BrightStone to Host Virtual Bowlability Event to Help Adults With Special Needs

BrightStone Bowlability
Team ALDI with BrightStone Student (center) and Top Fundraiser, Kellum Ferree (far right)

On August 11, BrightStone will host its 12th Annual Bowlability fundraising event online. From 12noon until 8pm, the non-profit will offer Facebook Live streams every hour to announce fundraising challenges and give away prizes for registered virtual bowlers.

Thanks to this year’s presenting sponsor, ALDI, 100% of every penny raised will directly benefit men and women who live each day with intellectual and developmental challenges in Middle Tennessee. And, thanks to generous sponsors and donors, the first $17,000 in donations that come in will be matched.

Known for fellowship and fun, Bowlability “strikes” the heart of those who like to combine family-friendly fun while supporting a good cause. Participants are encouraged to raise a minimum of $100 to help adults with special needs – and will receive an exclusive Bowlability T-shirt.

“While we won’t be gathering to bowl this year,” says Kristi Perkins, BrightStone’s Event Manager, “we will be getting together online throughout the day to celebrate a-bilities with fun activities and prizes. This virtual event will bring much needed awareness and income for BrightStone.”

To win recognition and prizes during the 8-hour long virtual event on August 11, virtual bowlers can register for free and form virtual teams at

Last year’s event raised over $87,000, which broke the all-time fundraising record for the event. The Top Fundraising Team was the “Gutter Busters” who raised over $14,000 and the Top Fundraising Individual was Kellum Ferree who raised over $7,900. In addition to awards and prizes, top fundraisers also get their name engraved on BrightStone’s golden pin trophy which is proudly displayed year-round at the BrightStone main office on Southeast Parkway Court in Franklin. Other “high rolling” fundraisers from last year include the teams, “Sweet Rolls,” “Lady Bells,” and “‘Olive’ to Bowl.”

“While fundraising is definitely a major goal of this event,” says Randy Elliott, BrightStone’s Director of Advancement, “every Bowlability participant who shares our mission with friends to encourage support also helps bring awareness about the amazing abilities of adults with special needs. Bowlability is about celebrating the diversity of people in our community, treating each other with dignity and respect, and in the process uplifting us all.”

About Bowlability
Bowlability is an annual fundraising event that allows friends, families, and co-workers of ALL abilities to team up in support of adults with special needs in their community. Participants join or form bowling teams, encourage others to learn about or support BrightStone, then celebrate the cause and their success. Learn more and register at

About BrightStone
BrightStone is a non-profit, 501(c)3, job training and life-long learning program for adults who live each day with intellectual and developmental challenges. BrightStone’s mission is to provide a comprehensive work, social support, and future residential community for adults with special needs, expanding their potential and helping them to develop mentally, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Learn more about BrightStone’s current program and future vision at


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