Phoenix Ball Presenting Sponsors Announced


Officials at Cumberland University announced this week that CedarStone Bank and Wilson County Motors are the presenting sponsors for the 34th annual Phoenix Ball. The premier black tie event will take place Saturday, June 3, at Cumberland University.

Pictured:  Rick and Necole Bell, 2017 Chairs for the Phoenix Ball; W.P. Bone; Susan and Bob McDonald.

What:  2017 Phoenix Ball
When:  Saturday, June 3
Where:  Cumberland University, Dallas Floyd Recreation Center
Sponsorship and ticket information:  615-547-1241 or
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CedarStone Bank has been in the Lebanon and Wilson County area for more than 10 years. The bank has a proud and long-standing tradition of maintaining close relationships with the clients and the communities it serves. Bob McDonald, the president/CEO of CedarStone Bank also sits on the Cumberland University board of trust as chairman.

Wilson County Motors is an award winning automotive dealership that has been serving the community since 1927. Along with being committed to delivering outstanding customer service and satisfaction to customers, the Bone family have deep roots in the community. Winstead Paine Bone was the sixth president of Cumberland University (1909-1914), and his great-grandson, Winstead Paine Bone III, currently serves as a member of the CU board of trust.

“CedarStone Bank is honored to help celebrate this year’s Phoenix Ball,” said McDonald. “Cumberland is a true asset to our community and this event is a wonderful opportunity to showcase all our university has to offer.”

Bone added, “Cumberland’s heritage has shaped not just the lives of countless graduates but also the United States. And while many statesmen and even Supreme Court Justices have been shaped at the university, the future is even brighter.  We have almost 2,000 full-time students heralding from 30 states and 29 countries. We have 180 of the finest faculty anywhere. Cumberland is a true leader in academics, athletics, ethics, and culture.  It’s impact on our community cannot be overstated.”

Only three sponsorships remain available.  For information on how you or your organization can become a sponsor please contact Ms. Camille Burdine 615-547-1241 or

Cumberland University has one of the longest, richest histories of any higher education institution in the state. Founded in 1842, the University flourishes today with exceptional faculty and fully-accredited academic programs steeped in the liberal arts, including three distinct schools: the Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions; the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts; and the Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business. With a student body approaching 2,000, 25 percent of whom live on campus, our unique residential living and learning experience allows students to find their sense of belonging. Athletics also are a strength of Cumberland University, as its teams in 20 sports regularly compete for conference and national championships. Its world-renowned baseball team has claimed the NAIA national championship title three times since 2004. At Cumberland University you can Learn What’s Possible!

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