The Williamson County Heritage Foundation announced Monday that residents of Franklin Cordia and Tom Harrington will serve as ball chairs for this year’s annual Heritage Ball to be held at Eastern Flank Battlefield Park on Saturday, October 1.
“We are honored to announce that longtime Heritage Foundation supporters Cordia and Tom Harrington will serve as Ball Chairs for the Heritage Ball this year,” said Bari Beasley, President and CEO of the Heritage Foundation, by press release.
“They have hosted our Patron’s Day for the Heritage Ball three times already and we are delighted that they are taking this opportunity to further their commitment to the Heritage Foundation.”
Tom Harrington is a partner in Crown Bakeries (formerly Tennessee Bun Company), having co-founded the business in 1996 with his wife Cordia.
Crown Bakeries is a highly automated, high-speed bakery company that bakes more than 15 million baked goods daily and employs more than 1,500 people at nine bakeries across the United States, according to the release.
Prior to Tennessee Bun Company, Tom owned CT Harrington & Associates, a multi-state CPA firm.
The release says he has more than 30 years of experience assisting companies in making strategic financial decisions at all stages of development. Tom recently retired from his role as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Strategy Officer at Crown Bakeries. In 2021, Millikin University honored Tom with its Alumni Award, and he won Nashville Business Journal‘s CFO Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.
Tom has served as president of the local Rotary club, chairman of the board of Rocketown Ministries, and deacon at First Presbyterian Church Nashville. Currently, he serves on the boards of Millikin University and the Lee Company.
Cordia Harrington is CEO and co-founder of Crown Bakeries. Under her leadership, Crown Bakeries has received numerous awards, including 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned Businesses and Nashville Business Journal‘s Best in Business Award.
Cordia was ranked #93 on Forbes magazine’s 100 Richest Self-Made Women of 2020. That same year, the University of Arkansas awarded her an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Nashville Post named her CEO of the Year 2020 and she was included in their list of “Most Powerful Women” in 2021.
Currently, Cordia sits on the Board of Ascent Global Logistics, the Board of Global Crossing Airlines, the Advisory Board of Broadcrest Capital and the Board of Trustees of Belmont University.
She is past chair of the board of directors of the Chief Executives Organization and a member of the board of directors of the American Bakers Association (president-elect). Tom and Cordia enjoy their five children and eleven grandchildren. Four of the families live in Middle Tennessee.
They have supported the Heritage Foundation for 25 years.
“We are honored to host this extraordinary event,” said Cordia Harrington. “Friends and family make Williamson County a magical place to live!” We are grateful for the work of the Heritage Foundation to preserve this special community.
The Heritage Ball is the oldest black tie affair in Williamson County. Each year, approximately 700 guests gather to support and celebrate the work of the Heritage Foundation and to raise funds for future preservation projects. In addition to a seated dinner and dancing, the ball includes a cocktail reception and other fundraising opportunities.
Tickets and tables will go on sale in August. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact our Director of Advancement, Grant Martin at [email protected].
For more information on the Heritage Foundation and other preservation projects, visit www.WilliamsonHeritage.org.