May 2013

Williamson Medical Center presents the STARS of the Week–Tara and Kim

Tara is a people person and is very attached to her BrightStone friends.  She really doesn't like to miss a minute of our activities!  Her BrightStone favorites are working in the paint room, learning programs on the computer, helping cook lunch, Yoga class, going to Chick-Fil-A for a snack and visits from the therapy dogs. Kim has just returned from a vacation to Gatlinburg.  One of the highlights of her trip was a drive over to Cades Cove.  They saw a mama bear and  two cubs, lots of deer, wild turkeys and a really big coyote.  Wow, what an adventure!  When Kim is at BrightStone her list of favorite activities include working in the paint room, bowling, riding the exercise bike and helping cook lunch.  

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BrightStone Honors Volunteers at Annual Luncheon

BrightStone recently held its annual Volunteer luncheon to honor over 130 individuals who have volunteered their time and service to BrightStone within the past year. The luncheon, which was held at BrightStone, included a delicious lunch catered by Chuy’s and a performance by the BrightStone Choir.  Attendees were recognized for their volunteer efforts in the areas of direct services, special events, Board of Directors and committee leadership, and student product finishing. Each year, BrightStone recognizes select individuals that go above and beyond volunteering their time, service and show tremendous dedication to BrightStone.  This year’s honorees were Lisa Hasty and Laura Hill. Lisa has volunteered as a teacher’s assistant one day each week for the past 9 years. Her skills in ceramics and her obvious commitment and concern for BrightStone adults have made her a valued assistant in the job training center.  Lisa and her family live in Franklin. Laura has given her time and talent to BrightStone for the past 11 years.  She has produced and been the Master of Ceremonies for BrightStone’s annual Songwriter’s Night Benefit, “Music That Touches the Heart,” each year since its beginning.  She also served on BrightStone’s Board of Directors.  Laura and her family live in Leiper’s Fork. “Our volunteers are the heart and soul of BrightStone and we are so grateful for them,” shared Executive Director and Founder, Brenda Hauk.  “We are blessed to have such dedicated and talented volunteers who help us everyday enrich the lives of these precious adults who live with special needs.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-May 20, 2013                                                               BrightStone was recently awarded $5,000 from the International Door Association, as a result of being selected as the recipient of the IDA Tancil Horne Charity Award. The 2013 IDAExpo was recently held at the Opryland Convention Center.  This year’s theme throughout the four days of exhibitions and workshops was “Tune in For Education”.  Each year, a local charity is selected to be the recipient of the Charity Award, which not only provides funding, but also provides an opportunity to participate in the exhibition with a booth.  BrightStone staff and adults assisted with the BrightStone booth over the final two days of the convention, showcasing and selling BrightStone products and distributing information about BrightStone. During the Opening Session, BrightStone’s Executive Director Brenda Hauk, accompanied by student Adam Finlan, were presented with a $5,000 check to help further the mission of BrightStone.  Earlier in the week, representatives from the IDA Board of Directors visited BrightStone to learn more about BrightStone’s program and belief that EVERY person can learn and work.  “We are so thankful for the awareness and support that come our way through community partnerships,” stated Mrs. Hauk.  “The IDAExpo was a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase BrightStone among many attendees from throughout the country.”

Williamson Medical Center Presents the STARS of the Week-Catherine and Justin

Catherine is a happy young lady who is very outgoing and never meets a stranger.  I hope that everyone saw her in her elf costume for the Franklin Christmas Parade last December!  She was a perfect energetic elf!  Her BrightStone favorites are working in the consumables room, grocery shopping, computer activities, playing basketball at the YMCA and saying the prayer before lunch. You often read or hear quotes by wise famous people.  At BrightStone, we have Justin, who freely gives out pearls of wisdom!  I wish we had written them all down, as we would have quite a collection!  Just in really into all of our BrightStone activities but his favorites are working in ceramics, computer activities, bowling, playing basketball at the YMCA and helping serve lunch.  Justin keeps us on our toes!

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Williamson Medical Center presents the STARS of the Week–Stephen and Ali

Stephen being selected "Star of the Week" just gave him one more thing to smile about this week, as we celebrated his birthday today.  Stephen is a happy guy and enjoys visiting with his many friends at BrightStone.   Stephen's favorite work area is ceramics and his other favorite BrightStone activities include learning activities on the computer, bowling, playing basketball at the YMCA and helping serve lunch. A good word to describe Ali is friendly!  He is always the first to extend his hand when meeting new people.  Ali has a fun personality and often enjoys dressing up for holidays.  On his birthday he looked so handsome in his shirt and tie and a fun birthday hat--don't you agree?  Ali's BrightStone favorites are working in ceramics, computer activities, shopping at Walmart and playing ball at the YMCA.  Fish sticks are his favorite BrightStone lunch!

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