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Our Door is Always Open

 

We have an exclusive invitation just for you!

GRACE invites anyone and everyone—any person, church, civic group or business—interested in learning how we meet the tangible needs of families on a day-to-day basis to join us Wednesday, November 13th for our Rooted In GRACE Campaign Open House and Site Tours!

Our Main Office is located at 837 East Walnut Street in the historic district of Grapevine. From 9:00 a.m. until 6 p.m., we will give everyone the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the GRACE facility.

The Community Clinic and Pantry sustained serious fire damage in April 2018 prior to the new facility’s completion. Full occupancy took way in November 2018 thanks to the tremendous efforts of Grapevine Fire Department and volunteers as our community rallied around.

Our Rooted In GRACE Phase One renovated two existing buildings on the property, connecting each by a new third building. The result places all of GRACE assistance services under one roof, including emergency services, rent and utilities assistance, Cothing Room, Community Clinic, and Food Pantry.

All are welcome for the tour–bring your friends and family to visit our GRACE home. We are humbly thankful that our supporters afforded us this giant step into the future. For more information contact Melissa Maraki or call 817-305-4672.

Compass Leads the Way to GRACE

Compass has been a significant contributor of GRACE since 1995, giving nearly $400,000 to GRACE Programs.  Not only have they been incredibly instrumental through monetary gifts, but they have also gifted their time and talents.  Volunteers have donated over 1,000 service hours to many projects throughout the year.

By far one of the biggest events Compass does for GRACE is an annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.  Last year, it was the congregation’s goal to provide 10,000 Thanksgiving meals between their four campuses.

This year, boxes were printed and filled with lists of holiday food items each family or individual is to receive in their holiday baskets, along with encouraging scriptures and an envelope for “turkey money.”  The boxes were available to church members at each of Compass’ services this past week, and are to be filled and returned during services this upcoming week.

A boy scout troop has eagerly volunteered to deliver the boxes and turkey money to GRACE.  Our staff and volunteers will prepare to hand out the much needed Thanksgiving bounty boxes to our clients on November 25th, 26th and a half day on the 27th.

Thanks to everyone involved, GRACE staff and volunteers will be prepared hand out Christmas boxes ton December 18th, 19th and a half day on the 20th.

We cannot thank Compass enough for their help in being ready and able to serve families and individuals who would find it hard to afford groceries, not only for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day meals, but also for breakfast and other meals throughout their holiday celebrations.

If you would like to participate, you can drop off a monetary donation at one of the four locations or you can bring a box filled with the donated items. Each box will have a list of items needed for GRACE and other organizations.

Thank you, Compass, for all that you do!

Open Sesame House

Join us for a celebration of GRACE Christmas Cottage on Monday, December 9th!  Witness the magic created by volunteers as they ready the Cottage to welcome our clients, making certain their Christmases are complete!

The Sesame Street theme is sure to delight young and old alike, and there will be plenty of goodies going around!

GRACE clients are blessed to have the good will, volunteers and toys—all the amazing toys—provided by our caring community so that we may open a Christmas Cottage each holiday season.  Client parents are thrilled and grateful for the chance to “shop” for their children’s gifts and watch as the excitement lights up their little faces on Christmas morning.

When someone comes to GRACE for help, our caseworkers conduct a thorough assessment of their needs.  For some in dire need, food, shelter, clothing and medical care are provided to the full extent.  For others, assistance is provided to the extent needed.  All clients benefit as our mission philosophy of “self-sufficiency” is always kept in mind.

For the Christmas Cottage, client parents are given a voucher equivalent to the needs of their family.  Voucher in hand, parents and Cottage volunteers shop table after table of toys, electronics, clothing, books and games.

Their selections are then packaged in a black plastic bag (to prevent snooping) along with wrapping paper, ribbons, bows and cards.  The parents can then select a “family gift” for the home, usually a small kitchen appliance and a fun family game.

In this way, we feel Christmas Cottage provides our client parents an authentic Christmas shopping experience of selecting toys and gifts that their children want and need.  Wrapping the gifts at home, watching their young ones excitingly rip through the paper to discover what Santa brought, each step to our Cottage is purposefully focused on making the family’s holiday complete.

The Children’s Open House (for families and youth groups) is from 4:00–5:30 p.m. with cookies and punch to go around.  The Open House then begins at 5:30 p.m. with drinks & eats provided by Scratch Catering & Fine Foods.

Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to add to the Christmas Cottage wares.  The GRACE Christmas Cottage is located at 1250 William D. Tate in Grapevine, between Joann Fabrics and Petco.  If you have any questions, please contact our Seasonal Programs Coordinator, Lori Stephens, at (817) 992-4690, or our Volunteer Coordinator, Alicia Fike, at afike@gracegrapevine.org.

Angels of GRACE

No truer example of “invaluable service” is found than in Lynda and Robert Warner. We are honored to announce this wonderful couple as 2019’s Angel of GRACE recipients!

Many know the Warner’s from their successful work raising funds for numerous causes throughout the community. With their experience and leadership abilities, they surged directly to the lead of the GRACE Gala last year.

Among the many innovations they created, the Family-2-Family campaign and the flourishing GRACE social media presence stand out. Last year’s very successful Gala was just the beginning.

Lynda and Robert have put their creative minds to work planning and directing new ways to support the GRACE mission! The first annual GRACE Poker Tournament was a resounding success last January. Not only was it the Warner’s brainchild, Lynda and Robert also planned and implemented many aspects of the event.

Plans for the second annual tournament are roaring full steam into the new year. Never ones to rest on laurels, Lynda and Robert are also planning a new event for the new year! Purse Bingo will make its debut with the same excitement and great prizes of the Poker Tournament.

The Warner’s enthusiasm for the GRACE mission knows no bounds. Lynda and Robert express so well the importance of the GRACE mission, the need for support, and the impact of GRACE in the community. For their service, generosity, devotion, and leadership, please join us in honoring Lynda and Robert Warner as our Angel of GRACE for 2019!

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The Angel of GRACE is awarded each year to a person or organization who exemplifies GRACE’s mission of stewardship, compassion and guidance toward self-sufficiency.

In past years we have recognized businesses, churches, cities, and individuals for their invaluable service through GRACE to our community.

Unforgettable, That’s GRACE Gala

 

Thank you to our wonderful Gala Co-Chairs, Kimberly and Brent Tipps, and Emcee of the evening, Laura Harris, for making the 16th Annual GRACE Gala one we will not forget!  From the unforgettable opening song of ‘Amazing Grace’ by Rocco and Frankie Leoni, to the beautiful selfie wall that so many posed in front of, to the Walton Stout Band for cranking out the party jams — we are thankful to you and everyone who made this night meaningful start to finish!

GRACE Board of Directors President, Paul Bischler, announces Lynda and Robert Warner as the 2019 Angel of GRACE Award recipients.

We are so very grateful for Pastors Cyd and Ricky Texada of Covenant Church for attending and leading our Invocation.  Auctioneer Mike Jones led the lively and generous Live Auction – one of the many highlights of the evening.  To mention another high point of the evening includes a grand congratulations to Lynda and Robert Warner, our Angel of GRACE  Award recipients for 2019!

Kimberly and Brent Tipps, owners of the BoomerJack’s Restaurants, fulfill their honor as our 2019 Gala Co-Chairs.

A special thanks also goes to our Gala Committee: Katina Aceves, Sarah Armand, Kayla Bankhead, Pam Basiloy, Leslie Casey, Beth Chernik, Traci Coy, Michelle Davis, Wade Diebold, Ana Erwin, Alicia Fike, Laura Grosskopf, Amy Hamilton, Lara Hohweiler, Artemis Kourosh, Melissa Maraki, Daveen Miller, Sheila Moyer, Shannon O’Brien, Jacqueline Phillips, JoAnne Quintero, Ryan Reed, Shonda Schaefer, Melissa Simpkins, Sheryl Smith, Samantha Stevens, Lucy Tadrous, Brent Tipps, Kimberly Tipps, Roni Townson, Tina De Vincenzo, Lynda Warner, Robert Warner, Julie Weisert, Teresa Williamson, Lindsay Williford and Mark Woolverton.

From everyone who bid on an auction package, donated to Fund-A-Need, purchased raffle tickets or to those who have kept our clients in your prayers, we thank YOU!

Now it’s time to start planning for Gala 2020! And we already are…


Click here to view our Facebook photo album. An enormous thank you to photographer Corey Collins of Captured Collective for these gorgeous photos!

A Multitude of Thanks

 

On behalf of over 5,100 family members GRACE serves each year, thank you for providing support that allows us provide food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care and hope to the downtrodden among us.

Thank you to our 2019 Gala Sponsors


Presenting Sponsor

The Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet

Platinum Plus Sponsors

Berkeys Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical

BNSF Railway

Feature Band Sponsor

BoomerJack’s Grill & Bar

VIP Party Sponsor

SIMMONS ESTATE HOMES

Gold Sponsors

Atmos Energy

Holman Enterprises

Silver Sponsors

Dawn and Bart Adams

MaryLee and Carl Alford

Associated Time Instruments

Ben E. Keith Company

Traci and Bryan Bernard

The Coleman Family

Five Star Subaru of Grapevine

Good Shepherd Catholic Community

Mary and Jerry Huffman

Judy and Tom Hund

Sarah and Dan Meader

TD Ameritrade

Kimberly and Brent Tipps

TXU Energy

Lynda and Robert Warner

Dr. Kelly and Joel West

Lisa and Ron Wettig

Bronze Sponsors

Bank of Texas

Fidelity Investments – Southlake Investor

Frost Bank

Goody Goody Liquor

Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center

Methodist Southlake Hospital

Sheila and Mark Moyer

Park Place Dealerships

Pegasus Logistics

Rotary Club of Colleyville

Ty Shafer, DDS

Dina and Felix Vasquez

Wright Construction Co., Inc.

Diamond Sponsors

91 Designs

Alford Media

i5 web works

NBC 5 DFW

Southlake Style

Special Thanks

Photographers David Halloran and Corey Collins

Leslie Casey, Julie Weisert and our Selfie Wall Team

Last but certainly not least, thank you from the bottom of our heart to all of the selfless volunteers who dedicated their energy and hours of service toward generating event proceeds!

In-Kind Sponsors

RUBY

89.7 Way FM; American Airlines; Berkeys Air Conditioning, Plumbing, and Electrical Community Impact; Corinthian Wellness Spa; Shane & Rebecca Langston; The Botanical Mix

EMERALD

BNSF Railway Company; BoomerJack’s Bar & Grill; Grapevine Golf Cars; Kendra Scott; Nothing Bundt Cakes; Sloan & Williams Winery

AMETHYST

91 Design; Above & Beyond Business Coaching, LLC; Associated Time Instruments; BBQ Outfitters- Southlake; Boardwalk Maserati; Bob’s Steak & Chop House, Grapevine; Corey Collins; Cowboy Chef Newton, LLC; David Halloran; Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center; Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau; Holland America Line; Hookfire Hunting & Fishing Outfitters; J. Ridout, Portrait Artist; John Slocum; Katina Yamamoto-Aceves Household; Mark Lucas-Kelly; NexGen Fitness Colleyville; Pine Cove Christian Camps; Renew MD Medical Spa & Aesthetics; Katie and Rob Ruelas; Roni & Kevin Townson; Sanara Yoga & Wellness; Scratch Kitchen; Sheila and Mark Moyer; Smiley’s Studio; Southlake Plastic Surgery; Studio Southlake Jazzercise; Sunstone Yoga Southlake; Texas Harley; Texas Rangers Baseball Club; The Bar Method; The Classic at Roanoke; Trinity Aesthetics and Laser, LLP; Trio Catering; Xtreme Amusements

PEARL

Acre Distilling Company; Adventure Kids Playcare; Amazing Lash Studio; Ambition Dance Productions; Ame B Design; Ana & Charley Erwin; APEX Arts League; Apple & Fink LLP; Ashley Elmore; Attic Butlers; B & H Office Solutions; Backyard Butler; Baja Pool Services; Bank of the West; Bermuda Gold & Silver; Bill Tait — State Farm Insurance Agent; Blair House Inn; Brett Burns; Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty; Buttermilk Sky Pie; Call on Kim; Camp Gladiator; Carita Weaver; Carroll Senior High School; Classic Wine & Storage; Club Pilates; Colleyville Animal Clinic; Cyclebar Southlake; Dallas Sidekicks; Dana’s Studio of Dance; Dave & Buster’s; Dawn & Rich Buscher; Dr. Bantoo Sengal, Orthopedic Surgeon; EECU; Embassy Suites by Hilton DFW Airport North; Esparza’s Restaurante; Feedstore BBQ; Fireplug Inn; First National Bank of Southlake;  Flips Patio Grill; Freedom Title; Frost Bank; Gourmet Apples & More;  Grapevine Chamber of Commerce; Grapevine Mills Mall; Grapevine’s Dark Knight; Grapevine’s Runway Theatre; Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center; Hilton Garden Inn DFW Grapevine; Hilton Southlake in Town Square;  Hilton Waco Texas; HSH Makeup Specialty; Huckabee Dental ; Hyatt Place Dallas/Grapevine; Il Calabrese Ristorante & Bar; Inspire Yoga Studio – Grapevine; James Avery Artisan Jewelry; Jason Espinoza; Jason Ridley Agency,  Nationwide; JDog Junk Removal & Hauling; Johnny B’s Burgers & Shakes; Karen and Tim Stewart; Karen Parrish; Kevin James McCrea Photography ; Kilwins; Lacy Maney; Leslie Casey; Life’s Medicine; Lisa Harrington;  Loveria Caffe Taste of Italy; Lynda & Robert Warner; Magnolia Market;  Malouf’s; Mary Ann Ginnard; Mathnasium; Merlin Entertainments; Mesa Mexican Cuisine; Messina Shoe and Boot Repair; Methodist Southlake Hospital; Moviehouse and Eatery; NetRes; Omni Fort Worth Hotel; Ooh La La!; Paper Source; Party Angels; Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille; PGA Tour Superstore; Pro-TechT; Purely Pilates Center;  Revision Skincare; Rockfish; Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort; Seebeck & Associates; Senator Jane Nelson; SkateTown; Skin Rx; Smart Bronze; Southlake Natural Family Wellness; Stork Vision Grapevine; Stretch Zone Southlake; Studyology; Summit Gyms; Texas General Store; Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake; The Boardroom Salon for Men; The Dailey Method; The L.A.B. MedSpa; The Palace Theatre; The Spice & Tea Exchange; The Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet; The Travel Purveyor; Vetro Glassblowing Studio and Gallery; Zar Clothier 2

Shop and Give With Draper James

 

Founded by Reese Witherspoon, Draper James proclaims an identity that is “steeped in Southern charm, designed for real life, and unapologetically pretty.”  Witherspoon started her company to honor her Southern heritage and her loved ones that had significant impact on the woman she became.

When she mapped out her vision for Draper James, Witherspoon explains, “it was paramount to her that the brand not only represent the Southern lifestyle she’s so attached to, but that it also support young women in their paths to becoming future leaders, entrepreneurs, and agents of social change.”

Sounds like GRACE and the starlet have more in common than one would think.  So, what better way to honor the Draper James mission than by giving back to GRACE?!   Well, that is precisely what is occurring at the new Draper James location in Southlake Town Square next Tuesday!

This coming Tuesday, November 5th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., 15% of proceeds will go to GRACE!

Join us and the Draper James team as they launch and showcase clothing and accessories from their brand new holiday collection.  Reese Witherspoon personally invites everyone in for a visit that is fashionable, fun and fancifully generous!

Draper James is located in Southlake Town Square at 311 Grand Avenue East.

Kendra Gives Back

 

Join GRACE for an evening of stunning jewelry and charitable giving! Kendra Scott’s Southlake location is celebrating the season of giving by hosting a Kendra Gives Back event.

This wonderful event will take place on Tuesday, November 5th from 6 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Southlake Town Square, 321 Grand Ave. W, located in the piazza across from Brio Tuscan Grille. 20% of the sales during that time period will support GRACE!

GRACE has been blessed to have Kendra Scott as a Gala partner since 2015. For the past four years guests have enjoyed an exclusive jewelry pull that guarantees a unique piece of jewelry valued up to $200 with a $75 donation. The event has sold out every year.

The Texas-based designer has become a nationwide sensation, partly due to placing benevolence at the heart of her business model. Since the company was established in 2002, it has worked closely with their surrounding communities, collaborating with over 100 charities nationwide and donating over one $1million last year alone. Scott also has a signature line of charms in which a portion of the profits directly benefit charitable causes.

We are tremendously thankful that such an esteemed company would grant us a valued forum to share the message of GRACE: that all families in distress should be able to receive food, clothing, shelter and support to rebuild their lives and enjoy a stronger community.

A Very Impressive Party for Our VIP’s

 

Kimberly and Brent Tipps  welcomed dozens of guests to the GRACE Gala VIP Party on October 8th at the beautiful Vaquero Club in Westlake. The elegant event honored donors and volunteers who make the Gala possible.

With the GRACE Gala scheduled for next Saturday, October 26, last Tuesday was a chance to thank the many sponsors, volunteers, committee members and others who bring the Gala to life, and express our gratitude for raising much-needed funds for client services and programs.

The GRACE Gala is the single-largest fundraising event for GRACE during the year, and funds raised support all GRACE mission services including Emergency Assistance, Clothing and Food, Transitional Housing, Senior Services and the Community Clinic.

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GRACE Chief Executive Officer, Shonda Schaefer, spoke on the importance of the Gala campaign season.  Paul Bischler, GRACE Board President, voiced the appreciation of the Board for the hard work of the Gala Committee.  Gala Chairs Kimberly and Brent Tipps expressed their gratitude of all the Gala committee volunteers for the many sponsors and donors who have been so generous throughout the year to GRACE.

The Tipps welcomed Scott Simmons of Simmons Estate Homes who sponsored the VIP Party. Scott conveyed his admiration for GRACE and the support GRACE provides for those in need.

Shonda then announced the Angel of GRACE Award winner for 2019. The Angel of GRACE is awarded each year to the person or organization who exemplifies GRACE’s mission of stewardship, compassion and guidance toward self-sufficiency. The 2019 Angel of GRACE will be announced publicly at the Gala on October 26th.

Finally, Shonda led a round of applause for Ken Thompson and the Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet for serving as the Title Sponsor of the GRACE Gala for the 12th year in a row!

As the conclusion of the event, Shonda drew for winners of magnum bottles of collector level champagne that were donated by Mark Nelson of Classic Wine Storage.

We want to say a special thank you to photographer Corey Collins for volunteering his time and talent to capture the lovely evening in his photos!

For more information about the GRACE Gala log on to www.GRACEGala.org.

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