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Josh Turner named entertainer of Heritage Ball

Heritage Foundation hosts Heritage Ball Patron's Party

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Heritage Ball Patron's Party

The crowd at the Heritage Ball Patron's Party.

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County recently held the Heritage Ball Patron’s Party at the home of Senator Bill and Tracy Frist, and country legend Josh Turner was named entertainer for the Heritage Ball, presented by Vanderbilt Health.

The Heritage Ball will be held Saturday, Oct. 2 at Franklin’s Eastern Flank Battlefield Park.

Turner is one of country music’s most recognizable voices, selling more than 8.5 million units and amassing more than 3.2 billion global streams. He is best known for hits including “Long Black Train,” “Your Man” and “Would You Go with Me.” Turner joined the Patron’s Party on video to address the guests and express his enthusiasm and honor as being selected as the Heritage Ball entertainer this year.

Another evening highlight included Heritage Ball Chairs Dr. Allen Sills and Mrs. Shawne Sills presenting the Tracy Frist Legacy Award to award-winning and internationally recognized fine art photographer Jack Spencer. 

“The award is bestowed upon an individual who embodies the American spirit and whose body of work on a national or international level lifts up the efforts of historic preservation,” Allen Sills said. “Jack Spencer’s art speaks to preservationists today, giving his audience far beyond what the eye or camera can see.”

Tracy Frist is an active board member of the Heritage Foundation and nonprofit supporter, conservationist, horse person, writer, educator and agriculturist. 

The Patron’s Award was presented to Sondra Morris, who not only serves as the vice chair of Franklin Grove and as a member of the board of directors of the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, but she also is a lead donor for the foundation’s largest project, Franklin Grove Estate and Gardens.

“Sondra is an example of what makes our community so special,” Heritage Foundation Board Chair David Garrett said. “She is a volunteer, a donor and has spent countless hours working one on one with our amazing landscape architects to bring to life the vision of the gardens at Franklin Grove. She is passionate; she gives of her time, talent and resources, and most importantly, she gives of herself.”

McConnell Hospitality Group is serving as this year’s official drink sponsor of the ball. At the party, Beverage Director Chris Capaldi unveiled and served this year’s Heritage Ball signature drink, “The Preservationist,” made with Ford’s gin, Giffard Abricot du Roussillon, Galliano L’Aperitivo, cranberry, Chinese five-spice bitters and lemon.

The Heritage Ball is Williamson County’s longest-running black-tie fundraiser and typically attracts more than 800 guests to support and celebrate the work of the foundation while raising funds for future preservation projects. In addition to a cocktail reception, seated dinner and live entertainment, the ball will feature an online auction which launched during the Patron’s Party, a live auction and a Next Gen Late Party for young professionals along with other fundraising opportunities.

Tickets and tables for the 48th annual Heritage Ball, presented by Vanderbilt Health, are available online at Additionally, over 100 online auction items were made live for public bidding at

For information on underwriter and sponsorship opportunities, as well as becoming a table host, contact Melissa Houck, director of development, at

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