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The Legacy Ball - Celebrating 125 Years

Saturday, June 17, 2023 

The Four Seasons Hotel

Nashville, Tennessee

Hosted By

Founding Chairs

Dr. LaDonna Y. Boyd

Dr.* and Mrs. T. B. Boyd III

2023 Legacy Ball Chairs

Drs. Joseph and Stephaine Walker

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin and Clarke Byard

Board of Directors

Dr. LaDonna Y. Boyd

Dr. Matthew Alix

Mrs. Yvette Boyd

Dr. David Groves

Ms. Veronica Marable Johnson

Dr. T. L. Brown

R.H. Boyd Family Endowment Fund Committee

Dr. LaDonna Y. Boyd

Mrs. Yvette Boyd

 Dr. Matthew Alix

Dr. Quaford Coleman

Mrs. Keri Floyd Kelly

Dr. Vanita Lytle-Sherrill

Atty. Wanda Wilson

Legacy Ball Host Committee

Mr. Justin Boyd
Ms. Shalae’ Boyd
Ms. Morgan DeBaun
Dr. & Mrs. George and Donetta Butler
Mr. & Mrs. Michael and Pamela Carter
Dr. & Mrs. André and Doretha Churchwell
Ms. Mignon François
Councilman Freddie O’Connell
The Honorable Howard Gentry
Dr. Michael Burcham & Mr. Hal Cato
Mr. & Mrs. Eddie and Taj George
Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover
Mr. & Mrs. Elde and DeLisa Guerrier
Mr. Kabir Singh Sandhu
Ms. Veronica Marable Johnson
Mr. Israel Idonije
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

Mr. Phil Thornton
Mrs. Evette White
Mr. Aole Ansari
Mr. & Mrs. Alfred and Tiffany Degrafinreid
Mr. & Mrs. Lonnell and Johari Matthews
Pastor Judy Johnson
Ms. Delbrita Greene
Atty. James Crumlin
Mrs. Memorie K. White
Ms. Tequila Johnson
Mr. & Mrs. Der’Ivan Kelly and Keri Kelly
Mr. Emmanuel LeGrair
Dr. Jasper B. Brewster
Mrs. Diana Dudas
Rev. Malcolm J. Byrd
Mr. & Mrs. Bill and Pam Martin
Mr. Daniel Weisman 

Pastor & Mrs. Breonus and Jacquita Mitchell
Ms. Lagra Newman
Mr. Robert C. Sherrill
Mr. Anthony O’Neal
Senator Charlane Oliver
Mr. Shannon Sanders
Mrs. Dee Patel
The Honorable Ian Conyers
Mrs. Barbara Patterson
Mr. Vincent Fuller II
Rev. L. David Punch
Mrs. Simone Sheats
Mr. & Mrs. Melvin and Linda Smith
Mr. Joshua Mundy
Mr. Mike Smith and Mr. Kelly Mason
Mr. & Mrs. Charles and Marie Sueing

Featured Entertainment

Kenny Lattimore


Comedian T.C. Cope


CoJo Ko Music


Rejoice School of Ballet


Miami Mundy


Purpose Preparatory
Ms. Lagra Newman

2023 R.H. Boyd Humanitarian Award 

Tennessee Representative 
Justin Jones 

2023 R.H. Boyd
Service Award

Tennessee State University
Aristocrat of Bands

2023 R.H. Boyd Excellence Award

Thank You To Our 2023 Legacy Ball Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Silver Sponsors

Meharry Medical College
Byard Family Legacy

Bronze Sponsors

Citizens Bank

Entertainment Co-Sponsors

Black Star Network
CoreCIvic Foundation
Wilson Bank & Trust
Providence TItle

Table Sponsors

Nashville Entrepreneur Center
Nashville Public Television
Nashville Electric Service
Pinnacle Financial Partners

Mrs. Yvette Boyd
Emerald Events

Tennessee Titans One Community

Gift Bag Co-Sponsors

Career Thrivers
Launch Tennessee

Society Sponsors

Fifth Third Bank
Career Thrivers
Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce
Rift Valley Holdings

Community Sponsors

Aviation Pediatric Dental
Creative Girls Rock
Karen Johnson Register of Deeds
Michael & Penny Lockhart

Mr. Leshuan and
Senator Charlane Oliver

Sean and
Candice Lee

Metro Nashville
Minority Caucus

Nashville (TN) Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Mission Dental
Renasant Bank

 Our 2022 Inaugural Legacy Ball Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Belmont University
Launch Tennessee
Meharry Medical College

Entertainment Sponsor

Nashville Music City
NPT Public Television
Pinnacle Financial Partbers

Table Sponsors

HarperCollins Christian

Community Sponsors

HarperCollins Christian

On Saturday, June 17, at the Four Seasons Hotel Nashville, R.H. Boyd hosted the second annual Legacy Ball. The concept of Dr. LaDonna Y. Boyd, fifth-generation President/CEO of the R.H. Boyd family of companies, this annual black-tie affair benefits the R.H. Boyd Family Endowment Fund through R.H. Boyd Company, a 501 (c)(3) organization, which provides scholarships and grants to university students and community organizations.

Since 1981, the R.H. Boyd Family Endowment Fund has given more than $500,000 in scholarships to students across the United States, helped numerous non-profit organizations further their missions, and given oversight to the Historic Boyd House renovation on the campus of Fisk University as it is converted to academic spaces for students.

“This company was founded by my great-great grandfather during a time when education was illegal for African Americans. We count it an honor to be able to offer scholarships to minority students who are seeking to advance themselves and the world around them,” said Dr. Boyd. “We know that this would not be possible without our community and humbly thank and celebrate them for their continued support of our mission, our work, and ultimately the students and organizations that we assist.”

The Legacy Ball was an evening filled with fine dining, fellowship with local and national leaders, live music, dancing, and more. Additionally, recipients of the R.H. Boyd Humanitarian, Service, and Excellence awards were recognized as well as recipients of endowment fund scholarships and grants.

Thank you to our numerous sponsors, donors, and attendees that helped make this night a sold-out success. If you would like to partner with us for the 2024 Legacy Ball, please contact events@rhboyd.com.

2023 Legacy Ball Commemorative Book