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Senator Bill and Tracy Frist

Senator Bill and Tracy Frist have been announced as Ball Chairs of the 2019 Heritage Ball.

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County announced Senator Bill and Tracy Frist as Ball Chairs for the 46thannual 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,” Bari Beasley, CEO of the Heritage Foundation, said. “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. 

 “We look forward to serving as chairs of the 46th annual Heritage Ball,” Tracy Frist said. “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, he 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. 

Tracy 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 for more information at

For more information about the Heritage Foundation and additional preservation projects, visit

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