PHOTO: Grays on Main and O Be Joyful owner Joni Cole with Heritage Ball presenting sponsor Emily Magid at the party on Thursday, August 10, 2018. //Brooke Wanser
By BROOKE WANSER
On Thursday evening, guests at the Heritage Ball’s sponsor party clapped when Heritage Foundation Executive Director Bari Beasley announced those in the room had raised $330,000 for the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
Held at patron sponsor Barry and Jackie Alexander’s renowned private car collection, the event featured small bites and the Heritage Ball’s two signature cocktails.
Grays on Main bar manager Kala Ellis dreamed up the two concoctions, which are made purple with a natural butterfly flower syrup, to match both the evening’s “Alice in Wonderland” theme and the ball’s tie-dye theme.
Both featuring brandy, the “Caterpillar” is more of a layered spritz, while the “Drink Me” is an indigo take on a Manhattan.
Guests also caught a sneak peek of auction items, including a 12-year Pappy Van Winkle whiskey and guitar signed by Trace Adkins.
Beasley spoke briefly to thank the many sponsors and event volunteers.
Emily Magid, the ball’s chair, is the presenting sponsor; other sponsors include Vanderbilt Health, Brookdale Senior Living, Southstar Development, CapWealth Advisors, Franklin Synergy Bank, and many more.
The ball’s king and queen were revealed for the first time: past event chairs Jamey and Jennifer Parker.
Andy and Jan Marshall, owners of A. Marshall Hospitality, received the patron award. The couple has been past ball chairs and presenting sponsors, as well as serving on the Downtown Franklin Association board.
“It’s really a record year in the dollars race,” Beasley told the Home Page. “Being a part of this from the very beginning, when Emily came in and we had our first conversations about this concept, it’s just been a phenomenal design team.”
Of the tie-dye theme, she assured attendees that the ball will still be an elegant event.
“For 45 years, it has been the oldest running black-tie event, and it remains that,” she said. “Think of color, sophistication, but fun. It’s going to be a glamorous night in Franklin, but it’s also going to have a lot of fun elements.”
Check out photos from the colorful pre-ball event below.