PHOTO: Andy and Jan Marshall, right, receive the patron award from Heritage Foundation of Williamson County Executive Director Bari Beasley and President, David Garrett, during the 2018 Heritage Ball./Brooke Wanser
By BROOKE WANSER
Hundreds gathered at Eastern Flank Battle Field Park on a Saturday, a steamy September night, for the 45th Heritage Ball.
As the longest-running black-tie affair in Williamson County, the ball is also the Heritage Foundation’s top fundraising event. This year,
funds will primarily be used towards the purchase of the O’More College of Art and Design, which was recently purchased and merged with Belmont University.
At one of the top-ticket events in the county, cocktails, dinner and dancing are offered, in addition to a live and silent auction.
Prior to the event, sponsors had already raised $330,000, announced Heritage Foundation Executive Director Bari Beasley at a sponsor party last month.
Ball chair Emily Magid was also this year’s presenting sponsor. She embodied the tie-dye theme, tinging her signature purple-hued hair with aqua.
“Being the ball chair, I can tell you the work and sweat and toil that has gone into this has been amazing,” Magid said.
With the annual formal event came annual complaints about heat as 750 people mingled under a white tent outside.
“Last thing I want to say is, gentlemen, take your coats off, undo your ties; I want comfort!” Magid said to applause and cheers from the men in the room.
Check out photos from the affair below:
Breathtaking floral arrangements adorned a bar near the main entrance./Brooke Wanser
Sally Mink and Nate Flinck./Brooke Wanser
Guests mingled outside the tent on the muggy evening./Brooke Wanser
Patron Sponsors Barry and Jackie Alexander, left, with Jenny Jackson./Brooke Wanser
Gennette Norman with Wayne Clark./Brooke Wanser
From left: Southern Events co-owner Jill Cole, Summer Sheldon and Ginger Caldwell./Brooke Wanser
Ball chair Emily Magid, left, with Charlie Kaser./Brooke Wanser
From left: Dana Ausbrooks, Matt and Heather Williams, Steve and Diane Smith./Brooke Wanser
Franklin Theatre Board President Kelly Frey, left, with Patti Titus.
Ball King and Queen Jamey and Jennifer Parker with Bari Beasley and David Garrett./Brooke Wanser
Auction items ranged from tropical getaways to custom art to rare liquors./Brooke Wanser
Top auction items included a getaway in a luxury cabin in the Smokies and VIP passes to Pilgrimage Festival./Brooke Wanser
Williamson, Inc. President and CEO Matt Largen with Visit Franklin President and CEO Ellie Westman Chin./Brooke Wanser
Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson, left with Brenda and J. Edward Campbell./Brooke Wanser
The Atlanta Allstars got the crowd moving after the live auction./Brooke Wanser