On Aug. 5 and 6, BrightStone will host its 11th annual Bowlability fundraising event at Franklin Family Entertainment Center.
Known for fellowship and fun, Bowlability "strikes" the heart of those who like to combine supporting a good cause with a good time. Participants try to raise a minimum of $100, then gather to celebrate with a spirited bowling session.
This year's total event fundraising goal is $80,000, and, thanks to presenting sponsor, ALDI, 100% of every penny raised will 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," Terry Bridges, a BrightStone board member and team captain for last year's bowling team from HCA, said.
Teams, individual bowlers and event 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.
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 which is proudly displayed year round at the BrightStone main office on Southeast Parkway Court in Franklin.
Other "high rolling" fundraisers from last year included the teams Spare Necessities, Lord of the Pins and Sweet Rolls.
"While fundraising is definitely a major a goal of this event, the absolute most important thing for us to increase is awareness,” BrightStone Event Manager Kristi Perkins said. “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."