Photos by Rachael Long
By RACHAEL LONG
Just over a month into the new year, the City of Brentwood hosted a gathering at the Martin Center to recognize 50th Anniversary sponsors and kick off 2019’s celebratory events.
The Martin Center was a who’s who of Brentwood Tuesday night, as donors, city leaders and state representatives filled the multipurpose room, celebrating the beginning of a historic year.
Mayor Jill Burgin — a member of the 50th Anniversary Ad-Hoc Steering Committee — welcomed guests and invited steering committee chairperson Vicki Sanford to introduce the kickoff event.
“What we have been tasked with this year is creating a year of celebration for the City of Brentwood,” Sanford said, referring to the steering committee’s responsibility in 2019. “This is just the tip of the iceberg, we have still got so much to do.”
Committee fundraising chair Jodi Rall soon took the microphone to lead the evening’s recognitions. Rall walked through each donor level, inviting some donors to speak as the event progressed.
Tractor Supply is the city’s 50th Anniversary presenting sponsor, and the company’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources Chad Frazell spoke on behalf of the company.
“We are thrilled to serve as the presenting sponsor for this year-long celebration as we honor Brentwood’s past and exciting future,” Frazell said. “When we think about our community, the Brentwood area has deep historical roots and has helped to make the Middle Tennessee region what it is today.”
Recognized at the platinum level ($15,000 donation) were Andrews Transportation Group, Brentwood Academy, Brookdale Senior Living and LBMC Business Consultants. The Hill Center Brentwood was recognized as a gold level sponsor ($10,000 donation).
Others recognized at the event ($5,000 donations or less) include the following: Brentwood Hearing Center, Gresham Smith, Grove Park Construction, Kaplan Ventures, Dolores and Ken Kaplan, Pinnacle Bank, Reliant Bank, State Volunteer Mutual Insurance, TMPartners, Twice Daily/Tri Star Energy, Smith Seckman Reid, Inc., YMCA, Uncle Classic Barbershop and Zeitlin Realty.
Media sponsors include Brentwood Home Page, Williamson Source, Williamson Herald, Brentwood Lifestyles, and Your Williamson.
After all the recognitions were finished, guests were invited to eat, drink and mingle as the event began to wrap up for the evening.
Before it was all over, City Commissioner Betsey Crossley distributed slices of a custom-designed anniversary cake.
On their way out, sponsors were invited to take selfies in front of a 50th anniversary photo backdrop and were given 50th-inspired cookies from Brentwood-based Puffy Muffin bakery.
They were also gifted a special canvas watercolor map of Brentwood, commissioned by the city for its 50th year from a local graphic designer Jennifer Brittain. The city plans to sell prints of the watercolor map at a later date.
One thing was clear to all those in attendance: every detail of this, the first of the city’s many celebratory events, had been carefully and meticulously planned.
And while guests commented all evening long on the event’s success, the volunteers who put it together know it is just the beginning.
“We look forward to an exciting, fun birthday year,” Sanford said. “And guess what? Everybody in this room is invited to come along with us.”