March 2014

Williamson Medical Center presents STARS of the Week – Catherine and Kelly M!

Catherine is one of our social butterflies at BrightStone. She is all about talking, going and doing! One of her fashion trademarks is wearing sunglasses. She has lots of pairs to choose from and wears them every day. Catherine says her favorite BrightStone activities are working in consumables, helping cook lunch, stretching exercises and memory games.

Kelly loves coming to BrightStone and is never ready to leave. At the end of the day you can hear her say "It's 3:30 already?" She then begins to tell everyone goodbye as if she won't see us for a long time. It makes our hearts smile to know how much she loves being here! Kelly seems to enjoy all of our activities, but her favorites are working in consumables, going grocery shopping, riding the exercise bike, learning new computer skills, and helping cook lunch.

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12th Annual “Music That Touches the Heart” to feature Lee Greenwood and friends

BrightStone’s 12th Annual “Music That Touches the Heart” benefit will be held Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in Liberty Hall at the Factory in Franklin.  BrightStone is thrilled to announce that Lee Greenwood and friends will be the entertainment for the evening. “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.  “BrightStone has been so blessed in previous years by the incredible support from our community, student families, and friends of BrightStone,” stated Brenda Hauk, BrightStone Executive Director.  “We are very excited that Lee Greenwood and his friends will bring another magical night to benefit BrightStone.”  Lee Greenwood has won numerous industry awards including Male Vocalist of the Year for the Academy of Country Music, two Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the Country Music Association, and a Grammy for Top Male Vocal Performance.  He is best known for his song “God Bless the U.S.A.” which has been voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America.  Greenwood is also the author of “Does God Still Bless the USA.”  Tickets 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 Lee Greenwood and friends and a silent auction.  Reservations can be made online  , by phone  (615) 790-4888, and through the mail (P.O. Box 682966, Franklin, TN  37068).  Seats and tables are limited and can be purchased through April 8, 2014.  

Williamson Medical Center presents STARS of the Week–Stephanie and Barbra!

Stephanie is one of our most dedicated workers at BrightStone.  She always does her best!  Her favorite activities at BrightStone are walking with her exercise group, working in ceramics, bowling, and helping serve lunch.  During her leisure time she enjoys playing with her dogs, Max and Daisy, eating at O'Charley's and listening to the Beach Boys.

Barbra is a delightful young lady and always has a smile on her face when she steps off the bus.  Barbra's favorite activities while at BrightStone are  working in the paint room, riding the exercise bike, bowling, learning new computer skills and helping cook lunch.  In her leisure time she enjoys playing with her dog, Patty, eating at Chuy's and watching American Idol.

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ALONG THE JOURNEY– Part Two– BrightStone, LiveSaver and LifeGiver

Since March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, BrightStone will be sharing a 4-part series each week focusing on family experiences and solutions for their adult living with developmental disabilities.

BrightStone, LifeSaver and LifeGiver

Jock's attending BrightStone has been my dream ever since I heard that Brenda Hauk was realizing her mission of providing services to the adult special needs population in our area.  Having known Brenda and Dru Victory at Franklin High School, I was certain that both of them were wonderfully sensitive, qualified people to head up this venture. My son, Jock, began attending BrightStone on March 1, 2004.  I realized then that Jock had great potential for learning if only a teacher knew how to develop that potential.  Brenda and her staff are extremely capable of bringing out the very best in each BrightStone student.  BrightStone is by far the best vocational training environment in Tennessee.  Continue reading »

VOTE for BrightStone during First Tennessee’s 150 Days of Giving!

First Tennessee Bank, one of our community partners, will be 150 years old on March 25.  To celebrate their long tradition of serving communities, the First Tennessee Foundation will give away $5,000 to a different nonprofit every day for 150 days!   The giving begins on March 25, but voting is now open! To vote for BrightStone, visit   and search for BrightStone.  Then simply click on the block with our name on it.  No registration needed, no donation required.  Just a second of your time! We need for you to vote EVERY day, from EVERY device--phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, etc. from now through August 21st!   YOU can make it possible for us to receive $5000 to help provide educational and training services for our adults with special needs. We are counting on you!  PLEASE VOTE! To learn more about First Tennessee's 150 Days of Giving Campaign, watch their video here --AFTER YOU'VE VOTED!  

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