February 2013

STARS of the Week–Tara and Don

Tara is a very loving and caring young lady.  She has become attached to her friends at BrightStone and is not happy when they are not here or when she has to miss.  Tara takes her work seriously and says mixes are her favorite work area.  Her other favorite BrightStone activities include computer, helping serve lunch, walking for exercise and our occasional trips to Chick-Fil-A. Don likes to wear retro t-shirts and comes in most every morning with a big smile pointing to his fun shirt.  The Dukes of Hazzard seems to be his favorite, probably because that is his favorite TV show.  During his time at BrightStone Don says he enjoys painting, playing basketball, bowling, and helping cook lunch.  

BrightStone’s 11th Annual “Music That Touches the Heart” Announces Final Line-Up!

BrightStone’s 11th Annual “Music That Touches the Heart” benefit, set for Thursday evening, February 21, 2013 in Liberty Hall at the Factory at Franklin, announces the final line-up. BrightStone’s friend and renowned entertainer, Trace Adkins, will highlight the benefit as he takes the stage with musicians Jon Coleman, Mark Gillespie, and Brian Wooten, to present an unforgettable evening of country’s best. Trace has invited some of his outstanding singer/songwriters friends consisting of Kenny Beard, Monty Criswell, Ed Hill, and Don Poythress who will entertain the audience with some of their award winning favorites. Jim Hayden will begin the evening with musical selections for the enjoyment of the guests during dinner, followed by the music of Case & the Common Folk, a fairly new, young Nashville-based band consisting of Andrew Case, Charles Myers, Bennett Burnside, Chipper Hammond, Colton Hammond, Grayson Propst, and Jake Martin. The evening also includes a full buffet dinner provided by A Dream Come True Catering, and a silent auction featuring great deals.  Co-presenting sponsors for this year’s event include STAR Physical Therapy and Vanderbilt Bone & Joint. “Music That Touches the Heart” is a yearly benefit that features outstanding performers in an intimate setting.  With over 650 reservations, this year’s event has SOLD OUT, but a waiting list has been started.  Funds raised from the evening support Middle Tennessee adults who live each day with developmental disabilities and their families. BrightStone is a resource in the community providing job training and employment opportunities for adults who are developmentally disabled. If you are interested in learning more or have any questions regarding Music That Touches the Heart, please contact Tina Majors, Director of Fund Development, by phone at 790-4888 or by email at tina.majors@brightstone.org. To learn more about BrightStone, visit .

STARS of the Week–Adam and Kelly

Adam is one of our newest students and if you want to have a conversation with him, sports would be his favorite topic.  He recently went to the snowboarding Special Olympics in Gatlinburg and came back with 2 gold medals around his neck.  Wow, that is amazing!  His favorite BrightStone activities include painting, computer, basketball and helping serve lunch. Kelly is a good sport and is always ready for her day at BrightStone.  We have often heard her say, "It's time to go home already?"  She would come 7 days a week!  It is so wonderful that she has something in her life she enjoys that much. Kelly says her favorite BrightStone favorites are mixes, walking for exercise, going to the library, helping cook lunch and computer activities.

STARS of the Week–Catherine and Philip

Catherine is excited about life!  She is one of BrightStone's social butterflies, always happy and friendly.  From her first day at BrightStone it was like she had known us all of her life!  Her favorite BrightStone activities are working in ceramics, walking, computer activities, helping cook lunch and getting a snack at Chick-Fil-A. Most everyone knows the Philip is our number one BrightStone gentleman.  He always says "ladies first" after blowing a kiss.  He has the most beautiful smile and does his best to enjoy life.  Philip's BrightStone favorites include working in ceramics, saying the prayer before lunch and computer activities.  Philip enjoys swimming and eating at O'Charley's in his leisure time.

STARS of the Week (Feb 1)–Ali and Kim

Ali has a great smile and he has been smiling a lot lately because his father is here visiting!  His father's job is not in Tennessee, so when he comes for visits Ali is thrilled.  When he is at BrightStone, Ali says his favorite activities include working in consumables, bowling, helping serve lunch and playing ball at the YMCA. Kim is a friendly lady who quickly tells each person she meets her name and that she loves coming to BrightStone.   She enjoys music and dancing and has a great sense of humor.  Her BrightStone favorites are working in the paint room, bowling, worksheets in the learning lab and bowling.

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