Patrons of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County gathered on Sept. 4 to honor the sponsors and table hosts who will make the 41st Annual Heritage Ball possible. The Ball will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park in Franklin, and will be a retrospective of all that the Foundation has accomplished—with a special spotlight on the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Franklin.
In its 41st year, the gala is Williamson County’s longest-running black tie event. The Sponsors’ Party, held at the magnificent Jasmine Grove home of Lucibeth and Brian Mayberry in downtown Franklin, recognized the major investments of local and national companies that will further spur historic preservation efforts.
The Ball is honored to have CapWealth Advisors, one of the state’s top wealth management firms, as a 2014 Patrons Sponsor. FirstBank, one of Tennessee’s largest community banks and a relatively new fixture on the downtown Franklin scene thanks to its renovated space at Five Points, is also a Patrons Sponsor for this year’s milestone event. In addition, Premier Sponsors include Alexander Automotive and SouthStar, LLC & Ovation.
“These businesses place a special emphasis on giving back to the community, and that philosophy is also the backbone of the Foundation’s mission,” said Torrey Barnhill, Heritage Ball coordinator. “We look to partner with like-minded leaders who understand the importance of our vision of saving each and every place that matters in Williamson County.”
Barnhill also referenced the Mayberrys’ contributions, and says the young couple is an indicator of both the Ball’s and the Foundation’s multi-generational involvement.
The Mayberrys’ three-story antebellum home, thought to be built around 1850, is the pair’s second downtown Franklin house to renovate in the context of historic preservation. The couple has turned the Civil War-era home—which was in a state of despair when purchased—into a representation of its original grandeur.
Lucibeth says they tapped in to the Foundation’s resources and expertise during the rehabilitation process, and have used the experience to educate their own young children on the importance of preservation.
“Our children are extremely connected to the community because they have a very strong sense of place. The house has given them that connection, even at their age,” Lucibeth says. “We believe we are stewards of this historic home. It’s a wonderful asset to the community, that a family home like this is still serving the purpose for which it was originally built.
“As a family, it’s become our thing together. My 8-year-old loves to give tours. His room’s window has a Civil War-era signature etched in the window.”
As the 80-plus attendees arrived at Jasmine Grove they were treated to bites by Sargent’s Catering and donated spirits from R.S. Lipman & Lipman Bros. The hand of Steve McLellan of Garden Delights crafted the flower arrangements in the sweeping backyard, and Southern Events donated party equipment.
In addition to the Patrons and Premier Sponsors, others include the Major Sponsors: Audi of Nashville, First Farmers and Merchants Bank, First Tennessee, Franklin Synergy Bank, Grand Avenue, Landmark Bank, Lipman Bros. & R.S. Lipman Company, Martin Foundation and Southern Events; as well as the Supporting Sponsors: A. Marshall Family Foods, Full Service Insurance, Inc., Embassy Suites Cool Springs, Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Tennessean/Williamson A.M., Williamson Herald/Southern Exposure Magazine, Westhaven Partners and YOUR Williamson.
For more information on the Ball, or to reserve a $375 ticket to the event, call Torrey Barnhill at 615-591-8500, ext. 20.
All proceeds from the Heritage Ball benefit the work of the Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.