Sponsors Glow Brightly April 10

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The 2015 Drive into the Night benefiting GRACE children’s programs is right around the corner on April 10 at the Grapevine Golf Course! The evening begins at 5:30 and continues with putting contests, exciting raffles, dinner and a unique, glowing golf experience!

GRACE’s Drive into the Night starts with a twilight tee-off and runs into the night with nine holes golf illuminated only by the stars, glow sticks and LEDs.

Whether a player is highly skilled or otherwise, this event is an excellent opportunity to spend time with friends and enjoy some great food and prizes as you swing your way around the course with a glowing golf ball.

The golfers will have a wonderful time, and winners take home fabulous prizes. We appreciate our many sponsors who help make this event so successful.

The money raised through Drive into the Night will help GRACE make a difference in the lives of children in our community.

One of several GRACE programs is the Feed Our Kids summer lunch program that provides nutritious meals to children who would otherwise go hungry during the summer weeks when their school is not in session. Last summer more than 38,500 lunches were served.

Another children’s program is the GRACE Christmas Cottage that provides parents with an opportunity to “shop” for their children’s holiday gifts with a sense of dignity and pride. Christmas Cottage gives more than 1,600 children a Merry Christmas each year.

Your participation in Drive into the Night, as a sponsor, golfer or guest, will help ensure that these programs reach as many children as possible in the coming year.

For more information on how to become a sponsor, or how to field a team for the 2015 Drive into the Night, contact Mark Woolverton at 817-305-4654, or email mwoolverton@gracegrapevine.org. Learn more about the event at www.DriveIntoTheNight.com.

A Sweet Reason to Celebrate

sugar-2-2015-007 The Bible tells us that kind words and wisdom are as sweet as honey to the soul, but we think the 640 pounds of sugar is equally heavenly.

Mike Fay and his community group, “Wing and a Prayer” with Good Shepherd Catholic Community decided to give the GRACE Food Pantry clients a pantry staple, the universally splendid ingredient that gives meaning to birthday cakes and fresh lemonade: good old fashioned, unabridged sugar.

The group of 15 members took turns each month with their donation, and after a year of organizing, the group was able to make a single bulk purchase and deliver 160 bags of sugar to GRACE. “We are thrilled to be able to help GRACE in this small way,” added Mike.

The congregation at Good Shepherd partners with GRACE for a myriad of projects, including the GRACE Community Garden, Donation Station and our resale stores. What’s more, “Wing and a Prayer” has pledged to stock the Food Pantry with sugar each month.

A heartfelt thanks to the members of “Wing and a Prayer” for giving struggling families a sweet reason to celebrate.

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Feed Our Kids Serves During Spring Break

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GRACE is excited to announce that our Feed Our Kids program will be hosting a week-long event to meet the needs of families at risk for hunger during the week children are out of school for Spring Break.

Hosting at Dove Elementary and GRACE Main, various community groups and local businesses will partner with GRACE to provide nutritious lunches for school children from March 9-13.

“We understand that while Spring Break is enjoyable for most of us, vacation days often place working parents in a difficult position, adding stressors to at-risk families who rely on reduced or free lunch programs to provide meals to their children,” says Seasonal Program Manager Lori Stevens, “It’s our goal to alleviate pressure for these families and ensure children enjoy good health throughout the year.”

If successful, GRACE plans to extend our reach to Dove Elementary during the summer months in addition to the Spring Break campaign.

We are already covered for volunteers during Spring Break, but our increased coverage in 2015 means more volunteer opportunities in the summer! If your business, civic group or congregation would like to learn more about volunteer service this summer, contact Lori Stevens at lstevens@GRACEGrapevine.org.

If you would like to make a monetary donation for Feed Our Kids materials, including plastic ware, games, etc. you can donate online here.FOK

Community Rally a Success

Community-Rally-105GRACE has been strengthened by the outpouring of support in the wake of the arson incident that caused considerable damage to GRACE Donation Station earlier this month.

Saturday’s Community Rally was a fitting way to thank those who came to our aide, share agency updates, and accept the item donations supporters graciously held onto while Donation Station was recuperating.

Rocky Gribble, the Rosewood Trio and Justin Mason provided some southern entertainment, and no block party would be complete without a delicious plate of BBQ, generously provided by Jerry Jones. The faithful crew ‘behind the curtain’, Alford Media, set up our staging and sound at a moment’s notice with their usual panache and seamless professionalism.

Just as no outdoor event would be complete without coleslaw and potato salad, a cold brew from Grapevine Craft Brewery was the perfect complement to the homemade meal. Gary Humble and his team at GCB were one of the first to take action, launching a matching campaign that generated over $19K through gofundme.com in less than three days. The proceeds will benefit the GRACE mission and help with fire recovery efforts. (Read more about GCB’s incredible campaign here.)

GRACE Special Events Coordinator Chelsea Rose displayed her range of talent as she and her sister Chaney Rose opened the program by singing, “Amazing GRACE” a capella.

The event was complete with door prizes and silent auction items, including a Texas Rangers four-pack, Drive into the Night golf tickets and GRACE Gala seats. Captain, official mascot of the Texas Rangers, was our special guest, and between Captain and the Grapevine Fire Department’s fire truck, it was a toss-up which excited the children more.

Last week’s impromptu Community Rally was a success from start to finish. The embrace felt from this community has been nothing short of inspiring, and GRACE is unequivocally motivated to extend the same level of compassion we’ve received to families facing hardship each day.

Check out our Facebook page for rally photos.

A warmhearted thanks to:

Alford Media, Rocky Gribble and the Rosewood Trio, Justin Mason

Gary Humble with Grapevine Craft Brewery, Jerry Jones BBQ, Market Street and Halls Grocery

Grapevine Fire Department, Police Department, Convention & Visitors Bureau and Grapevine Chamber of Commerce

Southlake Home Depot, Allied Waste

Texas Rangers, Grapevine Fire Association

Gateway Church, First United Methodist, Congregation Beth Israel

Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers, Park Place Lexus

Pack Serves Beyond the Badge

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Southlake Cub Scout Pack 507 from Johnson Elementary answered the call to serve one our very own in need of some dexterous outdoorsmen.

*Ruby, a senior who participates in our Friends & Family program, feels fortunate to have been chosen for the scouts’ Community Service Badge project.

It was vital to their fearless Pack leader, Amy Newby, to meet the needs of their neighbors in a palpable way. “We want to help the people that GRACE helps every day! As parents we constantly try to teach our young boys about respect, work ethic, and helping others. Community service is a great way not to just preach to them but to SHOW them!” says Amy.

FFtroop3In essence, Pack 507 showed us what is it is like to work hard and look beyond immediate needs. The dedicated pack took swift action, diligently raking and bagging leaves to beautify Ruby’s yard.

For these young men, this project was not only a perfect way to put their skills to good use, it was extremely important that they got the job done without leaving one leaf behind. When the troop insisted that Ruby have flowers, the parents were obliged to make a trip to the store to buy materials.

The pack even took the time to sing to the senior to brighten her spirits, an act of kindness that goes beyond a patch on their sleeve. Ruby was elated to share their company, and especially enjoyed her beautiful flowers.

Thank you to the Southlake Cub Scout Pack 507 for serving your community and upholding the Cub Scout Promise!

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Grapevine Craft Brewery GoFundMe Campaign for GRACE Quadruples

GCBPerhaps it’s the one of the last places you’d expect to find a loyal partnership, but Gary Humble and his team at the award-winning Grapevine Craft Brewery have shown the Dallas-Fort Worth area that brew and benevolence go hand in hand.

From the very beginning of GCB, Humble has made a purposeful, thoughtful pledge to make his craft brewery less about business and more about integrity, philanthropy, and community. In doing so Humble has lived up to his name, donating 5% of his kickstarter campaign to local charities in 2013.

GCB vidGCB launched another campaign this week with matching funds to support GRACE fire recovery efforts. The response that followed left everyone astounded.

The original goal was to raise $2,500 in community support, with GCB’s matching pledge of $2,500. As an incentive, GCB offered a lifetime CGB membership to pledges of $250 or more, which to a craft beer fanatic, is par to being knighted by a King.

“We just felt like something so dramatic that happened in our backyard, we had to do something,” Humble said.

Within 24 hours, the gofundme page stretched to $10,000. The folks at local favorite Flips Patio Grill followed suite and pledged $2,500 to GRACE. Ending at nearly $20,000, our agency was blown away by the community support garnered by GCB, and know its success leans heavily on the respect our community has for Humble.

In conjunction with the campaign, GCB will be at our Community Rally tomorrow at GRACE Main, 610 Shady Brooke Drive with Justin Mason and Rocky Gribble and company. All area residents and media are encouraged to attend this free event. Donations received from this event go to advancing our mission and fire recovery efforts.

“It’s a Grapevine party,” Humble said. “100 percent of everything coming out of this is going back to GRACE.”

Gary Humble and his team at GCB inspire us to remember that everyone can employ their resources and God-given talents to help others.  It is our prayer that God continues to bless the businesses who care about the things He cares about, and we encourage patronage to businesses who have a kindred love for the GRACE mission.  We will keep you updated on GCB’s campaign for GRACE. Until then, we hope to see you tomorrow at our Community Rally!

 

An Irish Blessing
May you always have
Walls for the winds,
A roof for the rain,
Tea beside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all your heart might desire!

When the Smoke Cleared

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On February 12, GRACE Donation Station suffered significant damage from a fire, which incurred an estimated $75,000 loss in destroyed goods and infrastructure.

As an organization that takes great responsibility for the donations the community has entrusted to us, watching such an integral part of GRACE become engulfed in flames left us feeling momentarily powerless.

Before the smoke cleared it became abundantly clear that the very people of this community who have sustained GRACE for nearly 30 years would also help revitalize us. Neighbors, business owners and city officials immediately came to our aide, eager to meet our most pressing needs.

Nearly 125 people came to the cleanup early Saturday morning, rummaging through mildewed bags, sweeping ashes, and hauling away the debris that was once our storehouse. Local businesses jumped in and donated equipment, rolled up their sleeves, and even launched a matching funding campaign.

There, in the wake of theft and arson, GRACE’s mission to demonstrate compassion to those in crisis became a living, breathing, first-hand experience that can only be described as humbling and moving.

The fire damage itself can’t help but remind us of the brokenness struggling families experience in the face of adversity. Job loss, domestic abuse, underemployment or unforeseen repairs can threaten families’ ability to pay their utility bills, feed their children or even keep their homes. True to its nature, hardship almost always ignites suddenly and consumes rapidly.

In the same way calamity seeks to destroy, this community’s love for one another yields an overflowing power able to strengthen GRACE, and ultimately families who need our services. We have felt the embrace of this community, and our resolve to serve families facing emergency is now stronger than ever.

As we advance our mission to extend compassion to struggling families, we respectfully ask for your continued support. GRACE pledges to be an earnest steward of your treasured time, tithe and talents, directing them to those who need it most.

To the residents and businesses of this community, we are genuinely grateful for your unwavering support during this time of rebuilding. Our vitality is much greater than a fire, and our confidence in this community is greater still.