual Heritage Ball to be held at Eastern Flank Battlefield Park on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.

“We are honored to announce that Senator and Mrs. Frist will serve as Ball Chairs for the Heritage Ball,” said Bari Beasley, CEO of the Heritage Foundation. “Long-time preservationists, the Frists are currently restoring Old Town, their historic home in Williamson County. With hearts for history, education, preservation and conservation, they are continuously making a difference in our community, and I am absolutely delighted they will chair next year’s Heritage Ball.” 

The Heritage Ball is the longest running black-tie affair in Williamson County. Each year, approximately 700 guests gather to support and celebrate the work of the Heritage Foundation and to raise funds for future preservation projects. In addition to a seated dinner and dancing, the ball features a cocktail hour and other fundraising opportunities.

Tracy Frist added, “We look forward to serving as chairs of the 46th annual Heritage Ball. The Ball not only raises funds for the Heritage Foundation but also raises awareness of the important work being done to preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Williamson County.”

Senator Bill Frist, M.D. is a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader. Representing Tennessee in the U.S. Senate for 12 years, Senator Frist now serves as chairman of the Executive Council of health service investment firm Cressey & Company, is a founding partner of Frist Cressey Ventures, and serves as an adjunct professor of cardiac surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. His current board service includes The Nature Conservancy, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian, and the Kaiser Family Foundation.  In the private sector, he serves on the boards of Select Medical, Teladoc, AECOM and others.

Tracy Frist holds master’s degrees in creative and analytical writing from Hollins University. She’s taught K-12 students, where she studied and published on human animal bonding and behaviorism and taught undergraduate pre-service teachers at Purdue University. In addition, she is the founder, owner and operator of Sinking Creek Land and Cattle, LLC, a primarily women-run agricultural operation in southwestern Virginia. Frist has been active in social and economic development in Haiti, Cuba, China and Africa, working through the boards of The Nature Conservancy, Nashville Health Care Council, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. She currently serves on the boards of the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, Centerstone Tennessee and Hollins University. 

Tickets and tables will go on sale in August 2019. Sponsorship opportunities are available now; contact director of development and corporate relations Sean Sawyer at For more information about the Heritage Foundation and additional 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’s architectural, geographic and cultural heritage and 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 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 the county each year. The Heritage Foundation owns and operates The Franklin Theatre and has two other divisions including the Main Street Program, Downtown Franklin Association and Next Gen, a segment of its membership base for those aged 21-40. For more information about the Heritage Foundation, visit