Much about the Heritage Ball has changed over the last four decades, but the mission of the seasoned tradition remains the same. Members of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County are every bit as focused on the importance of historic preservation here as they were in 1972.
This year, Coleman and Cathi Aycock of Franklin have been chosen to cast their vision and lead planning for Williamson County’s longest-running black tie event, to be held Saturday, Sept. 19th, 2015.
“We are honored to continue the Ball legacy that the ones who came before us brought to life,” Cathi Aycock said. “Living in Franklin for the past 26 years has given our family a greater appreciation for what this event represents. Franklin is a place that values, protects and preserves our cultural resources — but if it weren’t for the Heritage Foundation’s work, our community would not be the same shining jewel it is today.”
Coleman Aycock has been a commercial real estate broker for 30 years, currently specializing in Williamson County property with Urban Grout Commercial Real Estate. He has served as past president of SIOR for Middle and East Tennessee. Coleman is a past board member of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, former chairman of the advisory council for The Salvation Army, served on the board of the Williamson County Transportation Association and was a past ambassador on the Diversity Council.
Born and raised in Middle Tennessee, Cathi Aycock was a stay-at-home mom for several years before returning to the workplace to create a popular lifestyle brand as part of her role as the style columnist at The Tennessean.
Now, she acts as the director of marketing and communications at Homestead Manor in Thompson’s Station — A. Marshall Family Foods Inc.’s latest multi-layer hospitality concept that includes Harvest, a rustic Tuscany-inspired restaurant and bar slated to open in June. In addition, the Homestead property will house an on-site organic farm and orchard, a rustic event barn, a farmer’s market and more.
In recent years, Cathi has worked with organizations such as Mercy Community Healthcare, Friends of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Second Harvest Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity, and has volunteered in support of various events for the Heritage Foundation.
Together, the Aycocks have two children, Cole (21) and Claire (19), both of whom attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
“When we moved to Williamson County on our first wedding anniversary, we planned on staying a year or so, then moving on back to Nashville,” Cathi said. “But we fell in love with the people and the sense of place here. Fast forward over two decades, and we now hope to celebrate every wedding anniversary, through our 50th and beyond, in this amazing community.”
Though she brings many years of experience in marketing and event production to the table, Cathi says she really hopes to draw on her own first experience at the Heritage Ball for inspiration on the event she’s now chairing, two decades later.
“Coleman and I attended as young newlyweds, me in a borrowed gown. I fell in love with the glamour of the event and the people who were so passionate about the Foundation’s vision,” she said. “I hope to recreate that magical feeling within guests at the 42nd Annual Heritage Ball, with newly conceived ideas and modern touches.”
The 42nd Annual Heritage Ball will be held September 19th at the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park. To pre-purchase tickets or learn more, email Lynne McAlister at firstname.lastname@example.org.