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Dine To Donate Approaching March 22nd Through 31st

 

There’s no need to travel to Dallas to find culinary gems for an unforgettable dining experience. From March 22nd through the 31st, select restaurateurs in Grapevine and Colleyville are allowing you to make a profound impact on local families through Dine to Donate benefiting GRACE. This week and a half long, deliciously charitable event, chaired by the incredible Rena Frost of Mac’s on Main, showcases local cuisine. She brings together some of the best representatives of culinary excellence in the area to raise funds for GRACE. Each prix-fixed menu has a price point of $39 or $49, with up to $8 returning to GRACE.

WHERE YOU COME IN… DINE AND ENJOY!
Members of the surrounding community are encouraged to make reservations at participating restaurants and encourage loved ones to join the effort in raising critical funds to support local families through GRACE programs. Mention Dine to Donate Menu when making your reservations.

Together we can make a lasting, tangible difference in the lives of those struggling in our midst.

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS
Please visit FB.com/DinetoDonateGrapevine for the most updated participating restaurants. There should be more establishments added to the event roster as we finalize the details.

Boi Na Braza
4025 William D Tate Ave
Grapevine, TX
(817) 251-9881
http://boinabraza.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BoiNaBrazaGrapevine/

Great Scott
1701 Cross Roads Drive
Grapevine, TX
(817) 717-7701
https://www.facebook.com/greatscottrestaurant/
http://greatscottrestaurant.com/

Hop and Sting Brewing                                                                                                                        906 Jean St                                                                                                                                      Grapevine, TX                                                                                                                                      (817) 488-2337                                                                    https://www.facebook.com/grapevineontap/                              http://hopandsting.com/index.html

Loveria Caffe
5615 Colleyville Blvd Ste 410
Colleyville, TX
(817) 893-5880
https://www.facebook.com/loveriacaffe/
http://loveriacaffe.com/

Macs on Main
909 S Main St #110
Grapevine, TX
(817) 251-6227
https://www.facebook.com/macsgrapevine/
https://www.macsteak.com/

Messina Hof Winery                                                                                                                                 201 S Main St                                                                                                                                          Grapevine, TX 76051                                                                                                                              (817) 442-8463                                                                                                                                      http://www.messinahof.com/grapevine                                                                                          https://www.facebook.com/messinahofgrapevine/

Mason & Dixie
603 S Main St Suite 303
Grapevine, TX
(817) 707-2111
https://www.facebook.com/masonanddixie/
https://www.masonanddixietx.com/

Next Bistro
5003 Colleyville Blvd
Colleyville, TX
(682) 325-4046
https://www.facebook.com/NextBistro/
http://www.nextwoodfiredbistro.com/

Umbra Winery                                                                                                                                            415 S Main St                                                                                                                                          Grapevine, TX                                                                                                                                          (817) 421-2999                                                                                                                                        https://www.facebook.com/umbrawinery/                                                                                      https://umbrawinery.com/

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Mission in the Marketplace Conference Draws 200 Attendees to Encourage the Sharing of Faith in the Workplace

 

Legendary former Baylor football Coach Grant Teaff and a panel of Southlake business leaders came together for a three-hour conference on Friday, January 25, at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake. The purpose of Mission in the Marketplace, as their mission statements reads, is “to encourage Christians to openly share their faith at work for the purpose of growing God’s Kingdom.”

Several of our GRACE staff had the privilege to attend and hear the remarkable Coach Teaff speak about his own mission in the marketplace and how we can each share our faith at home, at work and in our communities. GRACE Board Member, Traci Bernard, addressed attendees on the panel including Former Southlake Mayor, John Terrell, Former CEO of Del Frisco’s, Mark Mednansky, and President/CEO of L.I.F.E. Concepts, Veronica Cochran.

 

 

Despite his sometimes seemingly less than stellar roster, Coach Teaff is highly regarded for inspiring his teams to claim two Southwest Conference titles and appear in eight bowl games. Following a time of worship, music and comments from White’s Chapel Co-Pastor Dr. John McKellar, Coach Teaff touched on his four pillars of his faith.

  • ATTITUDE/APPROACH to life: How you perceive the issues you face, and the impact they may have on your life and the lives of others.
  • EFFORT: The more effort you invest in your life, the greater results you will see.
  • SELF-DISCIPLINE/SELF CONTROL: The ways in which you manage yourself, in both good and difficult situations, will determine who you are and your potential for influence.
  • The power of LOVE: Genuinely loving others and having the capacity to sincerely care is the most essential quality of a person of Christian influence.

Grant Teaff’s lengthy career as a football coach extends far beyond the football field. By walking the walk, Teaff is a preeminent example to his players, motivating them to develop into finer men in every aspect – better sons, brothers, husbands, fathers. In his most recent book, “A Coach’s Influence: Beyond the Game,” he contributes his wealth of knowledge and experience for the purpose of helping other coaches and individuals within the football realm deal with today’s social issues that they may positively impact their athletes’ conduct, development, and performance.

Members of the Southlake business community then participated in a panel to share the ways in which they express their faith in their everyday business dealings and the potential for impact those encounters can have. The four participating executives were:

  • Traci Bernard, President of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake
  • Veronica Cochran, CEO at the International Association of Administrative Professionals
  • Mark Mednansky, former CEO of Del Frisco’s
  • John Terrell, former Southlake Mayor and Vice President of Commercial Development at DFW Airport

 

 

It was a long and busy 18 months of preparations for the organizers to bring this non-denominational event to life, but 200 attendees are a definite confirmation the day was a wonderful success. A portion of the proceeds from Mission in the Marketplace go directly to support GRACE programs. GRACE is honored by the hard work, time, and loving effort of the number of people who spoke, attended, and spent many hours planning this inspiring afternoon. Planning for Mission in the Marketplace 2020 is already underway!

Event photos and video clips of the presentations are online at www.missioninthemarketplace.com.

Her Grateful Heart Beams Amid Her Struggle

 

This past October, our client, Manuela, visited The GRACE Community Clinic stating that 3 months prior she noticed a lump in her right breast. She had never before undergone a clinical breast mammogram. Our GRACE volunteer physician, Dr. David Lawson, assessed her then ordered a diagnostic mammogram/sonogram. Her digital mammogram/sonogram was suspicious of breast cancer, prompting the Radiology Physician to recommend she have a bilateral MRI.

The following month, our clinic received the MRI results suggestive of a malignancy, and a subsequent biopsy tested positive for breast malignancy. Just days before Christmas, Manuela underwent right breast mastectomy surgery at John Peter Smith Hospital. She is set to begin six months of chemotherapy in the next few weeks, followed by radiation. Hers is a very aggressive form of breast cancer requiring aggressive treatment.

We have worked with Manuela, who rarely uses our services aside from food, clothing, and holiday or clinic services, since 2008. For the past few years, GRACE Client Services and Clinic staff noticed that she is an extremely diligent worker. She has kept us informed of her employment status and struggles. Manuela had been the main provider for her family. Her brother recently stepped in to help by taking her family into his home, and has now become the primary means of financial support as Manuela is now unable to work.

As a result, we are looking into ways in which we may assist the family with rent, utilities, doctor bills, and other expenditures. She is working with our staff so that we may implement a plan for support to help her and her family throughout her time of treatment. We owe many thanks to John Peter Smith Breast Cancer Center for taking such amazing care of our client.

Thanks to your support and the services provided by GRACE, Manuela’s cancer was detected early enough to likely save her life. Although this is a difficult and uncertain season in the lives of this family, they have fortunately been able to rely on GRACE to connect them with the resources necessary for Manuela to receive this vital procedure. Manuela is a tenacious woman with a positive attitude – she always has a smile on her face. She is so very grateful for her supportive extended family who have walked alongside her during this journey. Please keep the family in your prayers, and reach out to us if you would like to contribute in any way.

Upon news of her required mastectomy, a group of her dear friends and family held a fundraiser at the Grapevine Outreach Center Park months ago. Her “troops” sold tamales – enough to cover the portion for the surgery the hospital required upfront. The community of Grapevine has a tremendously giving heart, and our clients at GRACE continuously reciprocate the love and care we are enabled to provide. In their appreciation of GRACE Community Clinic, Manuela’s entire family brought tamales to a recent Tuesday night clinic for the volunteers and staff.  It is  an overwhelming honor and privilege to serve our clients, our GRACE family!

 

Get Fancy This Valentine’s Day With Style And GRACE

 

Each year, the team at Style & GRACE launches a meticulous search for the most distinguished Silent Auction items. The Annual Silent Auction benefits GRACE programs, and happens near each Valentine’s Day – just in time for the doting couple.

This year’s package, which is valued at $350.00, includes:

2019 Valentine’s Day Silent Auction Package

Estimated Value: $350.00
  • 14 Kt. White Gold 18″ Women’s Necklace
  • Waterford Toasting Love Flutes
  • Beveled Glass Stopper
  • $25 Gift Certificate to Style & GRACE

The winner will be notified by 6:00 p.m. on February 9th, 2019, and has until February 11th to claim. The bidding starts at $150 with $10 increments, and will run from January 20th through February 9th. You may make your bids on-site at Style & GRACE, located at 2030 Glade Rd., by phone at (817) 416-0917, even via email to JMcGlone@GRACEGrapevine.org or MBuckles@GRACEGrapevine.org. Ask at the register for bidding details today!

Style & GRACE carries high quality items including designer label clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry and accessories for women. Proceeds benefit those in need through our GRACE programs. The specialty boutique offers a large selection of designer fashions for women of all frames. Items are carefully selected for quality name brands and like-new appearance which we term ‘Restyle Couture’. You can learn more at Style-and-GRACE.com.

 

Did you know they also host Private Shopping Parties?

 

 

You and your friends can sip, snack, and shop the treasures troves at special discounted rates with one-on-one attention. Style & GRACE is committed to offering personalized, fun shopping experiences for ladies and men, which is why they make these after-hours reservations.

Please note: Private parties of ten or more are limited and scheduled on a case-by-case basis. Scheduling must be done with Style & GRACE Management in person at the store.

Keep up to date with all things Style & GRACE on their social media pages at FB.com/StyleandGRACEBoutique and Twitter.com/StyleandGRACEb

WFAA Was At GRACE To Discuss How You May Help Federal Workers During The Shutdown

 

Hannah Davis with WFAA was at GRACE early Friday morning to talk about how to help federal workers during the shutdown. Check out the Facebook live feed with Davis, GRACE CEO Shonda Schaefer, and GRACE Chief Operations Officer Stacy Pacholick.

GRACE Volunteers are a BIG DEAL!

 

No amount of cake, verbal thanks, or awards can ever fully express the gratitude that GRACE has for each of its volunteers, but we certainly had a fabulous time honoring them on Thursday the 24th. The Hilton DFW Lakes Texas Grande Ballroom was filled with excitement as GRACE volunteers gathered for a luncheon in appreciation of their hard work and dedication.

Simmons Bank was so very gracious to sponsor our event again this year. We are also humbly grateful to DFW Hilton Lakes Executive Conference Center for providing the Ballroom, a beautiful set-up, and a feast. The Hilton served a menu complete with seared Atlantic salmon, Caprese style chicken, torts, tarts, cheesecake and bourbon bread pudding, to name just a few of the delicious dishes featured on the extensive offering. Thank you to Hilton DFW Lakes General Manager and GRACE Board member, Steve Haley, for helping to make this possible.

 

GRACE treated attendees with cake pops from Jasmin Madison’s Jazzed Up Sweet Treats, and Bryan Kennedy’s Hollywood Photo Booth – which was a total hit. Plus, everyone loved this year’s t-shirts. Shout out to The T-Shirt Guys for the fantastic silk screen job.

 

 

In 2017, over 54,000 volunteers lent helping hands to the various GRACE sites, the equivalent of $1,362,024. Then last year, we had over 52,000 helpers step up to make possible $1,281,448 worth of volunteer service for 2018. Whether it was sorting items at Donation Station, assisting clinical staff at the Community Clinic, or helping out with admin work at GRACE Main, GRACE could not have helped as many people as it did last year without them.

Our volunteers serve in all capacities­ – from the members of the Board of Directors taking on GRACE’s most critical challenges to corporate groups completing building projects from the GRACE Project Wish List. At every site, volunteers are integral to our day-to-day operations. Since volunteers are such a part of our identity at GRACE, the site managers also highlight one volunteer each year who has exemplified a stellar attitude or excellent work ethic.

 

And the GRACE Volunteer Appreciation Awards go to: (drumroll, please)

Emergency Assistance: Judy Hund, 2017; Elizabeth Tessler, 2018

Donation Station: Berniece Wheeler, 2017; Doris Love, 2018

GRACEful Buys Euless: Donna Hardin 2017; Cheryl Bird, 2018

GRACEful Buys Grapevine: Sheri Godin, 2017; Sally Whitaker, 2018

Style and Grace: Karen Noris, 2017; Christy Scanlan, 2018

Development: Traci Bernard & Randy Robbins, 2018

Special Events: Ana Erwin & Jessica Cruz, 2017; Sheila Moyer, 2018

Volunteer Group: Pegasus Logistics, 2017; City of Grapevine Public Safety, 2018

Board Member: Bree Vopelak, 2017; Carita Weaver, 2018

Friends and Family: Marge Braudaway, 2017; Keisa Fruge’, 2018

Food Pantry: Al Cain, 2017; Terry and Linda Steele, 2018

Clothing: Sharon Fulton, 2017; Maureen Johnston, 2018

Clinic: Carol Hartvigsen, 2017; Mitzi Sadler, 2018

Transitional Housing: Jenny Foster, 2017; Tonia Casper and Compass Women’s Group, 2018

Seasonal Programs: Sabra Hook, 2017; Karla Turner, 2018

Volunteer of the Year: Paula and Rusty Pafford, 2017; Lynda and Robert Warner, 2018

 

 

A huge mention is deserved for our Special Events Manager, Melissa Maraki, for planning an outstanding Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, her first of this annual event for GRACE. Our program managers and other staff can never give enough accolades or tokens of appreciation to measure up to the tremendous difference GRACE volunteers make in their lives and the families we serve. Volunteers are the driving force behind GRACE – from Board Members to Boy Scout Troops to families from the community – and we are the lucky ones who truly HIT THE JACKPOT! Check out our Facebook photo album for the event here.

 

Prepare to have your socks knocked off with a brief overview of some 2017 and 2018 GRACE stats:
  • In 2017 we had over 54,000 volunteer hours that equaled $1,362,024
  • In 2018 we had over 52,000 volunteer hours that $1,281,448
    • That is 106,000 hours valued at $2,643,472 worth of support from volunteers here today!
  • GRACE Programs provided over 23,000 services last year to over 4,600 unduplicated individuals.
  • GRACE Client Services staff and volunteers conducted 4,440 interviews to evaluate needs and requests for rental assistance, utility assistance, transportation vouchers, food, clothing, and other vital necessities.
  • GRACE Clothing Room distributed 3,441 clothing packets to individuals in need in the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
  • GRACE Food Pantry provided food and fresh produce from our community gardens thru an average of 450 visits per month to the Pantry. In addition, close to 800 holiday food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas and monthly supplemental groceries for over 80 home-bound seniors were also distributed.
  • GRACE Community Clinic provided 3,673 patient visits to local individuals in our community without access to basic healthcare. In addition, they achieved Gold status recognition for the second year in a row for the TARGET:BP Program from the AHA and AMA for their efforts in helping their patients decrease their hypertension rates!
  • GRACE Transitional Housing provided safe housing and intensive case management last year for individuals and families who were experiencing homelessness due to domestic violence or a financial crisis. Volunteers and donors have played a major role in renovating the Nash units and getting them decorated and ready for new families and individuals as others graduate from the program.
  • GRACE Friends & Family provided over 100 seniors with monthly commodities through the Pantry, resource referrals, and companionship through our volunteer match program.
  • GRACE Seasonal Programs served children in need in our community with 31,525 summer and spring break lunches through Feed Our Kids, close to 1100 clothing packets to prepare children to go Back to School in August and Christmas gifts for 2,379 individuals through GRACE Christmas Cottage.
GRACE operations funded by:
  • GRACE Gala, Drive-Into-the-Night, Dine-2-Donate, and our first ever Annual GRACE Poker Tournament
  • Donation Station saw an average of 1 car every 4 minutes. We had the busiest day of the year with 401 Cars drive through in ONE day! All of this was done by dedicated staff AND 504 volunteers
  • GRACEful Buys Grapevine and Euless stores sold over 28,000 pieces of furniture for a total of $523,713 in sales. With the help of 340 volunteers.
  • Style & Grace supported the Grapevine Women’s Division with a beautiful Fashion Show and held it’s first after-hours private party.

Obviously, it takes much more than a village to do what we do through GRACE!

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Provides GRACE Abundant Support

 

We are so grateful to have the privilege of being presented with a grant of $15,462 from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This donation from the church’s Humanitarian Fund was the result of a Humanitarian Project Grant Request from GRACE. The funds will go to the purchase of chairs, tables and a demo mirror for our “Cooking Matters” Program’s teaching kitchen.

Leslie Horn, Assistant Director of Public Affairs for the Colleyville Stake, explains, “The goal of the church’s humanitarian work is to relieve suffering, foster self-reliance, and provide opportunities for service. We find purpose in following Christ’s example of kindness, generosity, and service to the poor and needy. Christlike love is our motive, and we are so happy we could partner with your organization in this way!”

The representatives of the Colleyville Stake went on to express their appreciation for all that GRACE does for families in Northeast Tarrant County. The church pledges it will be their pleasure to continue to assist in our organization’s valiant efforts with volunteers, commodities and future project support.

We cannot thank The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints enough for their benevolent gift to our organization that will profoundly benefit so many individuals and families in need. GRACE also wants to extend a special thanks to our Grantwriter, Lora Atkinson, for the wonderful job she did writing up the grant request.

You can read more about the worldwide humanitarian outreach efforts of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints here.

 

In the photo, from left to right: Ben Thatcher, High Councilman for the Colleyville Stake over Public Affairs; Nancy Coplen, Director of Public Affairs for the Colleyville Stake; Chris Klemann, Second Counselor in the Stake Presidency; Stacy Pacholick, GRACE Chief Program Officer; Shonda Schaefer, GRACE CEO; Leslie Horn, Assistant Director of Public Affairs for the Colleyville Stake; Gary Baughman, Just Serve Coordinator and Public Affairs Specialist; Mark Woolverton, GRACE Chief Development Officer

 

 

GRACE First Annual Poker Tournament Was A Smashing Success

Bryan Campanello, Lynda Warner and Shonda Schaefer kicking off the night.

 

GRACE held its 1st Annual Poker Tournament this past Saturday at Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake. Mark Nelson and Terry Perkins, owners of Classic Wine Storage of Southlake, provided the venue and a fabulous array of collector level wines for our guests. The always generous Chef Ted Bilsky, owner of Scratch Kitchen, kept everyone happy and well fed with a drink and food menu fit for a “high roller.” Seats at the poker table went for $1,000 for one player and their “good luck charm” guest. Spectators were welcomed and encouraged to cheer on the players and partake in the scrumptious fare, wine and cocktails at $100 per person.

The evening commenced with our special guest, Bryan Campanello – a World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event Champion with over $1,000,000 in winnings – explaining some tips from the professional poker arena to the audience. The game then began with 18 players at two separate tables. A few hours later, they were down to one table as those that remained began dropping out one by one. Finally, the game was narrowed down to three: David Parrish, Ted Bilsky and Steve Alford.

 

Reluctantly, Parrish parted after a long run, but did not leave empty handed as our final three received swag bags from RunGoodGear. Chef Bilsky not only provided the food and drinks that evening, but also played valiantly. Bilsky was down to his last chip (not even enough to make the small blind) as he held on for several more hands, exciting the crowd as he gained a few more chips each round. In eager anticipation, the spectators watched the last hand as Bilsky revealed three-of-a-kind after Alford had gone all in. We thought we had our winner until Alford displayed his flush to claim his title.

Our friend Steve Alford of Alford Media will forever be known as The First-Ever GRACE Poker Tournament Champion! His Grand Prize Package includes a 3 day, 2 night stay at the luxurious Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas provided by Shannon O’Brien with travel by American Airlines, and, of course, bragging rights. Bilsky was not too sore as his second place finish also scored him a bottle of Macallan 18 that was kindly donated by Don Casey.

 

 

Scratch Kitchen served up bacon-wrapped bourbon-glazed shrimp shooters, beef tenderloin spring rolls, their signature Teddy Cakes and famous three cheese mac among other savory dishes. An assortment of “made from scratch” brownies, cookies and trifles kept our sweet cravings satisfied, and Scratch even thought to have late night munchie bags ready to console the players on their way out. Sure, it’s no luxury Vegas vacation, but who wouldn’t be cheered up by a bag of blueberry French toast, Texas breakfast tacos and loaded Cowboy Cookies?

The tournament players also included our GRACE President of the Board Paul Bischler, Sean Ford, Johnny Campanello, Doug Canter, Jennifer Dealy, Bill Dean, Jason Hess, Tom McGauley, John Miller, Anthony Russo, Ty Schafer, Greg Taylor, and Kevin Townson. Plus a few more seats purchased courtesy of Greg Thompson and Lynda and Robert Warner. The night was a huge success thanks to your spirited generosity.

 

 

GRACE is beyond grateful to Lynda and Robert Warner for conceiving the tournament idea and all of their effort in seeing it through to fruition. A special mention to Michael’s Tobacco of Euless for gifting a box of El Trovador cigars for our attendees to enjoy. What an exciting game and entertaining evening. We wish to thank everyone for their participation in making this now annual event possible.

 

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