BNSF is this year’s Feature Valet Sponsor for the GRACE Gala, an elite sponsorship that underwrites our event to provide food, clothing, shelter, medical care and hope to families with event proceeds.
GRACE’s relationship with BNSF was forged with United Way’s historical “Day of Caring”, an initiative that motivates corporate partners to pursue service projects with local charities. Their investment has since evolved into countless projects throughout the year.
The dedicated team at BNSF has cleaned, sorted, hauled and beautified virtually every GRACE site—from decorating the Christmas Cottage, to landscaping, painting and even taking on construction projects like entrance ramps and roof and concrete repairs.
In recent years, the BNSF Railway Foundation’s Officer Retirement Charitable Award made a $25,000 contribution to GRACE to honor the retirement of Tom Hund for his formative role in BNSF’s vision as the Executive Vice President and CEO. The Hund family continues to provide vital support to GRACE in various capacities.
To date, the company has given over $165,000 in funds to support the GRACE Gala, Christmas Cottage and employee matching funds.
As the Valet Feature Sponsor, BNSF’s example of servant leadership is even more far reaching than the services themselves. Feature Sponsors like BNSF underwrite the program services that empower, sustain and uplift families who seek refuge in GRACE.