Bob Rudman and Connie Haley are this year’s Heritage Ball King and Queen.
When patrons and friends of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County gathered at the Red House to celebrate the sponsors of the 39th Annual Heritage Ball, two long-time supporters had no idea that they were about to become part of a royal family.
Bob Rudman and Connie Haley were named King and Queen of the Ball, respectively, in a time-honored tradition that recognizes volunteers who work tirelessly to advance the Heritage Foundation’s mission.
“Bob and Connie have given so much of their time and talents that, as volunteers, they have become an essential part of our staff,” said Mary Pearce, the Foundation’s executive director. “The truth is we couldn’t have accomplished half of our objectives this year without their assistance, and we are proud to recognize their many contributions.”
Rudman is a retired Johnson & Johnson marketing executive who moved with his wife Missy to Franklin in 2004 to be near their children and grandchildren. Over the course of the last seven years, he has been integral in the campaign to save the Franklin Theatre, as well as in organizing book signings, neighborhood socials and tours to introduce the Heritage Foundation to local residents. Bob’s professional demeanor and memorable smile have made quite an impression in downtown Franklin.
Connie serves as vice president of membership and development on the Foundation’s board of directors, and has also been a key component in the success of numerous events and projects. She works diligently to recruit new members, secure sponsorships for events and help however needed to advance the mission. She and her husband, Carl, have hosted events in their home, and she represents the kind of “hands on” leadership and enthusiasm that any non-profit would love to have in a board member.
Posted on: 9/12/2012