Club Blue is a philanthropic community comprised of young professionals (ages 21-40) that live or work in Middle Tennessee. Club Blue members have access to coordinated volunteer opportunities, professional development seminars with Middle Tennessee leaders, and networking events. See the information below, or our flyer, to learn more about Club Blue. We hope to meet you soon!
To build a thriving philanthropic community that is committed to long-term investment in the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee and the lives of young people.
To provide leadership and volunteer opportunities to young professionals who aspire to positively impact Club members in Middle Tennessee and grow personally and professionally.
The Club Blue Advisory Board (CBAB) guides Club Blue and ensures that it is reaching its mission and constantly working toward achieving its vision. Learn more about the 2022 CBAB leaders below.
President | Project Manager, Parallon Project
Mary Avent has more than 6 years of healthcare experience. Mary is a project manager for Parallon Project Services team and supports the Clinical Operations Group at HCA. In recent years, Mary has supported multiple departments within HCA Healthcare. Before joining HCA, Mary was employed by Vanderbilt University the College of Arts & Sciences dean’s office.
Mary holds a Master of Science in Health and Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communications from Middle Tennessee State University.
Mary is passionate about philanthropic work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee including Club Blue, Wine Down Main Street and Great Futures Gala. Additional philanthropic work includes the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Luke 14:12, Junior Achievement and HCA corporate sponsored events. Mary really enjoys traveling and cheering on the Nashville Soccer Club and Titans. Also, planning weddings and special events through her own company.
Chair of Sponsorship | Digital Marketing Manager and Sideline Reporter at Nashville Soccer Club
Kelly Glendenning is the digital marketing manager and sideline reporter at Nashville SC (MLS). After moving to Nashville in 2018, Kelly fell in love with the local community and in 2020, decided to join Club Blue as an advocate for youth empowerment. Originally from Cary, NC, she graduated from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in 2016 with degrees in English and Journalism. Kelly went on to work for several sports organizations including the NC Courage (NWSL), Tennessee Titans and now Nashville SC in communications, marketing and broadcast. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, snowboarding and checking out local spots around the city with her friends.
Chair of Volunteer Opportunities | Meeting Sales and Partnerships Manager for Parthenon Management Group
Rebecca Davis is the Meeting Sales and Partnerships Manager for Parthenon Management Group. She has 7 years of fundraising and community development experience, including an internship with Atlanta Hawks, annual giving for Centerstone, and working as Campaign Coordinator for a political campaign in Fairfax County, VA. She also previously served on the Board of Directors for the Auburn University Student Alumni Association.
As a college student, Rebecca also interned with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County. This experience was the catalyst for her involvement with the Boys & Girls Clubs organization. She saw the need for peer-to-peer support with the teens in the club, which grew her passion mentorship.
The Florence, AL native graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Communications and a minor in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies. Rebecca has been a Nashville resident for over 6 years. She enjoys taking advantage of Nashville’s greenways, trying YouTube cooking tutorials, entertaining friends & family, and trying the many restaurants & bars Nashville has to offer. She also enjoys watching all Auburn sports and the New Orleans Saints, even though they regularly give her high blood pressure.
Chair of Membership and Stewardship | Financial Advisor, Raymond James
Professional Growth Chair | Marsh - Asia Client Services
Joe Grasse, originally from Birmingham, Alabama, is an insurance broker for Chemical, Automotive, and Manufacturing companies. He was introduced to BGCMT in fall of 2019 when the Club Blue Kickball Team needed his generational talents on the field… the team finished 2-8. Joe particularly enjoys meeting new members at the social events and professional development events that Club Blue organizes. When Joe isn’t rooting for Auburn Football and Basketball, he can be found walking his dog, Tiki, or whipping up his award-winning cheeseburgers, world famous pizzas, and backyard hibachi complete with onion volcanoes. Call him any time for a quick bite or insurance advice.
Join Club Blue
There are three giving levels within Club Blue:
Club Blue Professionals give at least $25 per month. This monthly fee covers the annual membership fee for one youth. Your commitment at this level helps honor our commitment that no child or family is ever turned away because of their inability to pay.
Club Blue Ambassadors give at least $40 per month. Along with scholarships, this monthly fee helps cover the cost of transportation for members from their schools to the Clubs. Transportation is essential for working families to ensure that their children arrive safely to the Club without interrupting their work days.
Club Blue Champions give at least $60 per month. Along with scholarships and transportation, this monthly fee helps prepare youth for their classrooms and careers by providing technology and internet connectivity. As we move into a more digital age, it is critical to provide students a place to access and use up-to-date technology.
Club Blue members enjoy:
We understand that our members live busy lives and may not be available to volunteer as much as they would like, and that is ok!
However, we know when our Club Blue members volunteer, they truly feel the impact of their gifts and enrich our Club members’ lives. Therefore, we will communicate every month about upcoming opportunities in our nine Clubs and will encourage our members to actively volunteer at least once a quarter, if they are able.
Yes; there are many opportunities for leadership in Club Blue.
We have an advisory board and several committees that need you! If you are interested in serving in a leadership role, we can help connect you to a position after you join Club Blue. You must be a contributing Club Blue member to be eligible for a leadership role within the organization.
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Oliver Arney, Donor Engagement Manager, at Oarney@bgcmt.org
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