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Donelson Non-Profit News - March 2020

Come visit Two Rivers Mansion on Sunday, March 15th from 1pm – 4pm for the annual Open House – “Phil the House with Arts and Friends”.  Admission is Free.  The artist spotlight this year is Randy Purcell.  This event is hosted by the Friends of Two Rivers Mansion.  Please consider becoming a member and supporting this wonderful group who continue to showcase this historic gem in our community.  Many events become free with membership.

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Donelson Non-Profit News - February 2020

I recently enjoyed my visit with Community Options, a non-profit supporting people with disabilities for over 30 years.  They’re located here in District 15 and do great work to ensure our neighbors with disabilities have affordable housing and the care they need.  Thanks to Executive Director Meika McClendon for the time spent with me and also giving me a tour of one of their homes.  Please visit their website above to learn more about them and how you can get involved.

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Donelson Non-Profit News - January 2020

The Hip Donelson Farmer’s Market continues to have their Winter Market every 1st, 3rd and 5th Friday through April at The Donelson Fellowship.

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Non-Profit Donelson News - November 2019

Big congrats to Lisa Maddox, who is our new Director of FiftyForward Donelson Station.  Lisa is a fantastic leader at the center and her energy and passion for FiftyForward’s mission can be seen and felt each and every day.  Thank you, Lisa and congrats on this very well deserved promotion!  Lisa is seen here with Mark and Kevin with Donelson Café & Catering during the recent Casino Night fundraiser.

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Donelson Non-Profit - August 2019

Hip Donelson celebrates our 10th Anniversary!  It’s been one of the most extraordinary community efforts I’ve ever been involved with and I don’t believe when Andrew Bradley created it, did he, Frank Trew or I ever think it would become what it’s become today thanks to so many passionate and dedicated community leaders.  There will be a special celebration after the Friday, September 13th Hip Donelson Community Farmer’s Market.  I hope you’ll make plans to attend.

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Donelson Non-profit News - June 2019

I am thankful the opportunity to return to visit with the Stones River Women’s Club.  They do a great deal of impactful projects in the community and I always enjoy my annual visits to bring them up to speed on things happening at Metro Council and in Donelson.

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Donelson Non-For-Profit News - May 2019

The Nashville Symphony will return to Two Rivers Mansion on Sunday, June 9th at 7:30pm.  Come early and get a good seat on the lawn.  This concert is FREE.  Tours of Two Rivers Mansion will begin soon as well.  Visit this link to view the events and to sign up as a volunteer.

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Donelson Non-Profit News - April 2019

Leadership Donelson Hermtage’s Lead-UP event that is a gathering of those interested in being part of the next class was one of the largest turn-outs I’ve seen.  Executive Director Deann Bradford and the board do an amazing job with the organization.  I encourage everyone to check out their website as there is something for everyone that will enrich your life and help create lifelong friendships and great business networking opportunities.  Their events are great as well and are open to anyone who would like to support the organization.  Here’s a picture of me (Class of 2013) with two great people – Deann Bradford and Phil Ponder (Class of 1999).

Leadership Lead Up

I thoroughly enjoyed being a speaker at a recent Donelson-Hermitage Exchange Club meeting.  They are a great organization and serve our community in extraordinary ways.

Donelson Hermitage Exchange Club

FiftyForward Donelson Station will be having their annual Pancake Breakfast, plant sale and Clean Up and Bulk Item Drop Off on Saturday, April 13th.  See flyer below for details and phone number to inquire further.  Also, special this year will be a “Planting for Pollinators” with 15th District Beautification Commissioner Michele Mazzu from 10am – 11am.  Bees, butterflies and other insects help to fertilize plants as well as add natural beauty to out landscapes.  Learn which plants pollinators love and things to avoid in order to attract them to your garden.  There will be a giveaway of five pollinator loving plants.

Pancake Breakfast

I had a great opportunity to welcome Colin Magee and Anne Coulter from Belfast, founders of the PANARTS Belfast Nashville Songwriter Festival.  They brought three wonderful songwriters from Belfast on Saint Patrick’s Day to NECAT Network’s studios for a special show taping.  Niamh McGlinchey, Allison Mcgrath and Rory Nellis all performed original songs.  Belfast is a Sister City of Nashville’s and we have a special relationship.

NECAT Belfast

The Volunteers of America will be holding a great fundraiser concert in Music Valley at the Texas Troubadour Theater on April 12th.  It’s a great musical line up.  See flyer below for details.

Volunteers Of America Fundraiser

The Hip Donelson Farmer’s Market is back in less than a month!  It’ll be returning to Two Rivers Mansion.  See flyer below for details.

Hip D Farmers Market

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Donelson Non-Profit News - March 2019

Big news for Hip Donelson!  It’s their 10th Anniversary!  As such, there is a special sponsorship packet available for the upcoming Hip Donelson Farmer’s Market as well as special events this year to celebrate.  Hip D is bringing back Hip Supports Local events as well as a special commemorative t-shirt to show your pride in Donelson.  This will be a great year to celebrate service to our community, remember Frank Trew and his extraordinary efforts to make Hip Donelson what it is today and kick off the next decade of being thankful for living in a great community.  This will be the second year the Hip Donelson Farmers Market will be at Two Rivers Mansion and I hope you will consider being a sponsor and support another great year for the market! (Click image below to see full spnosorship package)

2019 Hip Donelson Sponsorship Deck

FiftyForward Donelson Station will be having their annual Pancake Breakfast, plant sale and other activities on Saturday, April 13th.  See flyer below for details and phone number to inquire further.  Also, special this year will be a “Planting for Pollinators” with 15th District Beautification Commissioner Michele Mazzu from 10am – 11am.  Bees, butterflies and other insects help to fertilize plants as well as add natural beauty to out landscapes.  Learn which plants pollinators love and things to avoid in order to attract them to your garden.  There will be a giveaway of five pollinator loving plants.

Fifty Forward Pancake Breakfast

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Donelson Non-Profit News - February 2019

I’m thrilled that our American Legion Post 88 will be building a brand new facility on McCampbell Avenue.  I was honored to attend the ground breaking ceremony.  Below is a picture of me reviewing the plans with Post 88 Commander Len Chappell.  Also, as part of their efforts to continue raising money for their new home, they have launched a brick campaign.  See flyer below.  Please spread the word and help them sell out of these bricks to make it an even more special place that honors our Veterans.

American Legion Post 88


Bricks for Sale for the American Legion Post 88

The American Legion asked me to take part in judging their oratory contest as part of their High School Oratorical Scholarship Program.  It was held on Saturday, February 9th at Lakewood Baptist Church at 400 Donelson Pike.  See the flyers below to learn more about this great program.

Oratorical Promotion Brochure


Oratorical Promotion Brochure

Joey and I attended a wonderful Holiday concert from the Nashville Singers.  They are a fantastic group and are a non-profit entity that also gives back through scholarships for music education.  I was honored to present a proclamation from Mayor Briley to the group at the concert held at Lebanon Road Church of Christ.

Proclamation of the Nashville Singers

I was very happy to learn about an Insight Counseling Center location being added to Andrew Price United Methodist Church.  They offer services that support individuals and families.  I was happy to join Pam Brown, Carol Smith and Karen Montgomery with Insight Counseling and Andrew Price UMC Senior Pastor Melisa Derseweh and Trustee Ralph Foley to help them cut the ribbon on the new center.

Insight Counseling Center

Hip Donelson Lost & Found Pets will be hosting their annual chili cook-off at the Buchanan Log House on February 23rd.  See flyer below for details on entering your championship winning chili recipe.  Just $10 to taste each chili.  Proceeds benefit Hip D Lost & Found Pets and the Buchanan Log House.

Hip D Lost Found Pets Fundraiser

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Donelson Non-Profit News - July 2018

I was very happy to visit and enjoy lunch with the Stones River Women’s Club at Two Rivers Mansion.  I appreciated the opportunity to share what’s going on in the community and thank them for all their great work taking good care of the interior of Two Rivers Mansion. 

Stones River Womens Club

Stones River Womens Club

The Friends of Two Rivers Mansion were the recipients of an Architectural Award by the Metro Historic Commission for their work restoring the 1802 Buchanan – Harding Home, which is the original brick home on the property.  If you haven’t yet toured the property, now is a great time, especially as part of the Hip Donelson Community Farmer’s Market on Friday’s.  Below is Friends of Two Rivers Mansion Founder and President Emeritus (and former 15th District Council Member) Phil Claiborne accepting the award presented by Mayor David Briley, Metro Historic Executive Director Tim Walker and Metro Historic Commission Chair Jim Forkum.  Also below are flyers about upcoming events and a membership special.

Two Rivers Mansion Architectural Award

Two Rivers Mansion Architectural Award

I’m very proud of my son Joey for doing his Eagle Project for Two Rivers Mansion.  Down the hill on the other side of the Greenway is the original spring house, carriage house and trail loop.  Joey built a bridge as part of the trail going over a natural spring.  It turned out great.  He and his grandfather were the engineers and his Scout Troop 777 helped with the build.  Soon there will be directional signage to the Spring House Trail Loop.

Eagle Project for Two Rivers Mansion

Eagle Project for Two Rivers Mansion

Thanks to work of Donelson’s VFW 1291 and Semper Sliders, Nashville is going to experience the debut of Nashville Patriot Fest at Nissan Stadium during the weekend of July 27th.  What was envisioned to be a pragmatic first ever event, the outpouring of support for this has made it poised to be a phenomenal weekend supporting our military, first responders, teachers, nurses and all who serve to protect and support families.  Proceeds will support non-profits who support these Patriots.  Special thanks to Semper Sliders owner Zach Jenkins and the whole team who has organized this.  Please check out the link above for more info and to buy tickets.

Congratulations to the Friends of Buchanan Station Cemetery for raising the funds for this bench at Buchanan Station Cemetery.  The cemetery will be on a future stretch of the Mill Creek Greenway and this will be a great opportunity to stop and learn about a fundamental aspect of Nashville history here.  Photo credit to Joe Cathey.

Friends of Buchanan Station Cemetery

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Donelson Non-Profit News - April 2018

The 2018 Hip Donelson Community Farmer’s Market season is almost here!  It kicks off May 4th.  There are always needs for volunteers and sponsors to support the market.  Please visit the website to volunteer and learn about sponsorship opportunities.  Thanks to everyone for your continued support of the market.  I look forward to this being the biggest season yet at the new location at Two Rivers Mansion!

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Donelson Non-Profit News - October 2017

The annual Halloween at the Mansion event is coming on Saturday, October 28th at Two Rivers Mansion. Trick or Treating, haunted basement, hayrides, pumpkin painting, food, music and more will make for a great tradition in the community. The Friends of Two Rivers Mansion is also seeking vendors for a $50 tax-deductible donation to the Friends group. They will supply the candy this year. See posters below for more details.

Halloween at the Mansion 1

Halloween at the Mansion 2

Mark your calendars for the annual Holy Rosary Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 18th. This is always a popular yearly event and this year they’ve added food trucks and entertainment. See poster below for more details.

Holy Rosary Christmas Bazaar

Larry Keeton Live Music Series Blues Night Of Music

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Donelson Non-Profit News - September 2017

Fifty Forward Donelson Station will be hosting a casino night in support of the center.  See details in the flyer below.

Casino Night at Fifty Forward Donelson Station

Grace Story Church is a new church for Donelson and is “a community where everyone is welcome because there’s no one to impress and nothing to prove.  To put it simply, we’re a community defined by grace.”  They launch their services on Sunday, September 17th at 4pm and they’re located at 400 Donelson Pike in the building by the playground.  Visit their website at the link above for more info.

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Donelson Non-Profit News - August 2017

There are just a few more weeks to enjoy the summer Two Rivers Mansion tours, which now include a tour of our freshly furnished 1802 House.  Docent-led tours are available every Monday, Thursday and Friday in August from 11:00am – 4:00pm.  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.  Members are always free.

1802 House Two Rivers Mansion Tours

I had the pleasure of watching the National Wheelcats championship game held at McGavock High School.  Nashville won!  It was fun to watch and the teams are competitive.  It was an eye opener about the challenges they face but very uplifting to see how the teams overcome them.  As we grow our Metro Parks system, we need to ensure we have facilities and support for everyone.

National Wheelcats Championship Nashville

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Donelson Non-Profit News - July 2017

Phat Bites has partnered with Hip Donelson and local non-profits to offer a free meal to eligible families in need up through the August 4th market.  See the flyer below for more information and contact info to support this effort.

Hip Eats

My thanks to the Stones River Women’s Club for inviting to speak to their membership luncheon meeting last month.  Any ladies interested in getting involved in this club that has been active for over 50 years and has done a great deal of work to preserve and advance Two Rivers Mansion, please contact Karen Cowell at 615-812-4798 or

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Donelson Non-Profit News - May 2017

The Larry Keeton Theater will have a benefit event called Fringe & Foolery, a costumed carnivale-themed fundraiser.  It will feature Jonell Mosser and be on May 13th. Please check out the flyer for details below. A cash bar will be open all night.  Costumes are encouraged but not required. For more information or tickets, call 615-883-8375 or visit

 Fringe and Foolery at The Larry Keeton Theatre


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Donelson Non-Profit News - March-April 2017

The Hip Donelson Farmer’s Market has big news for us for the upcoming 2017 season!  The first change is that they’ll be open one month early on Friday, April 7th from 4-7pm, with a Grand Opening celebration on Friday, May 5th.  Also coming to the market will be a “Farm 2 Car” option for those that want to order ahead and pick up at the market.  Additionally, the Music Valley Farmer’s Market will be the second location at Music Valley Village located at 2416 Music Valley Drive behind Cracker Barrel. It will run from 9am to noon on Saturday’s beginning May 6th.  See the full press release below for all the details.  I look forward to seeing you at the Hip D Farmer’s Market!

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Donelson Non-Profit New - February 2017

The Friends of Two Rivers Mansion presents the annual Two Hearts Antiques & Crafts Show.  There will be many vendors, coffee shop and an appraiser on site on Sunday, February 19.   See flyer below for details.  This is a great opportunity to visit the mansion and this event gets bigger every year!

Two Hearts Craft - Two Rivers Mansion

The Cumberland River Compact is hosting a couple of fascinating events in February and March about the voyages of the namesake of our side of town.  A reenactment and reflections of John Donelson’s journey to Nashville will be worthwhile time spent learning about the origins of Nashville.  Check them out here and here for more information and to RSVP.

Hip Donelson Lost & Found Pets is hosting a benefit at Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace on Saturday, March 11th.  As we all know, the leadership and volunteers with Hip D Lost & Found Pets do extraordinary work to advocate for our pets and help return them home when they are lost.  Please consider attending this fund event or making a tax-deductible donation at the link above.

Pints Paints Paws

Another success story of the influence Hip Donelson Lost & Found Pets has had on reuniting pets with their owners is the No Lost Pet Nashville program that Metro Animal Care & Control has implemented.  The program was developed by MACC to increase the chances of pets being returned to their owners.   They are implementing the program in phases beginning with Found Dog Yard Signs and Printable Found Pet Signs for both cats and dogs.  This will help reunite lost pets with their families, while improving live outcomes at the shelter.  Similar programs have proven to improve Return to Owner percentage by 2% in year one and by more than 4% in year two of the program.  This is just the beginning as the shelter is looking into the viability of using both Twitter and Interactive Maps to assist in reuniting pets with their families.

This is how it works: 
• MACC Officers will be equipped with yard signs in each of their vehicles. 
• Yard Signs and Printable Found Pets signs will be available at the intake desk when a stray is brought into the shelter and can be utilized by Community Lost and Found groups. If you are a Community Groups interested in sign pick-up please email to schedule a pick-up time for signs. 
• Both signs contain an animal identification number, description of the animal and the date the pet was found. 
• Finders are asked to leave the sign up for a minimum of three days. 

Pictured below is Marylee Locey and Bethanie Conley of Hip D Lost & Found Pets, who work relentless on behalf of our four-legged kids.

Hip Donelson Lost & Found Pets

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Donelson Non-Profit News - January 2017

Markey Blue returns to The Larry Keeton Theater on Saturday, January 21st as part of the Larry Keeton Live series.  They have sold out in the past pretty quickly, so be sure to buy tickets here in advance.  Lots of great shows coming up in 2017, so be sure to check out their website and make plans to enjoy a great performance!

Markey Blue Janury 21 - The Larry Keeton Theatre

I was honored to be asked to serve as a dog walker at the 7th Annual Dinner With Your Dog fundraiser for the Nashville Humane Association on Saturday, January 21st at the Hutton Hotel.  This year’s dinner is hosted by Tanya Tucker and chaired by Marcia Masulla.  As part of my involvement, I’m challenged to raise $777.  I’m almost 70% of the way there thanks so far to those listed on my CrowdRise fundraising page.  It’s a tax-deductible donation.  Any help is appreciated to reach the goal of $777!

Thanks to Metro Public Works for moving the signs below honoring our McGavock Band and Donelson Christian Academy Wildcats football team.  It was moved just across from Donelson Hills Drive on Lebanon Pike.  Now it can be more visible and properly displayed as part of our landscape design of The Donelson Gateway Projects site at Briley Parkway / Lebanon Pike.

DGP sign relocated to Donelson Gateway

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