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Volunteers needed for Feed Our Kids!

Volunteers needed for Feed Our Kids!

Contact Lori Stevens at lstevens@GRACEGrapevine.org for more information.

CWC’s Lunch with the Girlz

The runway at the Hurst Convention Center was all a-glitter last Friday as the Colleyville Women’s Club staged their amazing fashion show, luncheon and auction fundraiser.

fashion showWith local fashion celebrity Jan Strimple at the helm, the Colleyville Women’s Club presents one of the premier fundraising fashion events in DFW every year!

Last week’s event at the Hurst Convention Center was a prime example of the precise mix of hard work, creativity and resourcefulness.The result was a feast for fashionistas, a boost for many local designers and retailers, and a benefit for many charities served by the proceeds from the event.

“Lunch with the Girlz” presented plenty of wearable outfits and gave area boutiques a chance to show off their Spring and Summer wardrobes. Revenues from the silent auction, “Travel Board”, and live auction help provide a base of funds that is distributed through grants to local charitable agencies.

The fashion show has been raising money for charitable causes for more than 25 years. CWC grants support women’s services, social services, the elderly, community projects and children’s needs and education. CWC also awards scholarships annually to local students who embody the Spirit of Volunteerism.

For photos and more information about the Colleyville Women’s Club, click CWC Fashion Show.

Last Chance for FREE Tax Help

The tax deadline is right around the corner! Was your annual household income less than $51,000 last year? If so, VITA is available to you…

Tax TimeVITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) wants to help ease the burden of compiling and analyzing your 2013 taxes. GRACE has partnered with Catholic Charities and United Way to offer free tax preparation for low and middle income families through April 15, 2014 (which is next Tuesday!).  The last time this service will be offered at GRACE Main this tax season is this Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. GRACE Main is located at 610 Shady Brook in Grapevine.

Not only will VITA assist with income tax preparation, they’ll also help taxpayers identify Earned Income Credits, offer referrals to financial coaching and credit counseling and advise on continuing GED or ESL educational opportunities. Clients will have the option to  e-file so that refunds are available for direct deposit as soon as possible.  All tax preparation is completed by volunteers who are IRS certified quality reviewers.

The only requirement to qualify for this service is that you had a household income lower than $51,000 last year. Appointments can be made by calling United Way’s 2-1-1 number or walk-ins are welcome.

Click here for additional information.

DITN Players Sparkle

The banners have been rolled; the spotlights have been packed and stored for another year. But the warm and jovial feelings from last week’s Drive into the Night event linger on.

According to the posters, the Drive into the Night event promised play “By the Light of the Silvery Moon,” but for many guests the song that came to mind was “Dancing in the Moonlight.”

Behavior usually frowned upon at golf courses during the day, guests cranked their personal Drive into the Night playlists to the delight of all during the nighttime round.

Several teams used glow sticks, blinky rings, glow necklaces and bracelets, fiber optics and many other glow materials to outfit their carts like Mardi Gras floats. Volunteers and guests attached glow necklaces end-to-end and wrapped themselves head-to-toe in the other-worldy green light.

Meanwhile, players like Bob Frenzel and Kevin Stiner drove clear plastic, glow-in-the dark golf balls into the chilly darkness. Bob and Kevin each won the Longest Drive contests on the Mockingbird and Pecan courses respectively.

Bob’s TXU Energy team, including Gabe Castro, Ravi Malick and Gabe Vazquez took first place on the Mockingbird Course. The Adolphson and Peterson Construction team of Brady Ream, Bobby Brieton, Trent Kelley and Chad Hester claimed second place trophies. Michael Slesinger, Justin Armstrong, Chris Perry and Michael Miori on the Frost Bank team took third.

Competition on the Pecan Course was won by the team of Paul Bischler, Doug Canter, Derek Holmes and Vic DeVincezo. Mark Moyer and Brent Anderson took second. Mike Nelson, Gary Keller, Jeff Keller and Richard Wood walked away with the third place trophies.

Gary Keller was Closest To The Pin on Pecan and Corbett Nichter scored Closest to the Pin on Mockingbird.

Jim Leonard won the Putting Contest held prior to the round and was one of the winners of the raffle drawn after play had concluded.

Check the GRACE website or DITN website for a listing of all the DITN sponsors and click here for an album of the night’s events by Skipping Stone Studio.

24 Hours helps GRACE 24/7/365

24 hrs grace logo 2014The “24 Hours of GRACE” on March 25 needed a sequel on April 1. With the two days combined, and including match funds, nearly 100 donors gave more than $28,000 to help GRACE clients. Read more.

The “24 Hours of GRACE” event was conceived originally to take the place of a costly direct mail campaign. In two years, the event has generated nearly $56,000 for the GRACE mission.

Before “24 Hours of GRACE” launched last year, a spring direct mail promotion sent more than 49,000 letters to area homes asking for charitable gifts. More than a ton of paper was used to print letters, envelopes and return envelopes and, most likely, ended up in area landfills.

On average the direct mail did a little better than break even. For most direct mail solicitations, that’s the best that can be said—that more money was received than spent on printing and postage.

“24 Hours of GRACE” came about as a way to raise the funds in the spring when funding is at the lowest level, and save the cost and waste of direct mail. Donations from “24 Hours” join revenues from events and only a few other sources to fund GRACE services through the summer until the large events and activities in the fall.

This year’s “24 Hours,” matched by a generous donation from Walker Engineering, will touch the lives of many who will come to GRACE in the next several months seeking assistance in crisis, food, clothing, shelter, medical care and the compassion and guidance that are critical watchwords in the GRACE mission statement.

Many thanks to all who participated in “24 Hours of GRACE.” It is your generosity that gives families hope for the future.

Molly Maid Gives to GRACE

Last Wednesday, our dear friends at Molly Maid stopped by GRACE Main to make a generous donation and drop off a very useful item for the Outreach to Health Community Clinic.

Molly MaidKatrina Keith, owner of the Molly Maid of DFW Metro Northwest, dropped in on the staff of GRACE Main to contribute over $1,400 from the Ms. Molly Foundation. Each year, 10 cents of every cleaning provided by Molly Maid [of DFW Metro Northwest] is donated to GRACE. The amount of that donation has continued to increase with every passing year as Molly Maid’s cleaning services in the DFW area continue to grow. Ms. Keith also gave a bounty of glucometers for the GRACE Outreach to Health Community Clinic.

If you’re looking for a professional, residential cleaning service, look no further than Molly Maid. Their housekeepers guarantee customer satisfaction and are happy to accommodate personal cleaning preferences, creating a plan that not only saves you time, but keeps your home clean just the way you like it. They’ve been in business (and have come highly recommended) for over 25 years.

GRACE thanks Molly Maid for their long time support!

Learn more about Molly Maid at mollymaid.com.

Spring Fashions at Style & GRACE

Spring has sprung at Style & GRACE! New fashions are arriving daily in the form of blouses, lovely sundresses, and more. Update your spring wardrobe and contribute to the GRACE mission just by shopping.

Style & GRACE is a resale boutique that specializes in brand names and like-new appearance clothing, jewelry and accessories, termed ‘Restyle Couture’. Brands regularly available at Style & GRACE include: Nina, Gianni Bini, Nine West, Coach, Dooney & Burke and many more.

GRACE receives so many generous donations from our community that supply is greater than the client demand. Donations are received and sorted at Donation Station (112 N. Scriber in Grapevine) then distributed to GRACE programs; whatever is left over is sold at GRACEful Buys or Style & GRACE. Your purchases at GRACE resale shops successfully fund a large portion of the annual budget and help change lives.

Here’s a look at some of the items that have come through Style & GRACE’s doors lately:

Come check out all the great spring clothing available – our sales associates would be happy to put a few outfits together for you!