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NATIONAL CONVENTION COLLECTS RELIEF KITS FOR LOCAL FAMILIES

It’s always encouraging to know that people from across the nation have a heart for our local community. Our unique position as a desirable hot spot for conventions and other national functions allow guests to learn about this wonderful community and ways to serve together.

ASEA asked their sales associates from around the country to donate hygiene items at their convention for their ASEA Advancing Life Foundations Have an Impact, Make a Difference Day.

“We created this day to find ways to give back in the local communities,” said Chairman of the Board for ASEA KimMarie Larson. “We don’t need to go to a third world country or have millions of dollars to make an impact; we feel it is important for people to realize that we have needs in our own backyards.”

ASEA also enlisted the help of the Gaylord Texan and Grapevine CVB to hit their goal of 1,000 hygiene kits, which included bath essentials to give to displaced families and individuals. With over 300 people coming together, the kits were assembled in 33 minutes.

“Together we are able to do more. When you combine small acts together great things can happen,” noted Larsen.

ASEA is a direct-sales company based out of Utah that manufactures products for optimal health and personal growth, including supplements and skin therapy.

ASEA has also partnered with CHOICE Humanitarian to build water cisterns and stoves for small villages, as well as care packages and health kits for developing areas in Latin America.

Thank you Gaylord Texan and Grapevine CVB for collaborating with national corporations to strengthen families in Northeast Tarrant County!

FOODIES REJOICE

Another Broken Egg Café, Southlake’s newest breakfast joint is giving us another delicious reason to enjoy gourmet omelets, eggs benedict and biscuit beignets.

As a prelude to their Grand Opening, Another Broken Egg Café is extending the invitation for a friends and family event on Saturday, October 1 from 9am to 1pm for free breakfast. All voluntary tips and donations will be given to fund GRACE programs.

Another Broken Egg Café was established in 1996 in a century-year old cottage in the historic parish of Mandeville, Louisiana. The unique spin on classic breakfast dishes has been a hit nationwide, boasting dozens of U.S. locations and two in the DFW Metroplex.

We are excited to celebrate with Another Broken Egg Café and thank them in advance for allowing us as their guests on behalf of the clients we serve. To make an impact, be sure to make your reservation online for the limited seating engagement. A reservation is required to take part, and the invitation is up to four guests.

Make your reservation here. 

For more information about this event please email southlake@anotherbrokenegg.com.

 

VIP PARTY DELIVERS A TREASURED EXPERIENCE

Special guests enjoyed a memorable evening at the enchanting estate of Hilda and Aslam Khan during the 2016 GRACE Gala VIP Party.

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 the largest franchise owner of Church’s Chicken, among other ventures. 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 2016 Gala Chairs Ashley and Andy Cunningham, and the 2016 Angel of GRACE recipient, which will be formally announced the night of the Gala on October 22.

Guests entered the residence through a winding botanical walkway and gathered at a posh cabana just outside of the estate. Exotic hors d’oeuvres were passed, including a house favorite of candied bacon and poached pear tarts.

All raffle ticket owners present had the chance to win a custom fitted Nehru jacket, a custom tailored blazer manufactured by host Aslam Khan.

A special thanks to Randy Johnson at Bear Creek Wine and Spirits and Noble Rey Brewing Company for the beer selection, a very generous donor for providing wine, Alford Media, the impeccable team at Tastefully Yours and talented event photographer, Sarah Ware of Sarah Ware Photography.

Complete Photo Album to come!

BECAUSE GIVING IS ALWAYS IN FASHION

If fashion is the universal language of women, there were was no shortage of winsome exchange during the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce Women’s Division Fashion show, hosted by Style & GRACE.

The sponsored GRACE event was held at Messina Hof winery in Grapevine this week to address meeting updates, share the message of GRACE, and of course, enjoy some fashionable finds over lunch with friends.

GRACE Executive Director Shonda Schaefer spoke and extended her thanks to the countless hours of volunteer service the Women’s Division members have invested on behalf of GRACE families.

The two notable causes the Women’s Division invests in are the Christmas Spirit campaign, which shows love to isolated seniors over the Christmas holiday, and the Back to School Campaign, which works to equip all elementary students for the new school year.

Style & GRACE had the chance to showcase the stunning formal fashions for a fraction of the retail cost—often with the tags still attached. The upscale resale boutique is a jewel for unique formal attire, high-end brands and accessories that rival any expensive department retailer.

The Women’s Division just hosted their first-ever Uncorked event, which raises proceeds for GRACE causes. GRACE is truly grateful for these generous leaders who dedicate so much to make this community a more beautiful place to live.

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For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
– Audrey Hepburn

ONE-DAY CYBER GIVING EVENT A SUCCESS

Yesterday members of the community seized the opportunity to have their online donation maximized through North Texas Giving Day, an online giving campaign that amplifies individual gifts by a pool of $2.5 million in funds for charities across North Texas.

We are grateful to the 153 donors who invested a record-breaking $33,200 in 2016! All the funds will be amplified soon when the final tallies are made by the Communities Foundation.

The one-day cyber event boosts donations of $25 or more, making every dollar work harder to ensure the vital needs of each family in our community are met.

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.

TODAY IS THE DAY!

North Texas Giving Day is finally here—giving you the chance to make an even bigger impact with your online donation amplified from a pool of $2.5 million dollars!

This one-day cyber event from 6 a.m. to midnight on Thursday, September 22 boosts donations of $25 or more so that every cent reaches its maximum potential to help families in need.

  • $25 Provides one senior with commodities for a week
  • $50 Provides one child with a new backpack and supplies for the new school year
  • $100 Delivers diabetes treatment for a family’s sole wage earner for a week
  • $300 Gives a home to a domestic violence victim and her children for a week

We know that your resources are precious. With more than 82 cents of every dollar devoted directly to providing food, clothing, shelter and medical attention to struggling families, GRACE continually strives to be leading stewards of God’s blessings so we can give families a hand up and equip them to share their blessings with others.

Will you partner with us on this exciting day? Every online gift makes self-sufficiency a closer reality for a family facing hardship.

Also, sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter so you can rally for GRACE for 2016 North Texas Giving Day!

In His Service,

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Shonda Schaefer, GRACE Executive Director

FACES OF GRACE: ANSWERING THE CALL

“Faces of GRACE” is an editorial series that highlights instrumental volunteers who offer their talents and resources to support families in need.

The volunteers at reception are perhaps among the unsung heroes at GRACE.  Terry Meyers, Michele Pierce and Pat Gibson have loyally volunteered with answering calls, reassuring clients and performing clerical duties to ensure the office runs smoothly every day.

Terry Meyers


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Terry Meyers, middle

We asked Terry how she was introduced to GRACE, and here is what she said in her own words,

“I started volunteering at GRACE shortly after my retirement in June of 2014. I knew I had to have a plan for what I’d do next had been praying that God would lead me where he wanted me to be.

“I remembered the compassion that was shown me the day I brought all of my deceased husband’s belongings to the Donation Station. I was having a hard time letting go of his things and the attendant greeting me must have realized this because she touched my arm and said ‘you don’t know how much these things will help; we’ll take good care of them.’  Right then I knew that this was the kind of organization I wanted to be involved in – one with compassion. I’ve never regretted it.”

Terry worked with Boy Scouts of America for 33 years as an administrator for scouting programs abroad.  While she has strength in administrate tasks, Terry was also matched with two Friends & Family seniors, and was nominated by GRACE as the Outstanding Older American in 2015.

Michele Pierce


michelepierceMichele had a volunteer project with GRACE some time ago, and after she attended the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, she was reinvigorated to volunteer on a regular basis. Although Michele comes from corporate America, she’s quick to point out the significance of customer service no matter what you set out to do.

“I noticed right off that the mentality of the team at GRACE was to treat clients with great respect,” said Michele. “Respect is contagious. I am glad I have the opportunity to show the love of Christ to those who come through the door.”

When asked what has been the most rewarding aspect of her time at GRACE, she described how the spirits of the clients seem to soar after speaking with a client advocate. She said it’s subtle, but you come to recognize the look of hope on someone’s face.

Pat Gibson


pat.jpgPat spent her entire professional career moving up the ladder in the telecommunications industry. After retiring last October, she knew the administrative skillset she had garnered over the years could be put to use somewhere.

Her family had been involved with GRACE with volunteer projects over the years, but it was only during volunteer orientation that she realized the vast scope of services GRACE offered to the community. Volunteering in an office setting felt like a natural fit.

Similar to Michele, one of the greatest first impressions the clients made on Pat was the look of relief on their face after speaking with a case manager.

When asked if there was anything the community was interested to know, Pat said this: “I would say that 98% of the clients are genuinely grateful for the assistance they receive at GRACE.  The GRACE staff and volunteers are some of the most caring people I have ever met; they treat clients with the respect they deserve.”

These three women share the same competence, compassion and humility, which make the frontlines of GRACE a place of refuge, reassurance and hope. Thanks,Terry, Michele and Pat for investing your time and talents to those who come through our doors!

If you are interested in serving in an administrative capacity, contact Volunteer Manager Lara Hohweiler.

HIGHLIGHT: THE THOMPSON GROUP AT CLASSIC CHEVROLET

The Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet has such a trademark reputation for community engagement, that their philanthropic business model and company culture are one in the same.

As the Title Sponsor for the GRACE Gala for the ninth consecutive year, The Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet has been instrumental in the success of the GRACE Gala, GRACE’s primary funding event that sustains programs throughout the year.

Classic Chevrolet’s involvement has extended beyond the Gala. Ken Thompson has instilled a spirit of giving with their employees through a generous Employee Giving Campaign, a legacy that began when owners Tom and Susan Durant matched each employee gift dollar for dollar.

In 2012 a committee was formed by the employees to take the effort to the next level, which launched Classic’s Annual Golf Tournament. All proceeds from this year’s event fund nine charities, including GRACE. Proceeds have increased each year, raising a collective $1,257,148 thus far.

It’s the generous vision of The Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet that has blessed them with their success, and we are continually humbled by their partnership.

This year’s Steve Thompson Classic Charity Golf Tournament will take place on October 5. Get details how you can partner and participate here.

MORE THAN A RESALE STORE

One of the incredible aspects of having multiple outlets to the community is witnessing the unique blessings that come with each venture.

While the primary goal of our resale operations is to generate revenue that sustain programs throughout the year, the same core values that drive our programs permeate in all our endeavors, including our resale operations.

The resale staff are cognizant ambassadors of GRACE who understand that engaging with the community begins with respecting their customers.

The friendly mindset has become so contagious among the shoppers that many consider both GRACEful Buys locations and Style & GRACE their neighborhood store.

“I don’t know how many times we hear people say what a blessing our store has been because of what wonderful items a customer has purchased of great value that they wouldn’t have been able to afford if not for GRACE,” says GRACEful Buys Euless Manager Larry Cervantes.

The staff creates a bond with their customer that is increasingly rare in the retail world. It’s the great deals on upscale clothing and furniture that bring them to our doors, but it’s the sense of ownership and mission that keep them coming back.

If you’ve never been by either GRACEful Buys locations or Style & GRACE, both GRACEful Buys locations are having a men’s clothing sale, and Style & GRACE is having a half off sale on all jewelry.

100% of all resale revenue at both GRACEful Buys locations and Style & GRACE fund GRACE programs, which provide food, clothing, medical care and shelter to families facing crisis due to limited income or recent emergency. Items collected at Donation Station are utilized for families through resale revenue or material assistance.

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