PHOTO: Some of the BrightStone students at last year’s Bowlability fundraiser // Photos submitted

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The Franklin nonprofit BrightStone will host its 11th Annual Bowlability fundraising event Aug. 5-6 at Franklin Family Entertainment Center, with a goal this year to raise $80,000 toward its mission.

Bowlability, which features teams competing against each other, is for those who like to combine supporting a good cause with a good time, according to a press release sent by the nonprofit. With support from the event’s presenting sponsor, Aldi, 100 percent of every penny raised will be used to directly benefit men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Middle Tennessee.

“Bowlability is one of the most rewarding and fun evenings you can have with friends and colleagues in support of a very special mission,” said Terry Bridges, a BrightStone board member and team captain for last year’s bowling team from HCA.

Teams, individual bowlers and even sponsors can register through July 29 at Bowlability.com, or by calling BrightStone at 615-790-4888. Registration costs $25 per bowler. Bowlers who raise $100 or more receive an exclusive Bowlability T-shirt at the event.

Last year’s event raised over $64,000. The top fundraising team was the Gutter Busters, who raised over $4,400, and the top fundraising individual was Kellum Ferree, who raised over $4,200. In addition to awards and prizes, top fundraisers also get their name engraved on BrightStone’s golden pin trophy that is displayed year-round at the BrightStone main office on Southeast Parkway Court in Franklin. Other high-rolling fundraisers from last year include the teams Spare Necessities, Lord of the Pins and Sweet Rolls.

“While fundraising is definitely a major goal of this event,” said Kristi Perkins, BrightStone’s event manager, “the absolute most important thing for us to increase is awareness. The men and women we serve have abilities to be recognized and celebrated. The real mission that fuels our job training and other programs is to treat all individuals with the dignity and respect they deserve. That’s what Bowlability is truly about — it’s about bringing the community together to uplift us all.”

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