BrightStone’s 16th Annual “Music That Touches the Heart” benefit held February 21st in Liberty Hall at the Factory at Franklin, featured Michael W. Smith, who performed along with several other award winning songwriters including Gordon Kennedy, Rob Arthur, Saul Zonana, Tim Nichols, and Neil Thrasher.

BrightStone would like to thank the hundreds of community members who came in support of this important fundraising benefit. With Rudy Kalis serving as emcee and introducing such high caliber performers, one audience member regarded this as, “the best BrightStone Songwriters Night yet.”

This year’s benefit raised $117,302 to be used to help adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities throughout Middle Tennessee to have a post-secondary evironment where they can receive job training and life enhancing opportunities.

All proceeds benefit the adults who attend BrightStone and live each day with intellectual and developmental challenges. BrigthStone’s mission is to provide a comprehensive work, social support, and residential community for adults with special needs, expanding their potential and helping them develop mentally, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. To learn more about BrightStone and their vision, please visit or call 615-790-4888.