Black Tie Affair is Feb. 2, featuring entertainment by The Shindellas and a tribute to Mary Pearce

Black Tie Affair is Feb. 2, featuring entertainment by The Shindellas and a tribute to Mary Pearce

ABOVE: The Shindellas. // LOUIS YORK MUSIC



Mary Pearce, former CEO of the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County and a founding member of  The African American Heritage Society, is being honored as the Honorary Chair of the 18th Annual Black Tie Affair, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at the Embassy Suites in Cool Springs.

According to an announcement from the AAHS, Pearce “has made many outstanding contributions to the success of the organization. AAHS appreciates the contributions Mrs. Pearce has made and are happy to bestow this honor to her.”

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Mary Pearce is a founding member of the African American Heritage Society. // FILE

The Shindellas, a female singing trio that has played at various venues throughout the USA and who sang at the 2018 Christmas
tree lighting event for the City of Franklin, will perform at the event.

This year’s theme is Preserve, Protect & Honor. Annual awards will be presented to individuals in the following categories:
education, business, civic, communication, religion, AAHS volunteer, organization and preservation. Another segment of the program is to give certificates to a Pioneer Family in Williamson County. To receive this designation the family roots have to be traced back to 1850 or beyond. This year’s Pioneer Family is the Claybrooks family.

Sponsors for this year’s event are Williamson Medical Center and Crowder Trucking as co-presenting sponsors, Williamson Real Estate, Let It Shine Gymnastics, Vanderbilt University, Franklin Synergy Bank, Animalia: Aubrey Preston & Dr. Michele Preston, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mercy Community Healthcare, Buerger, Moseley & Carson, Carbine & Associates, Cherry Grove Development Co. and John and Marianne Schroer.

Media sponsors are Franklin/Brentwood Home Page, Southern Exposure, Tennessean, Tennessee Tribune, Your Williamson, WAKM and Williamson Herald.

The Black Tie Affair is a fundraiser that supports the McLemore House Museum; home of former slave Harvey McLemore, who built the home as a free man and which is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The event also supports the African American Heritage Society, whose mission is to chronicle the lives and contributions African Americans have made in our community.

Social hour for the “Black Tie Affair” begins at 6 p.m. with a cash bar; the program begins promptly at 7 p.m.  Immediately following the program, there will be music and dancing by Julius Fisher and the Genius Band until 11 p.m.

Tickets to the event are sold out. To make a donation for the annual fundraiser, make checks payable to African American Heritage Society, P. O. Box 1053, Franklin, TN 37065.

Coming up also is the 10th Annual Proc’s Amateur Show, the pre-Black Tie Event,  at 6 p.m., on Saturday, January 19, at Johnson Elementary School, 815 Glass Ln., Franklin. Admission to that event is $5 for adults, $3 for 12 and under; children five and under are free. No advance tickets required. Attendees will pay at the door. Moe Better BBQ & Fish will be selling food. The actual show will still begin at 6 p.m. but doors will open at 5:15 so guests can have dinner before the show. Food will also be available during the show.

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