Judging by the incredible turnout for the 48th annual Heritage Ball, it was evident that Williamson County missed the beloved black-tie fundraiser last year. More than 700 guests filled the tents at Eastern Flank Battlefield Park to raise funds for the Heritage Foundation and the important historic preservation the organization oversees.
Co-chairs Shawne and Allen Sills worked closely with event planner Amos Gott to dream up a breathtaking and elegant night celebrating the beauty of nature. Amos, who has elevated the event to new heights in recent years, incorporated tall birch trees and lush floral arrangements, heavy on greenery mixed with soft white and coral hues, to transform the dinner tent into a natural wonderland. Gold chandeliers hung from the ceiling in the cocktail tent, which was adorned with oversized photographs of Williamson County’s pastoral landscapes.
It was a humid and rainy night outside, but guests didn’t seem to mind as they sipped wine, snacked on tasty hors d’œuvres from G Catering and sampled the evening’s signature cocktail, aptly named The Preservationist, which was a refreshing gin-based concoction blended with an apricot liqueur and amaro and accented with cranberry, lemon and Chinese five-spice bitters.
As guests were seated for the three-course dinner, President and CEO Bari Beasley and Shawne and Allen greeted the crowd with heartfelt thanks and appreciation. The program also honored fine art photographer Jack Spencer with the Tracy Frist Legacy Award, and Sondra Morris, the vice chair of Franklin Grove, with the Patron’s Award. Bari called this year’s Heritage Ball “one of the shining stars in the 48-year history of Williamson County’s grandest tradition.”
Following dinner, the crowd filled the dance floor as country artist Josh Turner took the stage and guests from the Next Gen Late Party joined the festivities. Uptown Live kept the music — and dancing — going well into the night, finishing off this “shining” evening on a bright note.