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GRACE ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD SLATE

GRACE’s ability to offer a high degree of accountability and integrity is largely due to the tenure of the GRACE Board of Directors.

The collective expertise of the GRACE Board is second to none, and GRACE is pleased to welcome five community leaders to the slate.


Colin(1).jpgColin Chandler, TD Ameritrade – Regional Manager, National Branch South

Chandler returned to his native Texas from Las Vegas nearly two years ago after accepting a branch manager position with TD Ameritrade, where he has served for 11 years.

Colin’s expertise in wealth management and asset allocation lend him keen insight to streamline operational costs.  He and his wife, Keli, have three children and are active at 121 Community Church.


Warren HummerWarren Hummer, Law Office of Warren C. Hummer

Hummer received his law degree from Washburn University of Topeka School of Law. Hummer currently practices in Grapevine representing franchisors and licensors regarding trademark protection, contract termination and dispute resolution. He is the Founder of Franchise & Distribution Law Section in the Tarrant County Bar Association.

Warren’s expertise in trade agreements and contractual communications allows GRACE to conduct transactions with outside vendors and corporations with greater integrity.

He and his wife, Becky, have three grown children and one grandson.

 


TyTy Shafer, Shafer Dental

An Illinois native, Ty Shafer and his family have lived in Keller, TX since 2013. As his dental practice grew, he committed countless hours to become accredited with several prestigious associations. Along with his professional commitments, he and his wife, Crystal, place great emphasis on volunteer work for the sake of being positive role models for their three children.

In addition to treating GRACE clients, Shafer is involved with Christina’s Smile, and Give Back a Smile program, which offers complex dental procedures to victims of domestic violence.


MIKE TAYLORMike Taylor, Colleyville City Council

Taylor grew up in Smithfield and has been a resident of northeast Tarrant County since 1955. In addition to serving as City Councilman for Place 6, Taylor is Vice President for Provident Strategies Group, an independent advisory firm.

Mike’s immersion with the community and numerous civic engagements with the Colleyville community and specialization in asset management make him an invaluable asset to our agency.

Mike’s wife, Susan, serves as the commissioner on the Tarrant County Historic Commission, president of the Colleyville Garden Club and various charitable causes. Mike and Susan have one grown daughter.


mcgreevyJohn McGreevy, CPA, FHFMA, President of Methodist Southlake Hospital

McGreevy has had seasoned executive offices in hospitals throughout Texas, chiefly the Lubbock Heart Hospital, which he successfully orchestrated a $40M construction campaign and led them to being number one in Texas and among the top 5% in the nation for cardiac service.

John now serves as President of Methodist Southlake Hospital and comes with many years of experience in strategic expansion. John’s visionary spirit will help guide GRACE to program expansion and continued excellence.

McGreevy holds his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Benedictine College. He is a certified public accountant and member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He and his wife, Teresa, have four grown children.

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WE CAN’T WAIT TO SHOW YOU OUR AUCTION PACKAGES

So what does Tim McGraw, a levitating dinner plate and a castle in Killarney, Ireland have in common? All are exclusive features tucked away for lucky recipients of the GRACE Gala Live Auction!

The oh-so-near GRACE Gala has a Live Auction menu to please every appetite. The Gala Co-Chairs and Auction Committee work all season long to provide the most unique, memorable and classic packages for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

We can’t spoil the surprises, but there are a dozen covetable experiences to choose from, along with 20 big board packages and nearly 400 silent auction packages to take home the night of the GRACE Gala!

The Live Auction was made possible by a generous donor, EECU as the Feature Sponsor. The community has been especially generous and creative this year; we can’t wait to show you what’s in store for our GRACE Gala guests!

In addition to the spectacular packages, guest can feast on a gourmet dinner and a custom-made dessert that’s almost too pretty to eat! After the program, renowned band Emerald City Band will perform two high-energy sets that will more than work off the feast.

Beautiful packages, delectable food, elite entertainment and a phenomenal cause!

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The GRACE Gala, Northeast Tarrant County’s most prestigious black-tie charity event, will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport. Individual tickets are $325, and a table of ten is $3,000.Sponsorships for ample exposure, preferred seating and exclusive event access begin at $3,500. In-kind sponsorships are also available.

CHRISTMAS COTTAGE LOCATION ANNOUNCED

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—Christmas Cottage season has begun, and we are proud to announce the 2017 location, 3100 Timberline in Grapevine, near Timberline Elementary School. The program officially opens to clients on December 7, and runs through the 22, which requires hundreds of volunteer hours to prepare for the season.

For the Christmas Cottage to happen, GRACE counts on the community to help us provide for the anticipated 150 daily family members who need a little help this season. Parents essentially ‘shop’ among the new, unwrapped toys, so they can choose what would excite their children most, and wrap them under the tree.

The vision is to allow children to share the same excitement on Christmas morning as any child regardless of privilege, and for parents to feel at ease knowing that despite the hardships they are facing, treasured holiday traditions can stay intact for their family.

Gifts for teens and tweens are needed. Gift cards of $5 or $10 to Subway, Sonic and other similar restaurants are great! Wrapping paper, small appliances for family gifts and batteries are also an ongoing need.

Download our Christmas Wishlist below.

2017 Christmas Cottage

Inspired to serve this holiday season? Reach out to Seasonal Manager, Lori Stevens for ways to get involved.

VIP PARTY LAUNCHES GRACE GALA IN STYLE

Select GRACE Gala sponsors and special guests launched the GRACE Gala pre-party at the estate of Hilda and Aslam Khan.

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 was recently named CEO of TGIFridays this summer. 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 2017 Gala Chairs Stephanie and Michael Hays, and this year’s Angel of GRACE recipient, which will be formally announced the night of the Gala on October 14.

Special thanks to the Khan family, Giovanna Koning, Grapevine Craft Brewery and Libby Woolverton for helping to make this night possible.

VIEW THE ALBUM HERE

GRACE’S FALL ISSUE: HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS SEASON

Autumn days bring football, jack o’ lanterns, turkeys, and trees turning a kaleidoscope of reds and yellows. The new season also ushers in a full season of happenings at GRACE!

Here are just a few ways you can get involved:

Sips, Sweets & Jewels: Kendra Scott GRACE Benefit-October 2

Enjoy the hospitality of the Kendra Scott staff at Southlake Town Square, shop their extensive collection of beautiful jewelry, and know 20% of all sales go back to fund GRACE programs.

The event takes place next Monday, October 2, 5:00- 8:00 p.m., at the shop behind BRIO Tuscan Grille at 321 Grand Avenue.

[Think of this as the precursor event to the GRACE Gala on October 14!]

In addition, Kendra Scott is teaming up with the Gala for the ever-popular Jewelry Pull on October 14.

A $75 donation gets you a prized piece valued between $75-$200! RSVP to the Facebook event here, and be sure to share with your friends and family!]


Holiday Food Drive Needs List

Your local retailers are getting into the holiday spirit already. It seems like “Back-To-School” melds into “Christmas” in just a few short weeks.

For many though, the aisles of holiday décor are a welcome reminder that our 90 degree days are coming to an end, soon.

We’re not making a list and checking it twice just yet, but our official “Holiday Needs List” has been released. Food drives are a staple for the GRACE Food Pantry, that serve so many families during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

If not for drives mounted by churches, companies, civic clubs, scout groups and many, many others, GRACE would not have enough to feed those who come to us for help.

Last holiday season, 838 meals made it to the tables of families struggling to make ends meet. Our community’s support gave warmth, comfort, and security during Thanksgiving and Christmas–seasons known for good hearts, gratitude, and humanity’s best Gift, in Jesus Christ.

If your family, civic group, church, or neighborhood would like to plan a collection drive or holiday meal for a family in need, please let us know. You can help us make this the most generous holiday season yet by brainstorming ideas to get your business, congregation or loved ones involved.

 

Along with food and perishable goods, a cash donation allows us to cover the purchase of milk, eggs, butter and a holiday turkey. GRACE has strong relationships with local food banks that help multiply the purchasing power of donated funds.

Food donations are gratefully accepted at the GRACE Food Pantry, 837 East Walnut Street in Grapevine. Hours are 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 1:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Download the Holiday Food Needs List 

About the GRACE 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.


 Fall Planting Work Day at the Community Gardens

Autumn reminds us of our abundant blessings, and few things are more tangible and rewarding than gathering the harvest and cultivating new growth at the Community Gardens.

Gardeners, outdoorsy-types, families and all are welcome to join in the good, clean fun in the dirt!

Late Fall Planting, Saturday, October 7, 9:00 a.m. – until completed. RSVP to Becca Clarke  (cell) 817-454-0731

Tasks will include planting cabbage transplants, turning compost bins, adding leaves, spent foliage and other materials to the compost bins, and weeding/mulching.

The Community Gardens also have numerous ongoing needs for those really into gardening and plants. Gardeners are encouraged to:

  •  Volunteer on scheduled work days – garden clean up/planting
  • Monetary donations (for seeds, sets and bedding plants)
  • Donation of seeds and plants for planting days

Donate here


GRACE Christmas Cottage

This location for the 2017 Christmas Cottage is at 3100 Timberline Drive, Grapevine, and the theme will be everything Disney—so look for lots of Mickeys, Minnies, Goofys, Donalds, and the whole gang dolled up in festive holiday gear.

Toy drives help GRACE give a merry Christmas to more than 2,500 children this year. In a dignified way, parents will be invited to come to Christmas Cottage and “shop” using a voucher, for the toys, clothes, electronics and other gifts for their children.

All gifts go into a big Santa’s Bag with wrapping paper, bows, and cards. This way our client parents get to experience the joy of watching their children open gifts on Christmas morning that they selected and wrapped especially for them.

Each family also gets a dozen fresh-baked cookies and stocking stuffers for the children. Also, the parents are asked to select a “Family Gift”, usually a kitchen appliance or something for their home.

If you are interested in holding a toy drive for Christmas Cottage, please let us know. We may be able to help with ideas and promotions that have worked for others in past years.


Join us for the GRACE Gala

No recap of GRACE Fall happenings would be complete without mentioning the GRACE Gala scheduled for Saturday, October 14.

We will be at the Hyatt Regency this year, with renowned dance band Emerald City providing the entertainment. Individual admissions are $325, table of ten are an added bargain for $3,000.

We will have a great gourmet dinner, fine wines, astounding Silent and Live Auction items, and much, much more.

Purchase GRACE Gala tickets here

And for information on the amazing Gala Raffle, read about them here.

Purchase Raffle Tickets

 

FEATURE HIGHLIGHT: BNSF

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.

ONE OF THE BEST BANDS IN THE U.S. PERFORMING AT THE GRACE GALA

The Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet welcomes the famed Emerald City Band at this year’s annual GRACE Gala. The 13-piece, 4-horn ensemble has performed among the most high-profile lineups, including performances with Alice Cooper, Mariah Carey and the Zac Brown Band.

The group is no stranger to lavish events, having performed twice at the White House and at the Ford Motor Company, Southwest Airlines, Microsoft, Super Bowl XLV, Apple and the American Airlines Center.

As of that wasn’t enough credential, the band has taken event performances to a new level and were recently recognized by the Dallas Morning News and D Magazine as “Entertainers of the Year”.

The Gala committee works diligently to provide guests with the most elite entertainment, food, auction items and event amenities so that their evening is as memorable as it is purposeful.

We’re thrilled to host Emerald City Band as our after-party performers. Check our their audio reel here.

The GRACE Gala, Northeast Tarrant County’s most prestigious black-tie charity event, will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport. Individual tickets are $325, and a table of ten is $3,000. Sponsorships for ample exposure, preferred seating and exclusive event access begin at $3,500. In-kind sponsorships are also available.

WE DID IT!

Last week donors seized the opportunity to have their donations maximized by North Texas Giving Day, a cyber event that amplifies donations by a collected pool of over $2.5M for charities across North Texas.

We are grateful to have received $30, 677 in donations to further GRACE programs. Once the tallies are in next month, we will know how much each donation was amplified, extending our reach to help more families across Northeast Tarrant County.

We realize that your resources are precious, so we are truly grateful to those who have made such a meaningful investment in the lives of others. We promise to be wise stewards of the funds given, so more families can find hope during a troubling season.

If you missed out on North Texas Giving Day, our website offers a 24/7 portal you can read about GRACE programs and make a tax-deductible donation.

FAITH CHRISTIAN PUTS LOVE IN ACTION

Faith Christian ninth graders divided and conquered at Donation Station this week for their school’s annual “Work-a-thon”, a campaign that raises funds for the school from close friends and family for every hour of volunteer service by the students.

The class split their energy between Donation Station and the Food Pantry, where they sorted food and organized items that had been donated this week.

Faith Christian has a steadfast history with GRACE, whose students serve regularly on behalf of Faith or with their personal time. Throughout the years, the student body has served at GRACEful Buys, Christmas Cottage and our holiday food drives.

Why Resale Operations Matter

At GRACE we have been blessed with abundant resources from our community, allowing us to utilize them to meet the greatest needs. Items donated can provide warm clothing for families, furnish homes for our Transitional Housing clients, or generate revenue to sustain GRACE programs.

For this operational necessity to happen much occurs behind the scenes to sort, assess and manage the incoming item donations. Beyond giving item donations, there are several feasible ways you can serve at GRACE through Donation Station.

How you can follow Faith Christian’s example

If your schedule allows regular shifts we ask that you consider taking part in the work that is being done at Donation Station. Weekly or monthly volunteers are vital to our momentum and the success of our resale stores and programs. Volunteers are needed to be the face of GRACE and greet those dropping off item donations. All interested will receive ample training and get to work with some fantastic people.

We are grateful for Faith Christian’s loyal partnership with GRACE to shine His light in our community. Read more about Faith Christian’s teaching philosophy here.

Inspired to serve? Learn more about Volunteer Projects at GRACE’s volunteer page.

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