The Polk Ball 2024

September 14, 2024

This year’s event, set for September 14, 2024 on the lawn at Historic Hamilton Place, is led by Polk Ball 2024 Chairs Mrs. John King (Neelley) and Mrs. Trey McNabb (Dolly) who are planning an exceptional gala as the Polk Association celebrates its 100th Anniversary. Guests will enjoy a majestic evening, including a formal dinner curated by Nashville’s Flavor Catering and entertainment by Birmingham’s Crystal Clear Band, known for their tight rhythms and great vocals.

By Invitation – Polk Association Membership Required. CLICK HERE to become a member!

Hamilton Place

Hamilton Place, a 2-story 1830s brick home sits in the middle of the photo. A brick walkway leads to the home. The sky is blue with white clouds. Leaves on trees on either side of the home are just starting to turn red.

Hamilton Place was built from 1829-1831 for Lucius Junius Polk, a distant cousin of President Polk’s. Lucius was one of four sons of Col. William Polk who established large plantations in the Ashwood community of Maury County. Today just Hamilton Place and Rattle & Snap remain, along with the family’s church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, that stood at the connection of the four properties. You can read more about Hamilton Place in the May/June 2024 Issue of Maury County Living. 

The Mission

The Polk Ball supports the mission of the President James K. Polk Memorial Association, which operates, maintains and preserves the Polk Home, its grounds, properties and collection. The Polk Home’s staff strives to educate the public about the life, times and legacy of James and Sarah Polk.

The Ball

The Polk Ball, one of Middle Tennessee’s premier charity events, is a black tie gala benefiting the James K. Polk Association. Founded in 1986 by Columbia natives Mrs. William Fleming (Sheila), Mrs. Don Crichton (Eva James) and Ms. Barbara Jackson, the Ball now in its 38th year, is a principal source of funding for the President James K. Polk Home and Museum.

A biennial event, the Ball includes an evening of elegant dining and dancing on the grounds of a selected Maury County historic home, and is attended by Polk members and their guests.

The Auction

A featured highlight of each Polk Ball is the Ball Auction which ensures additional funds for the operation of the President James K. Polk Home and Museum. Donors of extraordinary trips, experiences, art, and other treasures, along with the Auction committee, are greatly valued and appreciated for their dedication and support.

The Committee

Co-Chairs Neelley King & Dolly McNabb

Committee Chairs

Sarah Goins, Deonne Pannell, Melanie Lucas, Katie Ledbetter, Kat Patton, Kristi Martin, Connie Hardin, Jessica Sweeney, Russ Parkes, Blair Hickman, Liz Molder, Mary Marshall Jewell, Holly Dobbs, Jill Elkins, Jennifer Franks, Beth Patton, Beth Sands, Kendall, Jones, Chris Sockwell


Manifest Destiny



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