SAVE THE DATE FOR ART ON THE SQUARE

ART2015 marks the sixteenth year the Southlake Women’s Club has hosted their famed Art in the Square festival. The gates at Southlake Town Square will open at 4p.m. on Friday, April 25 offering three days of fine art sales, top-notch entertainment, great food, and fun children’s activities.

Since 2000, the Southlake Women’s Club has given nearly $2M to charitable organizations serving women and families in NE Tarrant County, including GRACE.

Art in the Square provides a varied cultural experience, displaying an encompassing variety of artwork media, including 2D, 3D relief, sculpture, photography and jewelry from more than 145 renowned artists, along with several emerging artists, all selected by jury.

Art in the Square offers a tremendous lineup of musicians and performing artists. Two stages will feature continuous entertainment all weekend long. Performances from the Main Stage features some of the hottest stars in the DFW, with styles ranging from jazz and blues, to pop, rock, reggae, Motown and country.

The Gazebo Stage will feature local talent and family fun, including entertainment from headliner Jo Dee Messina, and performances by Derek Anthony, The Walton Stout Band and others.

For details visit artinthesquare.com.

FEED OUR KIDS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

FOKAs the weather warms up, GRACE is gearing up for Feed Our Kids, a GRACE program that provides approximately 38,000 meals to children each year during the summer months.

For many, the Feed Our Kids lunch may be their only meal of the day. To ensure at-risk children receive food, there is an all-time need for more volunteers.

Serving at five sites for seven neighborhoods, the undertaking is a product of hundreds of dedicated hours by volunteer groups and individuals—but it’s also a lot of fun!

If you or your group would like to do something very special, challenging, fulfilling and important this summer, Lori Stevens, GRACE Feed Our Kids Manager, can be your guide.

Lori will walk you through all the details of a Feed Our Kids experience—details like the setup, preparation, serving, cleanup and the “fun” things about Feed Our Kids—playing games with the kids, craft projects and sing-alongs.

The program begins on June 8 and runs every weekday through August 21.

Please consider being a part of this very beneficial program, call Lori at 817-488-7009, ext. 329 or email lstevens@GRACEGrapevine.org.

GRACE GOES WILD FOR WINGS

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If you usually enjoy grabbing some cold beer and spicy wings over the cacophony of sporting events, we have another reason to love Buffalo Wild Wings!

Whether you’re a die-hard patron or a first-timer, get your friends and colleagues together on Monday, April 20 for the GRACE charity event, where Buffalo Wild Wings in Grapevine will donate 10% of the day’s proceeds on behalf of all GRACE fans.

Any guest who mentions GRACE or brings the golden ticket as a printed hard copy or shows their server with their smartphone plays a collective role the event’s success.

If you already have plans for Monday’s lunch hour, or need an excuse to enjoy some dry rub or glazed boneless wings, come see us beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 20 at 1525 William D. Tate in Grapevine.

A special thanks to General Manager Steven Cunningham and his team at Buffalo Wild Wings in Grapevine!

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GOLFERS SPARKLE AT DITN

The banners have been rolled; the glowing noodle headbands and LED shoestrings have been packed and stored away. Yet the excited and friendly feelings from last week’s Drive into the Night event linger on.

The Drive into the Night “Twilight Tee-Off” lived up to its billing with more than 130 golfers playing the first two holes in the fading light of dusk. By the third hole, the TXU Energy flashlights in all players’ goody bags came in very handy.

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

Players like Jack Bateman and Sam Najvar drove clear, glow-in-the dark golf balls far into the chilly darkness. Jack and Sam each won the Longest Drive contests on the Mockingbird and Pecan courses respectively.

Meanwhile, over a shorter distance Mark LaDrew and Brad Stewart drove Closest to the Pin on Mockingbird and Pecan.

Senator Jane Nelson’s Energy team, including Mike Nelson, Richard Wood, Matt March and Gary Keller took first place on the Pecan Course. The TXU Energy team of Brad Stewart, Glynn Hannah, Bryan Campbell and Joey Lemon claimed second place trophies. Mark Moyer, Chris Badger and Rick Pacholick took third.

Competition on the Mockingbird Course was won by the Adolphson & Peterson Construction team of Chad Hester, Brady Beam, Bobby Brierton and Trent Kelley. Michael Slesinger, Austin Burns, Travis Hopkins and Mike Mioro from the Frost Bank team took second. Jackson Davis, Derek Holmes, Mason Holmes and Barrett Buck of Valiant Anesthesia Associates walked away with the third place trophies.

Thanks to all who played and supported Drive into the Night!

PRAYERS FOR ISABELLA

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Re/Max Masters’ Shred Day Fills GRACE Truck

Credit the great weather and the generous response from the realtor’s clients, friends and neighbors, the annual Re/Max Shred Day last Saturday filled the GRACE truck with clothing, housewares, décor and many other gifts.

SHREDFrom the first donor at 9:45 until the close of the event at 1, a steady line of cars, suvs, vans and pickups stopped first at the huge Data Shredding Services truck to unload documents and files, then drove forward a few yards to drop off their donations at the GRACE truck.

The turnout at the Countryside Court Southlake location even pleasantly surprised organizer Jan Ramsey.

“This was an amazing day,” said Jan, a realtor with Re/Max Masters. “[Traffic] was practically nonstop! I think the weather helped get people in the mood to give!”

Jan and her co-workers from Re/Max masters handed out bottled water and snacks to the donors—many of whom had just come from Spring Cleaning efforts to gather documents for the shredder and items to donate to GRACE.

“We’re so happy to be able to help GRACE this way,” said Jan.

Jan started the annual Shred Day began several years ago, and each year supports a different charity in the area.

GRACE thanks Jan, her large crew of helpers and, especially, the great number of people who came by to help those we serve.

 

INTERNS OFFER SPECIALIZED CARE

Nutainternsot only does GRACE have an invaluable resource of selfless volunteers, since 2012, GRACE has partnered with the UTA School of Social Work program to host Bachelor’s and Master’s level social work interns.

These interns play a dynamic role in Client Services. While they are here to learn professional social worker conduct and engage in career skill building, they also come prepared with multiple sources of knowledge, including the latest research and best practices.

These skills are used when the interns assist clients at our Intake desk or interview an individual looking for assistance. Interns have the opportunity to apply abstract principles to practice, assisting in the coordination of larger projects, which saves the staff countless hours. Interns also help with follow up calls to GRACE clients.

The relationship between GRACE and the UTA School of Social Work interns is a great example of how community partnerships can build a better world. Though our social work interns often go on to do great things in other programs they become some of GRACE best advocates.

Several past interns still continue to volunteer in Client Services and other GRACE events proving that their passion for service matches GRACE’s expectation. We truly appreciate our volunteers and interns.

Current Interns: Haley Borland is working toward her Master’s in Social Work, and Roxana Reid is our current intern for her Bachelor’s in Social Work. These students have been a lovely addition to the GRACE family, and we are grateful for their expertise!

By: Marcela M. Melendez, LMSW, Client Services Manager