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FOURTH QUARTER GRACE MVP AWARD

The GRACE MVP Award is a distinguished honor for one select staff member who exhibits exceptional customer service, outstanding attitude, innovative thinking, interdepartmental relations/teamwork and excellence in mission.

Transitional Housing Manager, Jamé Scott, is a true example of the GRACE Mission and Core Values.  After a short time at GRACE, her leadership capabilities were so prominent that she was promoted to a manager role in Transitional Housing.

As a foster child herself who was raised by a loving family, Jamé’s passion grew for children in the foster system and adoptive parents. Jamé has capitalized on her knack for building structure and compassion for single mothers and fathers who are looking to her leadership for accountability, stability and a safe place to rebuild their futures.

Jamé’s personal approach makes her clients feel like part of the GRACE family, and not just a number. Her authentic spirit, depth of knowledge, and willingness to go above and beyond to see displaced families succeed makes her an outstanding ambassador for what GRACE stands for.

Congratulations on the well-deserved honor, Jamé!

 About GRACE Transitional Housing

The Transitional Housing clients participate in a comprehensive two-year program that equips clients for success through accountability, skills training and encouragement in a structured, safe environment. Many of the clients come to GRACE Transitional Housing after experiencing domestic abuse or an emergency situation that has jeopardized their safety or livelihood.

EVENT RELEASE: Dine to Donate Launches DFW Restaurant Week for Charity

DFW Restaurant Week from April 13-22 aims to make profound impact on local families.

Grapevine, TX– There’s no need to travel to Dallas to find culinary gems for an unforgettable dining experience. For one week only, these select restaurateurs are allowing you to make a profound impact on families with Dine to Donate.

Dine to Donate is a newly-launched Restaurant Week showcasing local cuisine with proceeds benefiting GRACE, a local charity. Each prix-fixed menu has a price point of $39 or $49, with up to $8 returning to GRACE. The campaign runs from April 13 to April 22.

WHO GRACE IS

GRACE is a faith-based social service agency that provides food, clothing, shelter, education and medical care to families in the midst of job loss, low income or other recent emergency. Each year GRACE serves an average of 5,000 family members in Greater Northeast Tarrant County.

WHERE YOU COME IN                                                                                                                                                                             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.

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

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PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS
Please visit FB.com/DinetoDonateGrapevine for the most updated participating restaurants.

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

Loveria Café
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/

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/

Truluck’s
1420 Plaza Place
Southlake, TX
(817) 912-0500
https://trulucks.com/locations/southlake-texas/
https://www.facebook.com/Trulucks-Southlake-434681050221161/

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

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GRACE NEEDS CAR HELP

GRACE is looking to the community to help provide a reliable car for a client, who was involved in a car accident that totaled her only form of transportation.  Deanna is a 30-year old single mother to her daughter, Lauren, who is a kindergartener. Unfortunately, the damage the crash caused is more than the car is worth.

Deanna is finishing the last four weeks of school before she begins her externship leading to a full time role as a Medical Office Assistant. This mother has made tremendous strides in carving out a promising path for her daughter, and discouraging event like this is an opportunity for the community to provide hope and strengthen this young family.

This is just one example of the many transportation crises we see for a one-car family who experiences costly repairs, the repercussion of a “lemon”, or simply the only car they could afford that died before they were prepared to pay for another one. Some families, such as single mothers or fathers, have a difficult time even purchasing a car and maintainig their other bills.

Car donations are crucial in ensuring families like Deanna have reliable transportation to work and school, so they are able to increase their earning potential, make their rent or take their children to day care.

Do you have a car to donate?

If you are able to provide a mode of transportation, or have any resources available to help Deanna have a car to drive, please contact GRACE Programs Director Stacy Pacholick. All car donations will benefit GRACE families based on need.

RESERVE YOUR GOLF TEAM ONLINE

Participating in Drive Into the Night is an ideal way for businesses, civic groups, and family members to get away from the office and have some fun on the field. The event includes a bar-b-que dinner, swag bag, discounts at the Drive Into the Night Glow Mart, drink tickets, prizes and more.

Players can be paired with a team or register for teams of four.

EVENT DETAILS

Twilight Tee Off

Glow Golf Tournament Benefiting GRACE

Sponsored by Randy White Real Estate Services

WHEN

Friday, April 20, 2018

WHERE

Grapevine Golf Course

3800 Fairway Drive in Grapevine

PROGRAM

Check in 5:30 PM

Putting Contest/Driving Range Open: 6:00 PM

Shotgun Start

REGISTER HERE

Help us make a difference!

Not only is Drive Into the Night unique night golf experience for your friends or colleagues, 100% of the event proceeds fund programs that give hope to at-risk children in our community.

GRACE is a faith-based, social service agency that provides emergency assistance to an average of 5,100 families and individuals each year. For nearly 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 GRACE programs and volunteer opportunities at GRACEGrapevine.org.

The money raised will support programs like Christmas Cottage, which supplies over 2,700 family members with new Christmas gifts and Feed Our Kids, which provides 37,500 meals to at-risk children on average each summer. Your participation as a Player or Sponsor ensures that these programs reach as many in need as possible!

Register a Team or Player or become a Sponsor at DriveIntotheNight.com.

Sponsorship sales are underway now, and player spots are limited. The only way to make sure your team is playing is by purchasing one of several levels of sponsorship packages available. Special “naming sponsorships” are also available for a tailored sponsorship and increased exposure within the local community.

Sponsorships begin at the Putter Level ($1,000). It includes a player foursome, two carts, dinner for four, 8 drink tickets, and other benefits, including glow equipment for play and for decorating your cart.

Individual entries are $250 each, and a team of four for $1,000.

 

GRACE ANNOUNCES 2018 GRACE GALA CHAIRS

GRACE is honored to announce Lynda and Robert Warner as the 2018 Chairs for the GRACE Gala, championing fifteen outstanding years of critical program funding.

The New York natives have been married for 21 years, but the dynamic duo first met 33 years ago when Robert offered to light Lynda’s Bunsen burner in their college sophomore chemistry class. Since their burgeoning “meet cute”, the two have come a long way from the lab room.

As the Global Head for Alcon Laboratories’ Vision Care Franchise, Robert managed over 4 billion dollars and delivered up to $187M in sales growth over the course of one year. Robert’s keen understanding of the complex pharmaceutical and medical device industry, along with his propensity for relating to people have made him instrumental in virtually every executive capacity at Alcon, which has generated over $10 billion in global sales.

Lynda holds a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, which studies individual and group behavior in the workplace in order to find complex solutions. For many years Lynda spearheaded leadership programs and specialized in training materials for pharmaceutical and medical device companies for crisis management and optimum performance.

Despite their distinguished careers, family ranks the highest on their priority list, and so does sharing their blessings with local families needing support. As Lynda and Robert’s two daughters, Ana and Erin, got older, they made a conscious effort to engage in meaningful projects that would make a positive impact and instill strong virtue in their girls.

Over the holidays, the family would gather ingredients from the supermarket for GRACE families to enjoy a warm holiday meal. The girls were also encouraged to sacrifice their toys and other belongings to donate to GRACE each Lent season.

Meanwhile, their parents served as team parents, school chaperones, and chairing school charity events, including Thunder Water Polo campaigns, Carroll Dragon Band, Emerald Belles’ Junior Clinic, and Band competitions. Lynda enjoys storytelling while Robert takes on the indoor games during VBS at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, where they attend.

Robert brings his visionary mindset, zeal for people and experience in corporate charity work to the GRACE Gala. Lynda brings her analytical approach to refine every facet of the event, and community engagement to garner support from corporate sponsors and attendees alike.

The Warners distincion, charisma, luxuriant talents and genuine spirit make them a tremendous asset to make this the best GRACE Gala yet.

“We have always held GRACE close to our hearts and feel that this is our next volunteer home,” said Lynda. “We had prayed for guidance about what would be out next step.  Within weeks [GRACE] reached out to us.”

This year’s commemorative 15 year anniversary returns to the Gaylord Texan, set in the new high-rise of the resort’s $120 million expansion project.

The Gala is the single, largest fundraising event for the agency, and revenues from the event are used to fund the many programs and services offered to GRACE clients throughout the year.

Sponsorships for the black-tie event are available. Please contact Melissa Ansley at 817-467-4672 for tailored sponsorship options.

The Warners have called Southlake home for 20 years, and have watched their children grow and thrive in the community. NYU Freshman, Ana, was an Emerald Belle, and the goalie for the Southlake Carroll Water Polo team, who were state champions in 2014 and 2015. Eric is currently on the Drum Line and Indoor Percussion, and enjoys taking part in the Spartan Races. The family has two rescue dogs, Zac and Lizzy.

STYLE & GRACE HOSTS EXCLUSIVE PARTY

Most women (and some men) can remember a serendipitous shopping trip where they not only found the perfect items they were looking for—but treasure trove of their favorite things for a fraction of the cost.

Such an occasion led shopper Angela to invite some friends—16 to be exact—for an impromptu after-hour private shopping party at Style & GRACE, where the treasure trove was opened with snacks and drinks to boot.

Angela’s petite foot size limited her at most retail stores, but Style & GRACE gave her VIP treatment and sought after beautiful size five shoes fit for a princess. At the end of her shopping, she had purchased 14 pairs of shoes that fit just right. The success led to scheduling a private shopping party with her friends.

What’s more, the Style & GRACE volunteer was having so much fun on her first-ever shift, that she stayed to join in on the fun. Another dedicated volunteer came back after an earlier shift to help out, which speaks to the dedication and familial bonds the store has for the GRACE mission.

Style & GRACE is committed to offering personalized, fun, shopping experiences for ladies and men, which is why they make reservations for private shopping parties after hours.

For one night only, friends can sip and shop with special discounted rates and one-on-one attention.

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.

Get store details at Style-and-GRACE.com

Facebook: FB.com/StyleandGRACEBoutique

Twitter: Twitter.com/StyleandGRACEb

Psssssst! Check out our Silent Auction Items!

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The boutique is hosting their annual Valentine’s Day Silent Auction.

14 carat gold 16” necklace

Glass wine decanter with beveled stopper

$25 gift certificate to Style & GRACE

Lenox heart-shaped trinket dish

 

COME TOGETHER

Dig out your bellbottoms and turtlenecks for one magical night of music at the Grapevine Palace Theater benefitting GRACE programs.

The renowned tribute band, A Hard Night’s Day, faithfully recreates Beatles music down to John, Paul, George and Ringo’s last note. A Hard Night’s Day has been a local favorite for 24 years, playing at venues across the globe, including the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles first performed.

The tribute performance is taking place one night only at the Grapevine Palace Theater, Saturday, February 24. Tickets are on sale now for $25.

The event is presented by The British Emporium to commemorate their silver anniversary in the states. So after strolling through the endearing sundries from the British Isles, check out their largest selection of English teas in the region—and don’t forget the exotic spices, crumpets, and candied preserves.

To further enhance the nostalgic feeling of this setting, the concession stand will feature a few hard-to-find favorite British treats such as chocolates, biscuits, candy and other confections.

Seating is limited. Reserve your seat here.

“I get by with a little help from my friends.” –The Beatles

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WELCOME MELISSA

We are thrilled to welcome Melissa Ansley as the GRACE Events Manager. Melissa’s unique combination of dynamism and effervescent spirit make her a true ambassador of GRACE with sponsors, vendors, volunteers and GRACE clients alike.

We asked Melissa to share her heart about what motivates her to serve alongside the volunteers and staff at GRACE.

What brings you to GRACE?

I was with a national non-profit for nine years and I learned a great deal about fundraising and collaborating with volunteer groups. There came a time where I felt called to work for an organization that spoke to the stirrings of my heart.

As I started researching local non-profits GRACE stood out among the rest as something I could apply my talents to make tangible changes in the lives of local families. The position is a great cross-over to what I was doing in my previous position but with exciting challenges.

Describe your typical day

I don’t think in this position there is a typical day.  My role consists of overseeing our two major fundraising events; Drive Into the Night and the GRACE Gala and all the things that entails.  This includes fundraising, committee coordination, event logistics and donor stewardship.

Every day focuses on a different facet, which makes it continually surprising and different. The best part of my day is interacting with the volunteers at GRACE.  The love and commitment they have to the mission of GRACE is amazing.

Which GRACE Core value is most instilled in your role?

Excellence!  I learned a while back that striving for excellence is way better than trying to be perfect. Excellence takes the pressure off and allows you to work within your gifts for the greater good.

Words of inspiration?

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

As someone who plans events for a living and loves to plan out my whole life, this verse speaks to me in on a deep level.  It reminds me that at the end of the day He is in control and I can make all the plans that I want, but it’s His plan that will prevail…and His plan will always better than mine.

Welcome to the GRACE family, Melissa!

HELP US STOCK THE CLINIC’S MEDICAL CABINET

Help us supplement our medications inventory at the GRACE Community Clinic to provide our clients with over-the-counter remedies to keep families at their best.

This is an ideal learning opportunity with your children the next time you are at the grocery store or local pharmacy. Start a playful scavenger hunt to find the wish list items in the aisle, remind your children about looking to grownups for medicine safety, and share examples how children in other families need medicine when they scratched their knee or tummy hurts.

 

Community Clinic Medication Needs List

  • Hydrocortisone 1% Cream
  • Neosporin cream/ointment
  • Aspirin 81 mg.
  • Tylenol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Naproxen
  • Iron Tablets
  • Fish Oil
  • Calcium Tablets
  • Multi-Vitamins
  • Vitamin D
  • Probiotics
  • Fiber/Metamucil
  • Miralax
  • Visine
  • Lubricating Eye Drops
  • Zyrtec
  • Vitamin C
  • Omeprazole
  • Monistat cream
  • Nasacort Nasal Spray
  • Flonase Sprain
  • Docusate
  • Debrox Ear Wax Remover
  • Zyrtec
  • Hemorrhoid Cream
  • Fungal Foot Creams

About the Community Clinic
As the only Community Clinic in the immediate area GRACE is committed to providing holistic, preventative care that helps families overcome financial and physical hardship.
Your investment in GRACE programs spurs exciting changes for families in our community, including the 835 individuals who consider the GRACE Community Clinic their medical home.

Get Involved
The volunteers and staff are forging new paths for their patients, and continue to their focus and scope of referral treatments. The Community Clinic is looking for passionate Registered Nurses, Physical Therapists, Doctors, and Specialists who can invest their time and resources into providing the best care possible.

Contact Volunteer Manager, Lara Hohweiler to get more information.

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