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ENJOY A GALA CUPCAKE THE MONTH OF OCTOBER

As if you needed another good reason to brake for cupcakes, for the month of October Gigi’s Cupcakes in Southlake is celebrating with GRACE with a specialty GRACE Gala cupcake!

The proceeds from each delectable, red velvet cupcake will go to fund GRACE programs through the GRACE Gala. Each petite cake is topped with white cream cheese frosting, golden sprinkles and a custom white chocolate angel.

The specialty cupcakes will be offered from Saturday, October 1 through Monday, October 31.

Gigi’s Cupcakes made their big debut in the Southlake area this July, offering a variety of over 30 gourmet cupcakes each week baked fresh each day.

If you’d like to place a large order, be sure to call ahead at 817-320-1902. Gigi’s Cupcakes is located at 1161 E Southlake Blvd #208 in Southlake.

VIP PARTY PHOTOS ARE LIVE!

Check out these frame-worthy photos set before the beautiful backdrop of the Khan home. The VIP Party takes place each year to honor foundational sponsors, donors and volunteers of the GRACE Gala, which allow all proceeds of the event to directly benefit GRACE programs.

A special thanks to the talented Sarah Ware of Sarah Ware Photography for capturing the beauty of the evening.

View the complete album on our Facebook page, or find the direct link to view photos here.

 

FAMILY FOUNDATION FUNDS GRACE PROGRAMS

Our hearts our filled by the generosity the Janning family. The Janning Family Foundation was established to foster planned giving from generation to generation.

Grantors Elizabeth and Jason Jennings explained that Jason’s father established the fund so that his children and grandchildren can embark on a journey to give to local causes that matter most to them.

Once a family member reaches the age of 12, he or she becomes a stakeholder and contributes research and feedback on the organizations they wish to support. This year GRACE was awarded $10,000 to fund GRACE programs for local families.

“We’re especially touched that this family is instilling intentional, personal giving at such a young age,” says Executive Director Shonda Schaefer. “What a unique legacy to know that your family gives the opportunity for another family to overcome obstacles and continue their own legacy.”

Elizabeth Janning has volunteered behind the scenes at the Clothing Room to organize the clothing and interact with families.

Thanks to this generous foundation for reminding us the importance of family cohesion.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE OPPORTUNITIES

The leaves are beginning to fall and we are holding our breath for the first crisp autumn day. As the official first week of fall has passed, there are already opportunities to make Thanksgiving memorable for families in a difficult season of their own.

Last year, your generosity allowed GRACE to provide 492 Thanksgiving meals and 440 Christmas meals to families in the midst of hardship.

To let that Thanksgiving statistic sink in, imagine hundreds of tables filled with grateful children and their parents who, despite some trials, are able to gather together and enjoy a warm turkey and the abundance of Thanksgiving trimmings families look forward to every year.

Collecting holiday food is ideal project for church congregations and small groups, civic groups, service clubs and troops. There is a specific Holiday Needs List that is seasonal, and an ongoing Food Pantry List that is updated each month to reflect the real-time needs of families throughout the year. Both can be found on the GRACE homepage.

We are thankful  in advance for sharing your blessings with families in need!

All items can be dropped off at the GRACE Food Pantry before November 18.

2016 Thanksgiving Food Drive Needs List

About the Food Pantry

The Client Choice Food Pantry provides perishable and non-perishable food to individuals and families in need. The Food Pantry utilizes a voucher system for GRACE clients to shop and select the food items that meet the cultural and dietary needs of their households.

 “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” – 2 Corinthians 9:11

SIPS, SWEETS AND JEWELS WITH KENDRA SCOTT

If you are a sucker for gorgeous jewelry pieces, or know someone who is, we have a brilliant reason to treat yourself.

On October 10 you are invited to celebrate with us for Kendra Scott’s Sips, Sweets and Jewels soirée, with 20% of the sales proceeds supporting GRACE programs.

Think of this as precursor event, since Kendra Scott will be teaming up with GRACE again the night of the GRACE Gala for the ever-popular Jewelry Pull on October 22.

Patrons have the chance to donate $50 and draw a stunning custom piece valued between $50-$200. There is no doubt the Jewelry Pull will sell out fast again, so be sure to stop by the Silent Auction area to claim your treasure.

This event is just one jewel in Kendra’s crown. Kendra Scott has partnered with GRACE on numerous occasions, including the Park Place Lexus Christmas Toy Drive and the Grand Opening event at their Southlake location last year.

This will be a fun evening out with friends that support the work of GRACE. Event details are below. We look forward to seeing you there!

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NATIONAL CONVENTION COLLECTS RELIEF KITS FOR LOCAL FAMILIES

It’s always encouraging to know that people from across the nation have a heart for our local community. Our unique position as a desirable hot spot for conventions and other national functions allow guests to learn about this wonderful community and ways to serve together.

ASEA asked their sales associates from around the country to donate hygiene items at their convention for their ASEA Advancing Life Foundations Have an Impact, Make a Difference Day.

“We created this day to find ways to give back in the local communities,” said Chairman of the Board for ASEA KimMarie Larson. “We don’t need to go to a third world country or have millions of dollars to make an impact; we feel it is important for people to realize that we have needs in our own backyards.”

ASEA also enlisted the help of the Gaylord Texan and Grapevine CVB to hit their goal of 1,000 hygiene kits, which included bath essentials to give to displaced families and individuals. With over 300 people coming together, the kits were assembled in 33 minutes.

“Together we are able to do more. When you combine small acts together great things can happen,” noted Larsen.

ASEA is a direct-sales company based out of Utah that manufactures products for optimal health and personal growth, including supplements and skin therapy.

ASEA has also partnered with CHOICE Humanitarian to build water cisterns and stoves for small villages, as well as care packages and health kits for developing areas in Latin America.

Thank you Gaylord Texan and Grapevine CVB for collaborating with national corporations to strengthen families in Northeast Tarrant County!

FOODIES REJOICE

Another Broken Egg Café, Southlake’s newest breakfast joint is giving us another delicious reason to enjoy gourmet omelets, eggs benedict and biscuit beignets.

As a prelude to their Grand Opening, Another Broken Egg Café is extending the invitation for a friends and family event on Saturday, October 1 from 9am to 1pm for free breakfast. All voluntary tips and donations will be given to fund GRACE programs.

Another Broken Egg Café was established in 1996 in a century-year old cottage in the historic parish of Mandeville, Louisiana. The unique spin on classic breakfast dishes has been a hit nationwide, boasting dozens of U.S. locations and two in the DFW Metroplex.

We are excited to celebrate with Another Broken Egg Café and thank them in advance for allowing us as their guests on behalf of the clients we serve. To make an impact, be sure to make your reservation online for the limited seating engagement. A reservation is required to take part, and the invitation is up to four guests.

Make your reservation here. 

For more information about this event please email southlake@anotherbrokenegg.com.

 

VIP PARTY DELIVERS A TREASURED EXPERIENCE

Special guests enjoyed a memorable evening at the enchanting estate of Hilda and Aslam Khan during the 2016 GRACE Gala VIP Party.

The treasured evening takes place each year to honor foundational sponsors, donors and volunteers of the GRACE Gala, which allow all proceeds of the event to directly benefit GRACE programs.

VIP Party host Aslam Khan is the CEO of Falcon Holdings and the largest franchise owner of Church’s Chicken, among other ventures. The humble host, who was born in an impoverished hamlet in Pakistan, escaped destitution by his fierce zeal for knowledge and unstoppable drive to excel.

The example of this remarkable family reminds us of the rich potential from within, and that no individual is beyond hope with God’s provision.

Other special guests were honored, including 2016 Gala Chairs Ashley and Andy Cunningham, and the 2016 Angel of GRACE recipient, which will be formally announced the night of the Gala on October 22.

Guests entered the residence through a winding botanical walkway and gathered at a posh cabana just outside of the estate. Exotic hors d’oeuvres were passed, including a house favorite of candied bacon and poached pear tarts.

All raffle ticket owners present had the chance to win a custom fitted Nehru jacket, a custom tailored blazer manufactured by host Aslam Khan.

A special thanks to Randy Johnson at Bear Creek Wine and Spirits and Noble Rey Brewing Company for the beer selection, a very generous donor for providing wine, Alford Media, the impeccable team at Tastefully Yours and talented event photographer, Sarah Ware of Sarah Ware Photography.

Complete Photo Album to come!

BECAUSE GIVING IS ALWAYS IN FASHION

If fashion is the universal language of women, there were was no shortage of winsome exchange during the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce Women’s Division Fashion show, hosted by Style & GRACE.

The sponsored GRACE event was held at Messina Hof winery in Grapevine this week to address meeting updates, share the message of GRACE, and of course, enjoy some fashionable finds over lunch with friends.

GRACE Executive Director Shonda Schaefer spoke and extended her thanks to the countless hours of volunteer service the Women’s Division members have invested on behalf of GRACE families.

The two notable causes the Women’s Division invests in are the Christmas Spirit campaign, which shows love to isolated seniors over the Christmas holiday, and the Back to School Campaign, which works to equip all elementary students for the new school year.

Style & GRACE had the chance to showcase the stunning formal fashions for a fraction of the retail cost—often with the tags still attached. The upscale resale boutique is a jewel for unique formal attire, high-end brands and accessories that rival any expensive department retailer.

The Women’s Division just hosted their first-ever Uncorked event, which raises proceeds for GRACE causes. GRACE is truly grateful for these generous leaders who dedicate so much to make this community a more beautiful place to live.

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For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
– Audrey Hepburn

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