5 ways to give back this month in the Franklin area

Proceeds from the Quarry Crusher Run will benefit BrightStone. Courtesy Quarry Crusher Run

Proceeds from the Quarry Crusher Run will benefit BrightStone. Courtesy Quarry Crusher Run

Looking for a few ways to do good in the community? Take look at some of the events being hosted by nonprofits this month.

Nov. 9

Tackle the Quarry Crusher Run

The annual Quarry Crusher run, hosted by Vulcan Materials, features a 3.6-mile walk/run on a challenging limestone surface. Proceeds will benefit BrightStone, a Franklin-area nonprofit that works to provide life skills and continued education to people with developmental disabilities. 6:30 a.m. $40-$50. Franklin Quarry, 1001 Downs Blvd., Franklin. www.quarrycrusherrun.com

Nov. 9

Sips some spirits for a cause

Leiper’s Fork Distillery hosts the fifth annual Bourbon Bash, featuring spirits from Tennesee and Kentucky bourbon distilleries, live music, food and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Green Beret Foundation, which aims to help wounded or ill special forces military members. 6-9 p.m. $100. Leiper’s Fork Distillery, 3381 Southall Road, Franklin. www.facebook.com/thebourbonbash

Nov. 9

Find a local nonprofit to work with

Franklin Tomorrow ends its annual On the Table events with Engage Franklin, a nonprofit and volunteer fair where residents and community members can meet local nonprofit representatives and find ways to get involved. Participating nonprofits include Williamson County Animal Shelter, United Way of Greater Nashville, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, OneGen Away, Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County, High Hopes Development Center, Morning Pointe of Franklin, Friends of Franklin Parks, Mercy Community Healthcare, Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee, Erika's Safe Place, Harpeth Conservancy, Greater Nashville FCA, and Children's Kindness Network. 9-11 a.m. Free. Columbia State Community College, 1228 Liberty Pike, Franklin. RSVP here.

Nov. 22

Enjoy live music and help fight lung cancer

The Huff Project and the Williamson Medical Center host the second annual Songwriters Night to help raise money for lung cancer research. Founded by Williamson County native Stephen Huff, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2018, the event features two rounds of songwriter performances as well as food and drinks. 6 p.m. $50-$125. The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin. www.thehuffproject.org

Nov. 28

Make room for food at a Thanksgiving Day run

The 20th annual Turkey Trot returns to Franklin on the morning of Thanksgiving. The annual 10K, 5K and 1K benefits local nonprofit Graceworks Ministries Inc. Awards will be given in various ages and ranges. Parking will be located in and around the Cool Springs Galleria. 6:15 a.m. (registration begins). $13-$45. Cool Springs Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. www.graceworksministries.net/2019-turkey-trot-benefiting-graceworks
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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