Friends of Franklin Parks “Raised the Roof” with record-setting donations at annual fundraiser

Friends of Franklin Parks “Raised the Roof” with record-setting donations at annual fundraiser

PHOTO: An interscholastic polo match took place at Harlinsdale Farm on August 18, 2018, as part of Friends of Franklin Parks annual “Raise the Roofs” fundraiser. / David Braud Photography

The seventh-annual Friends of Franklin Parks “Raise the Roofs” fundraiser on August 18th was centered on the completion of the historic Main Barn at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm, and attendees delivered in a big way: approximately $260,000 in donations came in during the evening.

First was Mayor Ken and Linda Moore, who announced a $50,000 gift, quickly matched by Jackie and Barry Alexander, and then another $50,000 from Friends of Franklin Parks. Sponsorships were offered at $10,000 for stalls inside the Main Barn, and 11 of the 18 available were secured before the evening was through. Other opportunities are available at the $1,000 level.

“It was an incredible night for Harlinsdale and our larger mission,” said Friends of Franklin Parks President Adam Ballash, who chaired the event with his wife Natalie, and Michael and Ann Frances Barker. “Our chief objective was to raise the funds to get the barn open for use, and that’s now going to happen. We were also able to focus on other important initiatives, including a trailhead for the recently announced bridge over the Harpeth, which is a lynchpin for full connectivity with all of our city parks.”

David Braud Photography

More than 35 key sponsors and 17 local restaurants teamed up with the non-profit organization to produce the event, presented by the Moores and Randy Jones & Associates. Guests enjoyed cocktails and bites while watching a scholastic polo match before heading under the tent for the program. Afterward, People on the Porch played an after party near the Worker’s Houses, a teaser of their upcoming appearance at the Pilgrimage festival in September.

The restoration of the Main Barn provided the impetus for the inaugural Raise the Roofs event by Friends of Franklin Parks, when the roof was in danger of caving in. Proceeds from Raise the Roofs are targeted to fund a sprinkler system to protect the structure, and set the stage for further restoration and enhancements for our community to enjoy.

Participating purveyors and restaurants include Catering and Events by Suzette, Chuy’s, Circa, Elliston Place Soda Shop, Franklin Chop House, Jim ‘N Nick’s Community BBQ, Juice Bar Franklin, MafiaOza’s, Moonshine Gypsy’s Catering, Papa C’s Pies & Bakery, Padrino’s Pops, Publix, Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant, Scout’s Pub, Taziki’s and Triple Crown Bakery. Lipman provided beer, wine and cocktails for the event.

Platinum sponsors include 906 Studio Architects; Amy Cross Nance, Attorney at Law; Battle Ground Academy; Berry Farms; Boyle Investment Company; The Tyler Berry Group at B. Riley Wealth Management; Chartwell Hospitality; Civil Constructors; Cooper Steel; Franklin Synergy Bank; Jones Bros; Lee Company; the Parker McCoy Group at Morgan Stanley; the Retreat at Iron Horse; Stites & Harbison, PLLC; SunTrust Bank; and Tennessee Equine Hospital.

To learn more about Friends of Franklin Parks, visit

Mayor Ken Moore and Linda Moore, right, pose with the polo team./David Braud Photography

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