The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County hosted its 46th annual Heritage Ball on Saturday at Eastern Flank Battle Field Park in Franklin.
Former Sen. Bill Frist and wife Tracy saw their vision come to life as this year’s ball theme of “Discovery — discover our past, our present and our future” unfolded.
As hundreds gathered and sat down for dinner, guests were treated to performances from Native American dancers, Old Towne Brass drummers and the Fisk Jubilee Singers. All elements of the ball were tied into the theme of “Discovery.”
Country music legend Kix Brooks of the duo Brooks and Dunn took to the stage and sang several of his chart-topping hits, such as “Red Dirt Road” and “Only in America.” Fellow country legend Reba McEntire also made a surprise appearance and joined Brooks on stage for a few songs.
The inaugural Tracy Frist Legacy Award was given to Dayton Duncan, who is a writer and producer known for his work with Ken Burns on the docuseries “Country Music.”
Inspired by history and preservation trailblazers throughout the Heritage Foundation’s history, the Frists honor these acts through their creation of the foundation’s new award.
Franklin Grove announcement
Heritage Foundation CEO Bari Beasley revealed to the crowd a “very generous gift” was given to the foundation by longtime Franklin residents Gordon and Shaun Inman towards building a conservatory at Franklin Grove Estate and Gardens.
In February, the Heritage Foundation announced it had closed on the former O’More campus for $6 million.
“Gordon and Shaun, you have made a lasting impact on the city of Franklin, and we’re so grateful, thank you,” Beasley said.