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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.

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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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Last month we had the great privilege of welcoming Deanna and her five-year-old daughter, Lauren to their new home though GRACE’s Transitional Housing program.

Seeing the look on a mother or father’s face the moment he or she has entered a safe, stable home, surrounded by a loving community is impossible to describe or quantify.

The gratitude and overwhelming emotions experienced often renders the parents speechless. Once they have a moment to collect themselves, women like Deanna hug their children a little tighter and share their heartfelt desire to be worthy of the community’s blessing.

This particular home was remodeled by members of Compass Christian Church, and no detail was overlooked to provide warmth and comfort as Deanna and her daughter forge a new future for their family.

Deanna’s story has just started to unfold, but she has overcome many hardships. Her humble spirit and determination have made her a great asset to the program, and plans to embark on her new job next week!

The two are settling beautifully, and she was able to enroll her daughter in school and daycare, thanks to the support of GRACE donors.

The day each individual or family moves into the program, GRACE Staff, Board Members, and volunteers gather to earnestly pray for them. They are reminded that the program is difficult work and that everyone present and represented is here to encourage, lift and embolden them on their journey.

It’s God’s provision through His people that ensures women like Deanna thrive in a safe, stable environment to become the best woman and mother she can possibly be. For that, our own gratitude is difficult to quantify.

On behalf of Deanna, Lauren, and the other families that you equip through GRACE programs, thank you.

View the apartment home remodel below.

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TWO WAYS TO ADD A SMILE TO YOUR CART

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you are prompted to select a charitable organization from our list of eligible organizations. You can change your selection at any time.

To change your charitable organization:

  1. Sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser.
  2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
  3. Select a new charitable organization to support.

For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about.

AmazonSmile is a simple, automatic way to support GRACE with things you already purchase online. By selecting GRACE’s AmazonSmile page, a portion of everything you purchase (.5%) funds our programs at no cost to you.

Follow the link here to find our AmazonSmile page, and have the option of adding it to your toolbar for quick access. AmazonSmile is an effortless way to designate funds for things you already buy for the Holidays and throughout the year.

Families who are crunched for time can also purchase groceries, toiletries, and household goods via Amazon Pantry, and have the goods delivered directly to the GRACE Food Pantry! Be sure update the shipping address:

GRACE Food Pantry

837 E. Walnut Street

Grapevine, TX 76051.

Your contribution will arrive anonymously unless you choose the “gift card” option that appears at checkout. We would love to send a thank you, so be sure to include your contact information on the guest panel.

You can find the latest Food Pantry Needs list on our GRACE homepage. Download the list here.

RUSTY RECEIVES ESTEEMED ‘SERVICE ABOVE SELF’ AWARD

Food Pantry Manager, Rusty Thigpen, was named this year’s recipient of the “Ken Diehm Service Above Self Award”.

This tremendous honor follows the altruistic legacy of the late Dr. Ken Diehm, Grapevine Rotary member and First United Methodist Church Pastor, who passed away in 2011 of acute leukemia.

The client-choice pantry approach to maintain the dignity of each family member was Rusty’s vision when he began with GRACE seventeen years ago.

His relational approach with clients, volunteers, donors and staff align with GRACE’s core values and continue to shape the unique platform at the GRACE Food Pantry.

Rusty collaborates with the community to secure, sort and display food and other essentials for an average of 400 families each month. He also coordinates volunteers, food drive, and food basket distributions to nearly 500 families for Thanksgiving and again for Christmas.

Rusty consistently adds new volunteers and finds ways to utilize a wide variety of talents among groups and individuals wanting to serve at GRACE. His integrity has also earned the loyalty of his volunteers, many of whom have worked alongside him his entire tenure at GRACE.

Rusty is a man of great character and is respected throughout Grapevine and its surrounding communities.  It is hard to go anywhere with Rusty where someone doesn’t know him. As the coordinator for over 150 donations each month, Rusty is often the face of GRACE, personally thanking organizations and individuals for making sure no families in the community experience hunger.

We admire Rusty for his kindness, vigor, and humor, and could think of no one better to the worthy task of restoring dignity, worth and hope to families facing hardship.

FEATURE HIGHLIGHT: THE HARTNETT GROUP

It would come as no surprise that the kings of dining, The Hartnett Group, would be this year’s Dinner Feature Sponsor for the GRACE Gala.

The Hartnett Group is the genius behind your favorite local restaurants, including Bob’s Steak & Chop House, Flips Patio Grill, Mi Dia, and Winewood Grill. The Hartnett family has seemed to master every cuisine imaginable, from a decadent brunch, prime ‘cote de boeuf’ bone-in ribeye, to juicy hamburgers and authentic Latin American fare.

As longtime supporters of GRACE, The Hartnett Group’s investment as the Dinner Feature Sponsor raises funds to ensure that no family in our community go without food, shelter, clothing, and medical care.

Mi Dia, ranked among D Magazine’s coveted Top 50, has expanded from Grapevine to Flower Mound and Plano. Second to its authentic ingredients and true namesake “from scratch” approach, Mi Dia is the best place to enjoy a margarita aside the patio firepot.

When Winewood premiered its now-famous brunch menu among nearly two hundred of the area’s finest food connoisseurs, The Harnett Group seized the opportunity to launch an awareness campaign event for GRACE’s annual Holiday Food Drive to families in need.

Flips Patio Grill is a household name for Grapevine residents, and also offers live music, a revolving tap, and plenty of screens for sports enthusiasts. But let’s not forget the real reason we like to pay Flips a visit: fresh beef lined with those wonderful gooey cheeses.

Much of The Hartnett Group’s success in the local market and beyond is their investment in local families who experience the hardship of a recent job loss, unexpected illness or unforeseen repairs that jeopardize their ability to feed their families.

Heartfelt thanks to the Hartnett family for their loyal partnership and compassion in the community.

The 2017 GRACE Gala will take place on Saturday, October 14 at the Hyatt Regency DFW. As GRACE’s largest fund raising event of the year, the event revenue provides foundational support to further the GRACE mission. Sponsorships range from $2,000 to $20,000. Individual tickets are $325, and a table of ten is $3,000. Auction item sponsorships are also available.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

When we asked the community to help us provide supplies to at-risk children, we were overwhelmed by backpacks filled with school supplies!

TriNet Lessens Load

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TriNet, a Human Resources Benefits company, have made it their annual mission to ensure our backpack inventory lightens the load for every family in need each school year.

This year the company filled 125 new backpacks with supplies for high school and elementary students.

Indian Princesses

The Indian Princess Ojibway Tribe of Southlake of the Yo-He-Way Nation collaborated their hard work with a reprise of ice cream. The club hosted a collection site at Braums, and supplemented our Back to School drive for families in need.

Indian Princess enables daughters to spend quality time with their dads through social events, such as the Sweetheart Dance, annual Christmas Party, sporting events, Pinewood Derby, Fishing Hole Day and benevolence projects.

Janning Foundation furthers GRACE programs

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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.

This year GRACE was awarded $15,000 to fund GRACE programs for local families.

Tate Family Dentistry launches “Socks n’ Skivvies” campaign

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We can’t stop smiling at the impressive donation collected by the staff and patients of Tate  Family Dentistry.

The local business encouraged support through their active social media channel and reminded patients to bring donations before their appointment.

To those who participated in collection drives, assembled bags and volunteered hours at the Back to School Fair, your investment is appreciated. You have alleviated the burden for so many families and given a fresh start to hundreds of children.

Did you know

Studies reveal that the cost for school supplies and activities for students has risen up to 85% over the past ten years. A modest estimate for each elementary age child is $100 in supply expenses and up to $1,000 for a high school student when you weigh in supplies, gym clothes, field trip fees, musical instruments and other costs throughout the year.

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