January 2013

Coffee Time

There will be a dutch treat Coffee Time for family members and caregivers on Wednesday, January 30th, at Shoney's on Murfreesboro Road in Franklin.   Please gather immediately following morning drop-off, around 8:30 to 8:45.

STARS of the Week–Tammy and Elissa

Tammy is a hard worker and enjoys our BrightStone activities, but what she likes the most is the people interaction.  Tammy is very social and enjoys sharing with all of us about the many activities she is involved in.  She told us that her favorite BrightStone activities are working in the paint room, bowling, computer activities, playing ball at the YMCA and helping serve lunch.   Elissa is a good worker and always wants to finish her task.  That is a good work quality!  As you may have noticed in the Christmas program, she is a good dancer and loves to perform.  Elissa is fun to have around and says her BrightStone favorites include working in the paint room, grocery shopping, helping prepare lunch, and computer activities.

Trace Adkins to Headline February 21st Songwriter’s Night

BrightStone’s 11th Annual “Music That Touches the Heart” benefit will be held on Thursday evening, February 21, 2013 in Liberty Hall at the Factory at Franklin.  The evening will feature BrightStone friend, Trace Adkins. “This year will hold several ‘firsts’ for us,” stated Brenda Hauk, Executive Director.  “This is our first year under the leadership of Event Chair, Regg Swanson, as he graciously initiates our 11th Songwriters Night with a tribute to Dr. Craig Ferrell, who was our beloved founder of Songwriters Night and served as event chair for its first ten years.  We welcome Regg as our new event chair and are so grateful for his leadership.  And we are thrilled to announce that for the first time ever we welcome presenting sponsors STAR PT and Vanderbilt Bone & Joint.  We appreciate their commitment and support of BrightStone’s mission.  It will be an extra special evening!” Trace Adkins is one of Country music's most versatile and accomplished entertainers.  A member of the Grand Ole Opry, he has released ten studio albums, three greatest hits packages, thirty chart singles. He has racked up four Grammy nominations, five ACM and CMT awards. Trace has made his mark as a TV and film actor, a voiceover artist, an author, a social commentator, a participant on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice — and even the inspiration for a series of comic books.  He gives of his time and talent to help many less fortunate. Reservations for “Music That Touches the Heart” are $125 per person; tables of eight can be purchased for $1,000. Patron Tables are available for $2,500 and Sponsor Tables are available for $5,000.   The evening will include dinner, an evening of music featuring Trace Adkins and friends, and a silent auction. Reservations are available online at brightstone.org, by phone (615-790-4888), and through the mail (P.O. Box 682966, Franklin, TN 37068). Seats and tables can be purchased through February 14 or until space is filled. “Music That Touches the Heart” is a yearly benefit that features outstanding performers in an intimate setting. Funds raised from the evening support BrightStone’s adults who live each day with developmental disabilities.  

STARS OF THE WEEK–Stephanie & Bobby

Stephanie is a real trooper!  She had surgery on her right leg the first of November and had a cast on for several weeks.  She only missed 2 weeks of BrightStone!  It did not stop her from playing her part in the Christmas program and you may have even noticed her walker.  She is doing great now!  Stephanie enjoys lots of our activities but her favorites are stretching exercises, working in mixes, grocery shopping and computer activities. Bobby did a great job as the Little Drummer Boy in the Christmas program.  Walking down the center aisle and beating the drum at just the right time was a hard job.  We are proud of him and all of our students for the wonderful job they did.  Bobby's BrightStone favorite list includes walking for exercise, working in ceramics, bowling and computer activities.

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