January 2015

STARS of the week – Sean and Elissa

Sean is a quiet guy with a great mischievous smile.  Some of his favorite things to do during his leisure time are listening to NSYNC, eating at J. Alexanders, watching movies and the LSU Tigers is his favorite sports team.  While at BrightStone he says he enjoys working in the paint room, learning activities on the computer, exercising, and field trips to Chick-Fil-A.  Way to go, Sean!

Elissa loves coming to BrightStone and it is evident by the way she greets everyone each morning.  She is a great friend and loves being a part of each work area and activity.  She enjoys shopping, helping out in the kitchen and LOVES Sonic hamburgers!  She is a pleasure to be around and adds so much to our day!  Congrats, Elissa!

STARS of the Week – Jennifer and Kim

Jennifer is a social butterfly which is a good thing because we need people like this at BrightStone to keep the spark of fun and excitement going. She has a great and infectious laugh that is sure to put a smile on your face. Jennifer says her favorite BrightStone activities include working in the paint room, bowling, computer activities, helping prepare lunch, and riding the exercise bike. Way to go, Miss Pewitt!! Kim is our gracious southern lady. She never meets a stranger and really enjoys going out and listening to music or eating at a restaurant. Kim's favorite BrightStone activities are working in the paint room, bowling, computer games, helping to serve lunch and yoga class. In Kim's leisure time at home she says she enjoys watching "Family Feud" in her PJs while drinking a cup of coffee. Congratulations, Kim!

STARS of the week! Kate and Don

Whenever you see Don, he will be wearing a black BrightStone hat. He is fond of his hat and has been wearing it for a while. We offered to give him a new one, but he likes his better, as it is broken in and fits just right! Don's favorite BrightStone activities are working in the paint room, bowling, helping cook lunch and participating in Yoga class. Congratulations, Don!

If you came to the BrightStone Christmas program you may have noticed what a good job Kate did playing the chimes during one of our songs. She was great! Kate always enjoys participating in all of our activities and says her favorites are working in the paint room, typing on the computer, helping cook lunch, going to Chick-fil-A, and doing stretching exercises. Way to go, Kate!

Ricky Skaggs to headline “Music That Touches the Heart” Benefit


FRANKLIN, TN—BrightStone’s 13th annual “Music That Touches the Heart” benefit will be held Tuesday, February 17, 2015 in Liberty Hall at the Factory in Franklin.  BrightStone is excited to announce that Ricky Skaggs will headline the event, and will be joined by additional local songwriter friends and performers to round out the musical 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.  “Through the years, BrightStone has been blessed with incredible community support,” stated Brenda Hauk, BrightStone Executive Director.  “We are thrilled that Ricky Skaggs will share his time and talent, and bring his friends, to provide a magical night of music to benefit BrightStone.” With 12 #1 hit singles, 14 GRAMMY® Awards, eleven IBMA Awards, eight ACM Awards and eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music.  Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows.  Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, continue to keep the tour trail red hot, performing more than 80 live dates each year.  He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums, eight of which went on to win the revered award.  And the Grand Ole Opry member has released his first-ever autobiography, "Kentucky Traveler."  The book details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of Country and Bluegrass music, as told by the master himself. Tickets for “Music That Touches the Heart” are $150 per person; tables of eight can be purchased for $1,200.  Patron tables are available for $3,000 and Sponsor tables are available for $6,000.  The evening will include dinner, an evening of music featuring Ricky Skaggs and friends, and a silent auction.  Reservations can be made online at brightstone.org, 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 February 10, 2014.  “This event has been known to fill up quickly,” says Tina Majors, Director of Fund Development for BrightStone.  “We encourage businesses and guests to make their reservations early!” BrightStone is a resource in the community providing  job training and life learning opportunities for adults who are developmentally and intellectually challenged.  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 (615) 790-4888 or by email at .  To learn more about BrightStone please visit our website at .         
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