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Classic Chevrolet’s Annual Steve Thompson Classic Golf Tournament

 

For many years now, the employees of Classic Chevrolet have been involved with GRACE and our community on multiple levels, always supported and encouraged by owner Tom Durant.  Seven years ago, Tom and Susan Durant put out the challenge for the employees to “raise as much as they could” and they would personally match it dollar for dollar.  In 2012, a committee was formed by the employees of Classic Chevrolet to take their fund raising efforts to the next level, thus began their annual golf tournament.

In 2014, Classic Chevrolet lost a long time employee and family member, Steve Thompson, who worked as General Sales Manager for the “Thompson Group” Fleet and Commercial Sales department.  Renaming the golf tournament “The Steve Thompson – Classic” seemed like an appropriate way to honor our friend who embodied the meaning of giving to others.  Following Mr. Durant’s motto – “To be the best at everything we do” – they have watched their fundraising efforts increase year after year.

The past years of funds raised, including both Classic’s employee contributions and the annual golf tournament, are as follows: 2012 – $118,500 | 2013 – $126,500 | 2014 – $182,600 | 2015 – 200,974 | 2016 – 210,000 | 2017 – 220,000 | 2018 – 250,000 | Total – $1,308,574
Tom and Susan Durant $1,308,574 Grand Total – $2,617,148

With the generous participation of you, Classic Chevrolet’s partners and vendors, and community leaders, we all believe 2019 can be an incredible year for making a difference in the lives of those in need!

To donate or for more information please visit ClassicChevyCharityEvents.com.

All Donations Will be Matched DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR by Tom and Susan Durant.
Enjoy the premier golf experience with 36 holes of championship golf and dinner at the Trophy Club Country Club.
  • Registration – 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Drink Tent presented by Speed Fab Crete – 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Putting Contest- Begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Each Golfer will have the opportunity to shop in our Pro Shop as a gift for your sponsorship.
  • Lunch will be served on the 9th hole – 11:00 a.m.
  • Silent Auction – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Winners will be announced at dinner
  • Tee Time – 11:00 a.m.
  • Golfers Return/Dinner Served – 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

This year’s proceeds will go to the following charities: GRACE | 6 Stones | RISE Adaptive Sports | Angel Fund of Trinity High School VAST Community Outreach | Miracle League of Southlake | Food for the Soul The Clubhouse for Special Needs | Community Storehouse North Texas SNAP | Airborne Angel Cadets | Christ’s Haven Dallas Dogrrr | Finding Me Global Academy

Gala Auction Is Shaping Up To Be A Work Of Art

This past Wednesday was not our typical day at GRACE Main Campus.  It was even better!

Several of our devoted and incredibly creative volunteers and staff came together to coordinate an art project day for some participants of Feed Our Kids.

The children enjoyed creating “pour art” and participating in a fun photo project.  And quite the artists the kids turned out to be – the pieces look phenomenal!

Thank you to the wonderful young men of SASO for assisting with this event, and to our Gala Committee members, Leslie Casey, Beth Chernik, Daveen Miller and Lynda Warner (and Lynda’s daughter, Erica), for your fabulous ideas and inspiring involvement!

Our Gala Auction Committee, led by Daveen and Lynda, are working like crazy to make this year’s Live and Silent Auctions as amazing as ever.

These art pieces created by our clients will be featured in a new addition to the Silent Auction.  More details to come!


Our In-Kind Sponsors are absolutely essential to our Auction efforts, and we ask you to consider the following sponsorship options:

  • Give prized pieces or unique experiences for the Silent or Live Auctions as an In-Kind
    Sponsor
  • Become a Sponsor of the GRACE Gala as a Monetary Sponsor
  • Purchase individual tickets or a table of ten

Each of the sponsorship levels will offer you the benefits of positive brand exposure, valued networking with other community-minded individuals and the satisfaction of knowing your partnership advances the mission of GRACE.

Volunteer, Leslie Casey, teaching children how to begin their “pour art” projects.

You can rest confident in the impact of your contribution as eighty-two cents from every dollar raised by GRACE, including the Gala, goes directly to the people we are committed to serve.

We promise to be wise stewards of your resources to provide compassionate care to as many families as possible.

Together we can make a lasting, tangible difference in the lives of children and their parents in our community.

Click here for more Gala sponsorship and donation details and to sign-up.  You may also contact our Chief Development Officer, Mark Woolverton, for more information.

Spotlight on Southlake Style, A Gala Diamond Sponsor

 

To the community, Southlake Style is more than a magazine, it’s a local success story that invigorates us to love and serve our cities.  Nicole and Mike Tesoriero have chronicled the Southlake community’s best moments since founding Southlake Style in 2006–making it the longest-running magazine in Southlake’s history.  Since the first issue was printed, the husband and wife publishing duo’s personal focus on local philanthropy has led them to lasting success.

Southlake Style leads by example in generous monetary donations and in-kind supporters of local causes, including advocating for GRACE Programs at every opportunity.  From the Annual  Women Empowered Luncheon (WE) to 2018 and 2019 FÜDTRUKY (food-TRUCK-ee) to special charity movie screenings and much more, the Tesorieros have long been loyal partners with GRACE.  They served as chairs of the 2011 GRACE Gala, and provide copious advertising and editorial space in Southlake Style for Gala advertising and other GRACE promotions.

We are tremendously grateful and proud to once again have their support with GRACE Gala, this year as a Diamond Level Sponsor!  We wish the Tesorieros and the Southlake Style team abundant blessings as they continue to bless the community we love!

 

Please join us for Southlake Style’s Fourth Annual Women’s Luncheon

Tickets are on sale now!

 

Southlake Style is inviting women across the Metroplex to share in an afternoon of lunch, learning and love for a great cause.  Over 250 women enjoyed last year’s gathering, which raised $4,000 for the local nonprofit Keeps Boutique.  This year’s event, entitled “Feeding the Soul,” will be highlighted by Emily Williams Knight, Ed.D., CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association — the state’s leading resource in representing the $66 billion food-service industry.

 

A lifelong learner and leader, Knight has earned numerous degrees including a doctorate in higher education leadership, a master’s of science in management, a bachelor’s degree in hospitality administration and an associate’s degree in hotel and restaurant administration from Newbury College, where she was a Presidential Scholar and captain of the women’s basketball team.

 

The luncheon will be catered by Trio American Café and will take place Thursday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. at The Marq Southlake.  The event is presented by Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital and sponsored by Celebrity Cruises, Classic Wine Southlake, Sally Lynn Home and 817Tix.com.

Tickets, available here at 817Tix.com, are $75 each and include a seated gourmet lunch, fine wine, networking, a travel auction and expo.  This year, ten percent of ticket sales will benefit the GRACE Transitional Housing Program.

 


 

The GRACE Transition Housing Program works with homeless individuals and families to help move them towards independence.  Transitional Housing clients participate in intensive case management to assist them in achieving educational, career and financial goals while living in clean, stable housing.  All activities are aimed at self-determination and eventual self-sufficiency.  Transitional Housing case managers use a number of measures to track progress towards financial, educational and behavioral modification goals.

Back-To-School Fair Volunteers Needed

 

VOLUNTEER

GRACE is still looking for volunteers to assist us during the GCISD Back to School Fair on Friday, August 9th and Saturday the 10th.  We will be providing clothing and school supplies to children in need and would love your help!

If you prefer to help by volunteering, this is a double hours opportunity!  Please check that double hours are accepted by your organization or club.

Over 1,300 students are registered to attend.  Our volunteers will help guide families through the fair to get the supplies and services they need.  Volunteers are also needed to load and unload school supplies in the truck.

This service day does have age restrictions and might require lifting up to 40 pounds. Get complete details and sign up for a shift here.

Please note the new location this year due to construction at Grapevine High School: Cross Timbers Middle School, 2301 Pool Rd., Grapevine, TX 76051.  CTMS and GHS are actually connected through a driveway and this new venue is behind Grapevine High. 

DONATE

Whether or not you are able to volunteer, there are still ways you can help with our Back-To-School needs.

Items needed for donations are new, unused underwear, socks and shoes for children, especially athletic shoes.

The sizes of underwear most needed are Boy’s sizes 4, 6/8, 10/12, and 14/16.

 

Please be sure to note the following before signing-up:

  • Shifts during the fair are only for those who are over 18 and out of high school.  This is for the privacy of our clients/children who will be attending the fair.
  • All shifts do involve walking, standing and lifting various items.
  • Bilingual individuals will be needed during the fair, but it is not a requirement.

Click here to sign up to volunteer!

If you have any questions, please contact Client Services Manager, Marcela Melendez via email or call (817) 305 4632.

Introducing Our New Food Pantry Manager!

We are incredibly excited to introduce our soon-to-be Food Pantry Manager, Keith Hills!  Now we know this beaming smile is not new to our GRACE family, but his newly announced promotion is brand new news!

This wonderful news comes as a two-parter, the latter being quite bittersweet.  After almost 20 years organizing GRACE Pantry services in a way that not only provides food but also respect and compassion to individuals and families in need, Rusty Thigpen has decided to retire.

Many of you know firsthand what an asset Rusty has been to GRACE and to this community.  He has been a stabilizing force within and outside of the organization.  He will be missed by so many, but has decided it is time to move forward to his next adventure!  Rusty will still be in The Pantry everyday acting as trainer/mentor until he takes his formal leave on October 1.

Rusty Thigpen leaves enormous shoes to fill to say the least, but we feel confident that Keith is the best choice for this role and will continue to promote the stellar services that The Pantry provides the individuals and families who come to GRACE for help.  He has had the benefit of working under Rusty, and has learned the operational procedures from the man who has managed the Pantry for nearly 20 years.

We are confident that Keith’s relational approach with clients, volunteers, donors and staff align with GRACE’s core values that continue to shape the unique platform at the GRACE Food Pantry today.

Our Food Pantry Manager collaborates with the community to secure, sort and display food and other essentials for an average of more than 450 Pantry visits each month.  This crucial role also coordinates volunteers, food drive, and food basket distributions to nearly 500 families for Thanksgiving and again for Christmas.

We admire Keith 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.  Keith was also just recently awarded our 2nd Quarter MVP Award!

“MVP – that’s all of us, that’s what we do. MVP stands for “Making Visions Possible.”  People come to us for help.  They have a vision of a better future, and we make those visions possible.”

Keith Hills

Congratulations, Keith, on this excellent milestone!  The GRACE Family is behind you 100%, and so thankful for your dedication to The Food Pantry and the people we serve.  For any questions/requests you have regarding The Pantry or its services, those can now be directed to Keith.

Tri-Net Backs Our Back-To-School Effort

 

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.

When we asked the community to help us provide backpacks to at-risk children, we were overwhelmed (in a fantastic way!) by backpacks filled with school supplies!

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.

For a family living at or just above the poverty level sending multiple children to school, the $100 bill needed for each child may never come.

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.

Our deepest gratitude goes to Tri-Net for their outstanding work and kindness!

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

– Matthew 11: 28

Spotlight on Scott Simmons and Simmons Estate Homes, a Platinum Plus Gala Sponsor

 

The GRACE Gala is the single-largest fundraising event for GRACE during the year, and funds raised support all GRACE mission services including Emergency Assistance, Clothing and Food, Transitional Housing, Senior Services and the Community Clinic.

We are excited and grateful to once again announce Scott Simmons and Simmons Estate Homes as a Gala Platinum Plus Sponsor of our Gala VIP Party!  Scott continually shows his admiration for GRACE and the support we provide for people in need.  His company also is a repeat sponsor of our Volunteer Appreciation Awards Luncheon.

SCH Homes is an award-winning team of master homecrafters. Their work has been recognized for over 30 years as the pinnacle of luxury living in North Texas.  Scott Simmons has been acknowledged across the country as one of Dallas-Ft. Worth’s leading trendsetters in building luxury residences and received recognition in local and national publications.

They have established a reputation for honesty, dependability and commitment to making the construction process happen on time and close to budget.  90% of their business is attained by personal referrals which speaks for itself!  Scott and his professional staff are on your team throughout the building process and beyond.  They provide construction management, cost administration, banking relationship and ongoing customer service on every home.

Scott Simmons understands the vital creative link between the homeowner, the builder, the architect and interior designer.  The company’s advanced knowledge in architecture and design is what they believe sets him apart from other builders. This hands-on approach, from conceptual drawings to final walk-through, has earned them the unparalleled reputation for exceptional service.

We are thrilled to have Simmons Estate Homes’ support again this year, and are so very thankful for their generous partnership!


For details on how your business can be showcased at the GRACE Gala as an event or auction sponsor, visit our event website at GRACEgala.com

Corporations, local business and individuals with a kindred mission to see families in our area thrive are encouraged to inquire about a tailored Gala sponsorship package.  To maximize sponsorship exposure, availability is limited.

As GRACE’s largest fund raising event of the year, the monies raised support the GRACE mission to provide emergency assistance to families facing hardship in the Greater Northeast Tarrant County.  Sponsorships range from $1,000 to $20,000.  Individual tickets are $375, and a table of ten is $3,500.  Auction item donations are available and very much appreciated!

Winter (Planting) Begins Tomorrow

 

Winter begins tomorrow in the GRACE Community Garden!  Well, winter planting that is!  Saturday, August 17th from 8:00 a.m. until noon we will be in the GRACE Community Garden!
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Enjoy the great outdoors as we plant winter squash and weed and mulch the beds.  Click here to sign-up for this day

The GRACE Community Gardens are a way for GRACE to provide those in need with healthy, organic produce. Each month, volunteers are needed to help with a major planting, prepping, or harvesting event. Don’t worry, experience is not necessary! Garden Leaders will be there to give direction and educate volunteers on gardening.

What to bring: Water bottle, closed toe shoes, and sunscreen. If you own gardening gloves and knee pads, please bring them! There are some at the gardens for those who do not have any.

Contact: Alison Shumaker

Email: alison.shumaker@yahoo.com

Phone: 817-907-6617

Thank you and have a wonderful day!

Location: 837 E Walnut Street Grapevine, TX 76051

Meet Our Marketing Manager Lindsay

We are excited to finally announce and introduce Lindsay Williford, our Marketing & Communications Manager here at GRACE!  Lindsay joined the GRACE team last October, bringing with her a passion for serving others and love for creative thinking and all things design.

Born and raised in west Texas, her family moved to Coppell in ’94 where she graduated high school in ’99.  She then studied marketing at Texas A&M University, having a propensity to also study everything from winemaking to retail floristry to art history, journalism, and architecture there (which, unfortunately, also means not strictly adhering to her degree plan).  Moving back to the Dallas area near her family in 2005, she studied interior design at the Art Institute of Dallas.  In the fall of 2015, she enrolled at the University of North Texas to complete the last bit of her bachelor degree, graduating in May ’16.

The past five years have been the most fulfilling and enriched, reconnecting her with former and new passions and goals, and finally seeing ambitions realized.  Volunteering and service work are not merely influential and meaningful, but of high priority in her day-to-day life.  Cornerstone Baptist Church in downtown Dallas, a sister church of her church home, Valley Ranch Baptist Church, runs – among many other crucial ministries – The Kitchen and Clothes Closet, where she was reintroduced to her heart for serving others.

Lindsay traveled with a mission team from Valley Ranch Baptist in ’17 to Peru.  There the mission team worked alongside several missionaries and church planters in different regions, helping facilitate “Christmas Stores” within poverty-stricken areas.  Then in ’18, she joined another mission team traveling to Mumbai, India, where the team worked with the organization YouCanFreeUs, ministering and loving on young girls rescued from the very real and prevalent horrors of modern-day slavery – sex trafficking.  The team witnessed the still thriving evil first-hand as, for ways orchestrated and protected only by God, they were permitted to enter – led by the local missionaries who have managed to build baffling relationships with brothel owners – an active slave brothel in one of Mumbai’s red-light districts.

She is thankful for the home she found at GRACE, doing the things she loves, with and for people that are easy to love, focused on a mission of the most high calling – to love.  Lindsay enjoys her many responsibilities here at GRACE, from graphic design to writing articles, but particularly feels blessed meeting and interviewing members of the GRACE family – clients, volunteers, and staff alike.

“Some of the most rewarding moments so far have been receiving calls from individuals who have graciously shared with me their stories, allowing me to share those stories with our GRACE family and entrusting me to put it all into words.  When those individuals take the time to personally call me, thanking me after reading their article for the way their hearts and stories were shared, I feel further confirmation I am exactly where God wants me.”

Lindsay recently became engaged in May to then boyfriend, Dani, while visiting where he grew up in Vienna, Austria.  She has no intention of slowing down on traveling the world, but is tremendously grateful for her place – right here, right now – surrounded by the best friends, the best family (including her four nieces) and the best job.  GRACE is so very proud to have her on our Development Team, and we ask you to join us in giving her a warm welcome!

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