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GRACE NAMED ART IN THE SQUARE BENEFICIARY

It has become a fixture in Southlake’s already sophisticated reputation for artistry and handsome urban culture. From April 28-30, Art in the Square will showcase 150 of some of the nation’s top artists to benefit local charities supporting women, children and families, including GRACE programs.

The fine art fair boasts carefully-curated artwork and a tremendous line up of musicians, who take the stage each of the three nights of Art in the Square. Best of all, families can enjoy the festivities free of charge.

The colossal endeavor was created by Southlake Women’s Club, a highly-respected nonprofit in its own right with over 150 members and unrivaled community engagement. The club has been a pillar in the Southlake and surrounding community for three decades, and raises funds for scholarships, grants and school supplies throughout the year.

The club forms a vigorous committee to carefully select each represented artist and beneficiary organization. Since launching in 2000 the event proceeds have generated over $2M in vital funding to local charities.

GRACE is honored to be among the beneficiaries for providing relief to families in crisis by providing food, clothing, housing and education to those struggling in the community. We’ll be serving at Art in the Square on April 28-30, and we hope to see you there! Get complete details at ArtintheSquare.com.

RESALE FURNITURE FLIPS

There’s something almost sacred when an old, forgotten piece of furniture is given new life. A coat of varnish, fresh paint or new knobs has the power to wake up a sleepy night stand or drab table to the most celebrated piece in the room.

When it comes to finding that diamond in the rough, both GRACEful Buys locations are jewels themselves as the best-kept secret furniture destinations in the Metroplex. Did we mention that furniture is 40% off today through March 5 at both GRACEful Buys sites?

There are plenty of like-new game room, dining and living room furniture from donors who went through a recent home remodel, along with lackluster pieces just begging for a new lifetime in your home.

For those just dipping their toes in the world of furniture recuperation, there’s what we like to call the “iconic corner cathedra”—the lonely chair that has long been separated from its table and counterparts. It’s the ideal furniture project that allows for greater liberties since there is less time commitment. Colorful chairs fit neatly in any corner in any room, and can easily pair with a bright pillow for an instant statement.

A classic furniture redo is the credenza, which is not only fun to say, but highly versatile. Arrange it in your entryway as a home for your keys, in your dining room for storage or under your TV as a media center.

Home improvement warehouses and craft stores offer a wide scope of paint finishes, from the ever-popular French finish by Annie Sloan (spoiler: Hobby Lobby sells the same chalk paint finish for $4 a tube) to rust-resistant paint for outdoor projects.

Likewise, stain and polyurethane now come as a one-step gel to give a rich, renewed look to antiques.

At GRACEful Buys you are only limited by your creativity to repurpose and rejuvenate furniture pieces at a fraction of the price.

Perhaps most rewarding about your project is that it allows GRACE to meet tangible needs for families facing hardship. Every dollar generated from our resale store supports emergency relief and translates to warm meals, life-changing medical care, education and hope for the future.

We hope you’ll be inspired by our collection! Send your #upscaleresale furniture DIY project to us for a chance to be highlighted on our social media pages!

 

THIS ISN’T YOUR ORDINARY GOLF TOURNAMENT

If you’re in the market for a fun time with friends, or want a unique way to show your employees you appreciate them, look no further than Drive into the Night glow golf tournament happening Friday, April 21 at the Grapevine Golf Course.

All proceeds of the event fund the life-changing work of our children’s programs, which provide emergency relief to families facing crisis.

Seasonal opportunities to serve include our summer lunch program, Feed Our Kids, and Christmas Cottage, which makes holiday toys possible for 1,700 family members each year.

The moonlit nine-hole round also includes dinner, specialty drinks, contest prizes and an after party. Drive into the Night is also a favorite of local business and corporations, whose sponsorship receives ample exposure and recognition leading up to and during the event.

Individual tickets are $250 a golfer, and many players opt for teams of four or eight. Don’t have a full team? GRACE pairs fellow players for teams as well.

REGISTER HERE

Please Note: If you are purchasing a team or sponsorship on behalf of your business and are not registering as one of the players, please complete this packet

Sponsorships range from $300 to $10,000. Contact Chelsea Rose for tailored sponsorship package that fits your company’s needs.

Go to DriveintotheNight.com for complete event details.

GRACE ANNOUNCES 2017 GALA CHAIRS

GRACE is honored to announce Stephanie and Mike Hays as the 2017 Chairs for the GRACE Gala, championing fourteen outstanding years of vital program funding with event proceeds.

The Metroplex natives planted their roots in Southlake when their oldest, James was just two weeks old. James is now turning four and their youngest, Kade, is two. Stephanie accepted the role as Raffle Chair in 2015, and was later added to the GRACE Board of Directors in 2016.

Stephanie is one of the youngest top senior advisors for Principal Financial Group, and has achieved the highest honors with the company including Pacesetter, Century Club, Honor Council Award and New Agent of the Year.

In addition, the Magna Cum Laude University of Texas at Arlington Honors College graduate qualifies for the Million Dollar Round Table, and was recently named Southlake Style’s Wonder Woman and one of Fort Worth Business Press’ “20 in their 20’s”.

Mike is a graduate from Tarleton State University, whose acute attention to detail landed him a senior project engineering role at Bell Helicopter, where he specialized in integrated operations.

Mike’s knack for analysis and Stephanie’s propensity to oversee multiple projects simultaneously may make them a dynamic duo, but it’s their earnest love for the GRACE mission that motivates their efforts.

One conversation with a staff member was particularly moving to Stephanie while she was volunteering at Donation Station. A staff member shared what it was like when she was a GRACE client herself, and how much giving back means to her now after achieving her own financial stability.

“The fact that this woman feels called to extend a helping hand to others by offering the same services that spurred her toward self-sufficiency is nothing short of inspiring,” noted Stephanie. “It’s more than a job to her, and I love being part of an agency like that.”

In the same way it’s from their servant leadership, the couple attests, that comes a deep sense of responsibility to be strong role models as parents and active members of the community.

“Having kids has changed the way I see the world; there’s a deeper level of compassion for others that compels me to take action,” says Stephanie. “Mike and I have profound convictions that peace starts at home, and hope to set an example for our boys to pursue their passions while equipping others to fulfill theirs.”

Mike and Stephanie’s heart for pediatric care and education is evident by the other causes they champion, including Carroll ISD, One Refugee Child and St. Jude’s Research Hospital.

We are honored to have the Hays as ambassadors of the GRACE mission. The Gala promises a remarkable night filled with purpose—but it is also the party of the year!

If you are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities for the GRACE Gala on Saturday, October 14, contact Chelsea Rose.

GRACE  is a faith-based, social service agency that provides emergency assistance to an average of 5,100 families and individuals each year. For three decades, GRACE has partnered with the community provide food, clothing, shelter, education and medical care to guide families and individuals toward self-sufficiency. Learn about our programs and volunteer opportunities at GRACEGrapevine.org.

MILLION DOLLAR ROUND TABLE FUND PROGRAMMING

Former GRACE Board Member Mark Seebeck of Seeback & Associates presented a $5,000 donation to GRACE on behalf of Million Dollar Round Table Foundation (MDRT) to fund life-changing programs through GRACE.

The MDRT Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Million Dollar Round Table, an esteemed association with a robust history for elite professionals.

MDRT is an international, independent association of nearly 50,000 of the world’s best life insurance and financial services professionals. The esteemed association carries the gold standard for outstanding business practices worldwide.

By combining the generosity of each contributor, the MDRT Foundation is a powerful vehicle to maximize the global impact of MDRT members committed to improving the life of children and families in need through organizations like GRACE.

Since 1959, the MDRT Foundation has awarded more than $30M million in life-changing grants to charitable organizations worldwide. Seebeck has been a member of MDRT for over seventeen years, and was elected a “Top of the Table” member in 2012, shared by the narrow elite in the insurance and financial planning industry.

GRACE has been fortunate to have Seebeck’s oversight in multiple facets, including the Development Committee, GRACE Gala Committee, and the Strategic Planning Task Force that included oversight in Fundraising and Community Relations.

A special thanks to Mark Seebeck for serving as such a worthy ambassador for GRACE and MDRT Foundation, whose funding allows GRACE to continue our essential programs.

QUICK AND EASY DIY PROJECTS WITH YOUR NAME ON IT

There are many ways it pays to shop resale. The thrill of the hunt, the satisfaction of a killer deal, and—unique to our community—the lasting impact it has on local families in need.

This post is speaking to our fix-it-yourselfers. You know who you are. But for those who have never experience how gratifying DIY projects can be, let us introduce some resale finds that make for the perfect Saturday project.

Thrifted Tray


tray.PNGThis tray makeover makes for a speedy project that requires a little bit of paint and a generic tray that can be found at either GRACEful Buys stores for pennies on the dollar.

Here the handles are embellished with twine, but you can get creative with gold metallic paint or strips of leather. Purchase acrylic paint and a foam brush from a local craft store, and you have a unique tray for around $5.

Monogrammed Plates


thriftplate.jpgA misplaced dish from grandmother’s china might not be impressive in its lonesome, but pair with three or four floral arrangements to make a charming monogrammed medley.

A growing trend in the craft world is upcycling old art or re-purposing a large frame. Many give old paintings new life by repainting over a canvas, or stenciling over the painting to let the old painting show through. There’s always the option to take out the art to frame something else.  One customer made custom art gallery in her nursery for less than $20.

Furniture Finds


furntiureAnd finally, for the fearless types there is the classic furniture makeover. Both GRACEful Buys locations have a longstanding reputation for the best furniture deals in town. A customer sent us her furniture makeover, and the finished product rivals what you would find at a high-end store for hundreds of dollars.

Perhaps most rewarding about your project is that it allows GRACE to meet tangible needs for families facing hardship. Every dollar generated from our resale store supports emergency relief and translates to warm meals, life-changing medical care, education and hope for the future.

DENIM FROM DURHAM

Durham Intermediate School did it again, only this time with oodles of dungarees—253 pairs to be exact!

GRACE first got to know the students two years ago with the launch of their charity campaign, “Helping others is a ‘Bucket’ of fun”, where the students sold 2,600 paper designs to raise $1,300 for GRACE programs.

To think this same group of young children, some in or approaching 8th grade, have now managed a marketing campaign of this magnitude fills us with pride.

The students oversaw all the marketing logistics and stood with homemade signs outside the drop off area. They also designed posters that were shared throughout the school and broadcast through the school’s radio and TV station.

Denim is an essential commodity in all walks of life. For low-income families or teens experiencing homelessness, jeans are the most requested clothing item. They can be worn multiple times between washes, are durable, versatile and provide a sense of normalcy to the person wearing them.

“We have an unusually large number of adolescent boys who already need teen-sized jeans, says Clothing Room Manager Dina Pesina, “right now we are cleaning and collecting clothing to be prepared for the back-to-school rush in August. Quality jeans are a huge help to us.”

Thanks to these students for this impressive collection!

Current Clothing Room Needs

  • Boys and Girls socks in small and medium
  • Girls underwear sizes 6,8,14

VARSITY DRAGON BASEBALL TEAM IN FOR THE WIN

The Southlake Dragons Varsity Baseball team went for an extra inning last week. The group had such a positive response that they divided and conquered to serve at not one, but BOTH GRACEful Buys locations!

The teams were introduced to the colored tagging system in the Men’s and Women’s section. The staff was amazed by how quickly the team finished the task at hand. The team also made a huge impression with their contagious energy as they helped load furniture for a customer.

“Our Varsity Dragon baseball players enjoyed the opportunity to give back to their community through GRACE,” said Coach Zach Sellers. “This was a chance for our team to serve others and put others first. Many of our players work with nonprofit groups year round because they know the importance of caring for others. We really have a special group of guys!”

Volunteers are a vital part of our operations, and one of the most encouraging aspects of the agency is its ability to engage all resources of a group, regardless of age.

Their impact is seen by how they lead the younger Dragons to serve families in need. GRACE has been able to facilitate charitable projects with the Southlake Carroll schools from elementary to high school. Most recently in September, Carroll ISD partnered with GRACE and Ozarka to host an unprecedented district-wide drive that collected a total of 5,849 pounds of food!

Volunteering at our resale sites might seem off the beaten path from providing assistance to families in need, but GRACE’s ability to serve other relies on the success of our resale stores.

The net proceeds generated from the stores work hard to provide food, clothing, shelter and medical care to local family members in the midst of hardship.

In the same way, every hour of volunteer service matters to a customer, a child or a parent receiving services from GRACE. Thanks to the Southlake Dragon Baseball team for their positive enthusiasm and work ethic!

“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12

JOIN US FOR FAMILY GARDENING DAY

The GRACE Community Garden is in full bloom for the spring, and we are calling all families to take part in Family Gardening Day on Saturday, April 8.

This month’s volunteers were hard at work, planting 27 pounds of potatoes, 72 cabbages and 800 onions—all in under three hours!

Volunteers are putting their green thumbs to good use on St. Patrick’s Day weekend by planting squash, melons, corn and peppers. Families are invited to continue their work for the April workday, where volunteers will weed the nightshades plot, plant cucumbers and mulch new walkways.

Garden workdays are rewarding, feasible opportunities to help local families in a tangible way. Having access to fresh fruits and vegetables is a game changer for families, for whom fruits are a rare luxury and nutrition is key.

The GRACE Community Garden provides an average of 1,800 pounds of fresh, organic produce each year to nourish families in need.

Get some family friends together to plan for the Family Gardening Day April 8.

RSVP to Becca Clark at 817-454-0731.

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