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2018 Southlake Chamber of Commerce Awards

The Southlake Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet, presented by Texas Health Southlake, was held on June 21 at The Marq in Southlake. The event recognizes and celebrates volunteerism and good citizenship in the community.

Attendants to the event enjoyed the Bollywood Nights theme which included guests donning Bollywood attire, dancers and dance instruction, food and hen2na artists, as well as drumming from Harshad Kanetkar, a world-renowned Tabla player from India.

Several of the recipients who were honored are affiliated with GRACE programs and services. We are proud of all of our volunteers and congratulate all who are nominated and receiving awards in our communities. The Chamber Awards for 2018 went to the following individuals and businesses:

  • Chamber Director of the Year Award – Ryan Peabody
  • Chamber President’s Award – Mimi Tran
  • Chamber Ambassador of the Year – Bill Tait
  • Chamber Chairman’s Award – Julie Walter
  • Chamber Heart to Serve Award – Ian MacLean and Cheryl Fairbanks
  • Community Youth of the Year – Amanda Higginbotham
  • Community Volunteer of the Year – MaryLee Alford
  • Community Civic Group of the Year – House of Shine
  • Community Small Business of the Year – Leslie Barrows
  • Community Corporate Business of the Year – TD Ameritrade
  • Community Citizen of the Year – Mayor Laura Hill

As a member of the Southlake Chamber of Commerce, GRACE nominated individuals and businesses who are noted for going above and beyond in their efforts to help our community. The GRACE nominees were:

  • Citizens of the Year – Elizabeth and John  Huffman
  • Volunteers of the Year – Linda and John Slocum
  • Civic Group of the Year – Leadership Southlake
  • Small Business of the Year – Scratch Kitchen
  • Corporate Business of the Year – Randy White Real Estate Services

Congratulations to all our community leaders!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Park Place Challenge Benefits GRACE

Park Place dealerships held a drive to benefit the GRACE Food Pantry, to help restock needed items after the Community Clinic and Food Pantry fire. They also collected cash donations for fire relief . The top 5 managers with most food items were DUNKED at a Team Park Place event.

The drive collected over 600 items that will help many families in the coming months! A very big THANK YOU to Park Place staff and supporters for all they do for our community, and our congratulations to the winners for being dunked for a good cause!

Please check on our most updated Food Pantry needs here

 

 

 

 

United Way’s Day of Action at GRACE

June 21 was the United Way of Tarrant County’s Day of Action! Because of recent disasters like Hurricane Harvey, their focus was to help local shelters and partner agencies restock the shelves with basic hygiene and cleaning items like toothbrushes, shampoo and more.

Volunteers came together and assembled hygiene kits and cleaning kits that contained essential items to donate to our Food Pantry and Community Clinic. Each kit contained words of hope and encouragement for recipients, making the connection that much more special.

Thank you so much to the wonderful volunteers and to our partners, United Way of Tarrant County.

#RestockTarrant #UniteTarrant #GRACEGrapevine

 

Feed Our Kids at 121 Community Church

Feed Our Kids has a new home at 121 Community Church! The site was previously located in the Trailwood Mobile Home Estates for two years. Luckily, we found a new home to host the site, which  draws children from the neighborhoods bordering Ponderosa Drive and Chapparal Drive in east Grapevine.

“The partnership [with 121 Community Church] has been an incredible blessing,” says Lori Stevens, GRACE Seasonal Programs Coordinator. “The church staff has been very helpful, and have come out every single day to welcome our volunteers and see how they can assist us. We are so grateful ”

121 Community Church offers Feed Our Kids use of their parking lot, including setting up tents and picnic tables for children to come out and get their lunch. An average of 140 children come to this site every day to get their lunch from eager volunteers.

Partnering with Feed Our Kids is ideal for local businesses, civic groups and churches to invest in the community in an engaging way.

For as little as $2 per child, businesses can commit to adopting a day or workweek as meal hosts. Groups also have the option of sponsoring the meals for other groups to host.

Feed Our Kids is held at five different sites in the area. This week marks the third week of the program, and approximately 3,395 meals were served between Monday and Friday to children who during the school year are on free or reduced lunches, but are left to their own devices during the summer months when school is not in session.

“Each of the estimated 37,000 meals served this summer means security for a child vulnerable to hunger that day,” says Stevens. “Partnerships with local businesses and restaurants are crucial elements that afford us the ability to provide for each and every child in need.”

Depending on the site and type of meal, the average cost each day ranges between $100 and $500 to feed between 40-200 children. Groups are encouraged to bring games and engage with the children, though not required.

If you are interested in a sponsoring meals or volunteering, contact Lori Stevens.

A special thanks to YMSL Southlake, Dallas Airmotive, Abiding Grace Lutheran Church Grapevine, Lonesome Dove Church, White’s Chapel United Methodist Church and NCL Southlake for serving during the third week of Feed Our Kids!

Spotlight on : Rosa’s Home at Feed Our Kids

Photo Jun 15, 11 47 05 AM.jpgEvery weekday this summer, and for the past 10 summers, Rosa has volunteered to hand out lunches for Feed Our Kids. Because of layout of the mobile park where her home is located, it is impossible to set up a Feed Our Kids site to serve the residents of that community. So instead, lunches are delivered to Rosa’s house by different groups and children come to her house to get their lunch.

“We are very grateful for the people who donate to feed the children, I don’t know of any other place where people help other people like this”, she says.

Volunteers prepare and deliver food for 40 children at Rosa’s home. She is committed to handing out the food every day Monday through Friday. The children know the food is coming, and sometimes they are already waiting before the delivery comes. Her daughter Janet sometimes helps out hand out the food.

“This site is easier for smaller groups or individuals who want to help but don’t have the means for serving a larger group or can’t commit to having a group of people handing out food. This site only involves meal prep and delivery, as opposed to serving the meals, which can be difficult for some, and it’s a smaller group” says Lori Stevens, the GRACE Seasonal Programs Manager. The GRACE Feed Our Kids program is 100% volunteer-run, with the exception of Lori, who oversees the entire operation.

Partnering with Feed Our Kids is ideal for local businesses, civic groups and churches to invest in the community in an engaging way.

For as little as $2 per child, businesses can commit to adopting a day or workweek as meal hosts. Groups also have the option of sponsoring the meals for other groups to host.

In addition to Rosa’s home, Feed Our Kids is held at five different sites in the area. This week marks the second week of the program, and approximately 3,386 meals were served between Monday and Friday to children who during the school year are on free or reduced lunches, but are left to their own devices during the summer months when school is not in session.

“Each of the estimated 37,000 meals served this summer means security for a child vulnerable to hunger that day,” says Seasonal Program Coordinator Lori Stevens. “Partnerships with local businesses and restaurants are crucial elements that afford us the ability to provide for each and every child in need.”

Depending on the site and type of meal, the average cost each day ranges between $100 and $500 to feed between 40-200 children. Groups are encouraged to bring games and engage with the children, though not required.

If you are interested in a sponsoring meals or volunteering, contact Lori Stevens.

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89.7 WAY FM Volunteer Event at GRACE

webLogo_fullCircleOur partners at 89.7 WAY FM are holding a volunteer event at our GRACE Donation Station on Saturday, June 23, 2018 and are asking listeners to come join them!

There are two shifts available, or you can sign up to help the whole day! There will be treats and surprises for volunteers.

If you want to come serve that day, please sign up to volunteer here

New Event Revs Up Classic Chevrolet Charities

Roars from dozens of the coolest Harley Davidsons and vintage Corvettes led the charge as the first ever Classic Ride or Drive Charity Poker Run set off last Saturday morning. The Run is the latest in a series of events mounted by Classic Chevrolet at the request of its owner Tom Durant.

Seven years ago, Tom and his wife Susan challenged their employees to raise money in support of local community service agencies like GRACE. Even more, Susan and Tom pledged to match all the funds raised by Classic employees dollar for dollar.

This year, GRACE and twelve other charities, including 6 Stones, the Angel Fund of Trinity High School, Chari-T-2000, Christ’s Haven,  the Community Outreach Center, Community Storehouse, Food for the Soul, Mid-Cities Care Corps, Miracle League of Southlake, Neuro Fitness Foundation, RISE Adaptive Sports, and Unite for Troops, will share in the proceeds from Classic events.

GRACE Executive Director Shonda Schaefer and Seasonal Programs Manager Lori Stevens participated in the event, riding in style in the Classic Chevrolet GRACE Gala Camaro, decked out especially for the Gala by 91 Designs.

 

Saturday’s festivities began with the hospitality of the Texas Harley Team and Adam Smith, who also pledged to match all revenues from the Run. The motorcade made stops at 6 Stones in Euless, the Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, and the Rockin’ S Bar and Grill at Twin Coves Marina in Flower Mound, before returning to Texas Harley in Bedford.

Envelopes marked with 52 blank squares were punched at each stop. Once the envelopes were opened the driver’s poker hand was revealed and put in competition with the other drivers’ hands.

“We had a great turn out today!,” said Ride or Drive  Director Stephanie Brogan, “Thank you everyone who came out to support our amazing charities!”

Our thanks to Susan and Tom Durant, Classic Chevrolet, Adam Smith and Texas Harley, the Lone Star Corvette Club, and all of the riders and drivers that made the run a great success.

The Classic Chevrolet 5K de Mayo took place in May on the nature trails around Big Bear Creek, and the 7th Annual Steve Thompson Classic Chevrolet Golf Tournament will take place October 4. To-date, the golf tournament, named in memory of Steve Thompson of the Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet, has raised more than $2.5 million for local charities.

Click here for more information about Classic Chevrolet events.

Father’s Day Car Show at Compass Christian Church

On Sunday, June 17, 2018, Compass Christian Church in Roanoke will host their first annual Father’s Day Car Show benefiting GRACE, in support of the rebuild efforts after the Community Clinic and Food Pantry fire.

The car show will feature all types of cars, from hot rods to classic cars. The event will begin at 11:00 am and will continue on to 2:00 p.m., with a $20 entry fee. They will also be accepting gift card donations.

“Compass Christian Church is excited to partner with GRACE and help our community while celebrating Father’s Day, too,” said Phillip Kemp, Missions Associate Pastor. “We invite the public to stop by, vote on their favorite car, make a donation and enjoy free ice cream.”

For directions, please go to mycompasschurch.com.

About Compass Christian Church

Compass Christian Church is a dynamic and growing church that offers practical, Bible-based teachings that apply to everyday life. With campuses in Colleyville, Roanoke, North Richland Hills, North Fort Worth, Texas, and online, the church has an active membership of more than 4,000. Founded in 1966, Compass has a primary mission of Navigating People to God by living out four core values: Navigate, Engage, Serve and Worship.

Style & GRACE turns SEVEN!

This week Style & GRACE celebrated seven years of operation!

The secret to the upscale resale boutique’s success is their personal approach to customer needs. Here’s what the new and loyal customers alike have to say about Style & GRACE:

“I needed a special length sterling chain and Jana called me when she got the size I needed. Try this shop just once and you will be back again and again…”

-Virginia

“[The shop] is a marvelous place to find excellent prices on designer clothing and accessories …With the help of Jana and the other delightful ladies, I seldom leave without finding a special treasure!”

-PJ

“Love this boutique! I have gotten some fabulous deals, the workers are volunteers, and the proceeds go to charity, it’s always a WIN-WIN!”

-Maure

New customers become “regulars” once they discover the “VIP treatment” they receive with insider deals and special requests.  Customers are also overjoyed to find designer bags with the tags still on them and pristine jewelry to complete a chic outfit.

Style & GRACE’s rotating jewelry section rivals what you can find at any department store at a fraction of the cost. The boutique also offers an impressive range of accessories, men’s clothing and hand bags.

Each day of operation at our resale stores, Donation Station, Food Pantry, Clothing Room, Transitional Housing, Clinic and other client services are made possible by your generous donations and patronage.

Make sure to follow Style & GRACE on Facebook and Twitter to find out about special sales and events!

At Style & GRACE, kindness is timeless and giving is always in fashion! Happy Birthday!

Style & GRACE is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and is located at 2030 Glade Road, Suite 238 near Hobby Lobby in Grapevine.

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