Tuesday, September 27, 2022

It’s GRACE Gala Time!

The City of Southlake partners with select organizations through Community Services Agreements to provide outstanding services to our residents.

Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE) works with the city to provide emergency assistance services to Southlake residents in need. There are many ways Southlake residents can get involved with organizations such as GRACE to make a difference in your community, but the GRACE Gala is hands-down, one of the most fun!

Mark your calendars for the 19th annual ‘angels among us’ GRACE Gala, presented by The Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at the Irving Convention Center in Las Colinas.

A meaningful celebration of the community’s generosity, the evening is filled with gourmet food, libations, high-caliber entertainment, and auction items. All proceeds fund the GRACE mission to provide food, clothing, shelter, and medical care to tens of thousands of individuals and local families each year.

Back by popular demand, The Walton Stout Band will perform with their fiery mix of R&B, Soul/Funk, and Dance.

Attendees will have an opportunity to bid on hundreds of valuable items including—local treasures, great travel, and unique experiences.

At the end of the program, there will be the annual Gala raffle drawing. This year’s prize will be a Trip to the Dominican Republic. Raffle tickets are $50 each, or five for $200, and can be purchased online—you need not be present to win!

Sponsorships begin at $4,000. Full-table sponsorships start at $3,500. Individual tickets are $375 each, or a table of ten for $3,500.

For more information, visit https://www.gracegala.com/ for details or contact Basha Ramsey, GRACE Special Events Manager, at 817-305-4653, or email events@gracegrapevine.org.

Southlake Cares Challenge: GRACE Food Pantry

The GRACE Food Pantry and Clinic need support from the community to help meet increasing demand for their services. Show them Southlake Cares.

You may know of GRACE Grapevine for their Community Pantry, located at 837 E. Walnut Street in Grapevine. The Food Pantry provides perishable and non-perishable food to individuals and families in need. But that is not all GRACE does to support the community. GRACE offers wrap-around services, which include the Community Clinic (the only community clinic this side of Fort Worth), Transitional Housing and other Sheltering Assistance, Seniors’ Services, Children’s Services, Lifeskills and Financial Education, and Emergency Assistance for utilities, transportation, and more.

Triple the demand

GRACE’s Chief Development Officer, Mark Wollverton stated, “GRACE Client Services is experiencing triple the demand over last year at this time. Focus has been limited to the Food Pantry, Community Clinic, Senior Services, Transitional Housing, and Emergency Services. GRACE lost $50,000 each week the resale stores were closed, in addition to loss from cancelled events. There is a concern for future support as funder fatigue grows and donors face their own recovery needs.”

What can you do?

An easy way to support GRACE and make up for lost revenue is to help them is through their online donation portal. This gift allows GRACE to apply funds where they are most needed. Remember to select Southlake Cares as an honoree, if you choose to give this way.

Medical Community Support: Many of GRACE’s clients have diabetes, and they currently have a considerable need for insulin samples, oral diabetic medications (i.e., Januvia, Janumet, etc.). Individuals connected to the medical community can assist by providing samples of these key medications to be dispensed as ordered to GRACE clients.

Other health and safety supplies needed include medical masks and hand sanitizer.

Items can be dropped off or shipped to the following location. In order to protect your safety and GRACE staff, please remain in your car and someone will unload for you.

GRACE Food Pantry | 837 E Walnut Street, Grapevine, TX 76051 Monday – Friday | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Southlake Cares

Visit the Southlake Cares webpage to learn more about our Six-Month Challenge. See where you might fill a need and then click on the button that says “Learn More.” On that page, there are links to take you to our partners’ websites. From there, you can choose how you want to make a difference. If you do decide to give, please be sure to indicate Southlake Cares as your honoree.

From now until December, we will feature each one of our partners and tell you how they are helping the City. We will also track the Challenge’s progress to let you know how things are going and if our organizations are encountering a specific need.

We need your help to show we’re Southlake Strong and that Southlake Cares. Thanks for caring!


The Southlake Cares Challenge

We need you, Southlake!  A challenge is at hand, and we need your help to conquer need in our community. The Southlake Cares Six-Month Challenge will raise awareness of these particular organizations’ needs and ask for specific aid to meet them.

Economic Stress Creates High Demand for Assistance

It’s a difficult time in our nation and our communities. Families desperately need the essentials of food, medicine, shelter, and more in our area, and local service organizations have a growing need of support from the community for money, in-kind donations, and volunteers. In some instances, the demands have tripled, while revenue sources have declined.  The City of Southlake has a history of partnership with these six service organizations and relies on them to help provide services to the community in meaningful ways.

How to Help

Visit the Southlake Cares website and learn more about these organizations. See where you might fill a need and then click on the button that says Learn More. On that page, there are links to take you to our partners websites.  From there, you can choose how you want to make a difference. If you do decide to give, please be sure to indicate Southlake Cares as your honoree.

Over the next six months, we will feature each one of our partners and tell you how they are helping the City.  We will also track the challenge’s progress to let you know how things are going and if our organizations are encountering a specific need.

We need your help to show we’re Southlake Strong and that Southlake Cares. Won’t you join us?

GRACE Hosts Open House on November 30th to Promote Annual Christmas Cottage

GRACE (Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange) Grapevine will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, November 30th from 4:00 PM-8:00 PM to promote their annual Christmas Cottage.

Through their annual Christmas Cottage program, GRACE Grapevine provides new, unwrapped gifts to families facing financial hardship due to a limited income or a recent emergency. Each qualified family is given a hypothetical “budget” that allows the parents to “purchase” donated toys, home goods, and appliances in a private, store-like setting. This unique approach allows families to budget their resources and select unique presents while preserving the family’s dignity. Over 2,700 individuals and families are served each holiday season.

Unwrapped and new items can be donated at the Donation Station, 112 N Scribner Street, or at the GRACE Main, 610 Shady Brook Drive, both in Grapevine. The Christmas Cottage Program will be open from December 8th-22nd. A list of items needed can be found at GRACEGrapevine.org under the tab “Christmas Cottage”, as well as other ways to get involved.

To promote the Christmas Cottage program, GRACE Grapevine will be hosting an Open House:

Date: November 30th, 2016

Time: 4:00 PM-8:00 PM

Where: 815 S. Main Street; Grapevine, TX 76051

The Open House will begin at 4:00 PM with Children’s Time and at 5:30 PM wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. To R.S.V.P to the event, please contact Chelsea Rose, the Special Events Coordinator for GRACE Grapevine at events@GRACEGrapevine.org. For questions regarding the event, please contact Lori Stevens, the Seasonal Programs Manager for GRACE Grapevine at lstevens@GRACEGrapevine.org.

For more information regarding the Christmas Cottage program, please call GRACE Grapevine (817) 488-7009.

GRACE Grapevine is a Grapevine, Texas based nonprofit organization that provides food, clothing, financial assistance, and other vital necessities to people who are struggling with a limited income or recent emergency.

The City of Southlake has been a proud partner with GRACE Grapevine since 1994.

GRACE and Forest Park Medical Center Join Forces for the Holidays

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Employees of Forest Park Medical Center Southlake and members of its leadership team, including CEO Charles Nasem, gathered alongside Southlake Mayor John Terrell at a food drive supporting the Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE), a non-profit relief agency that provides assistance and vital necessities to those in need.

For the second year in a row, GRACE (Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange) and Forest Park Medical Center have joined forces to help give back to the community.  The Forest Park Southlake family participated in a hospital-wide food drive, provided more than 400 lbs of food to GRACE.  On December 15th, Charles Nasem, CEO of Forest Park Southlake, was joined by the Forest Park Southlake employees who gathered around the hospital’s Christmas tree, and toasted GRACE with hot cider and cocoa.

Accepting the donation on behalf of the GRACE Board was Southlake Mayor, John Terrell.  Mayor Terrell also accepted a token crystal bell for GRACE engraved,  “GRACE, for Answering the Bell in Our Community.”

The City of Southlake supports GRACE’s efforts in Southlake, Keller, and Colleyville.  For more information about the City’s community service organizations, please visit CityofSouthlake.com/CommunityServiceOrganizations.

GRACE Celebrates Volunteers at Annual Appreciation Luncheon

GRACE_BlueOn Wednesday, April 30, 2014, GRACE, a community partner of the City of Southlake held its Annual Appreciation Lunch.

The Hilton DFW Lakes Ballroom was filled with excitement as GRACE volunteers gathered for a luncheon in appreciation of their hard work and dedication during 2013. However, no amount of cake, verbal thanks, or awards can ever fully express the gratitude that GRACE has for each of its volunteers.

In 2013, 1,849 volunteers lent helping hands to the various GRACE sites. 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. Volunteers at GRACE 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 the day-to-day operations of GRACE.

A total of 49,962.32 hours were worked by the GRACE volunteer base in 2013. To put that number in perspective, that’s 1,957 days; 278 weeks; the equivalent of just over five years!

The 2013-2014 Outstanding Volunteers are as follows:

Volunteer of the Year, Sharon Cherry

Volunteer of the Year, Sharon Cherry

Volunteer of the Year: Sharon Cherry

Outstanding Food Pantry Volunteer: Cathy Jackson

Outstanding Community Gardens Volunteer: Caryn Hutchinson, Becca Clarke, & Alison Shumaker

Outstanding Clothing Room Volunteer: Andrea Longo De Moraes

Outstanding Emergency Assistance Volunteer: Idell Bowker

Outstanding Donation Station Volunteer: Ann Lee

Outstanding Compass Center Volunteer: Chasen Watson

Outstanding GRACEful Buys Volunteer: Kim Le

Outstanding Style & GRACE Volunteer: Becky Fisher

Outstanding Community Clinic Volunteer: Eduardo Herrera

Outstanding Community Clinic Medical Provider: Dr. Robert Wai

Outstanding Friends & Family Volunteer: Cindy Wheeler

Outstanding Board Member Volunteer: Lynn Niewald

Outstanding Transitional Housing Volunteer: Tracy Crump

Outstanding Development Volunteer: Laura Grosskopf

Outstanding Special Events Volunteers: Mike & Sherri Mills

Outstanding Youth Volunteer: Abby Tisdale

Outstanding Seasonal Programs Volunteer: Ed Folliard

Outstanding Volunteer Group: ARI

Congratulations to all of the award recipients!

For more information, contact Jaqueline Hester at 817.305.4652 or email jhester@GRACEGrapevine.org.

GRACE Christmas Cottage Needs Toys, Cookies and Volunteers

The GRACE Christmas Cottage has been giving and growing  since 2001 — in size, volume and people served. What began as an organized effort to distribute toys to local children has developed into a well-orchestrated program of providing holiday gifts to entire families. Now in its 11th year, the Christmas Cottage is open December 7-20 at 2845 Exchange Blvd, suite 300, in Southlake. Supporters are asked to bring new and unwrapped toys and gifts for children and teens; small appliances and gift cards for parents; wrapping paper, tape and bows; and batteries beginning Monday, November 26, between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

What was a huge empty warehouse has been transformed into what resembles Santa’s toy shop with festive décor, trees, wreaths and lights. Donated toys and gifts are organized by sex and age groups to aid shoppers. To participate, families must be qualified by GRACE and make an appointment to visit the Christmas Cottage.

According to Shonda Schaeffer, executive director for Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE), the Christmas Cottage is designed to be a one-stop shop for families facing financial challenges, noting the store-like setting allows the parents to have a sense of dignity and pride as they select the perfect gifts for each child.

“We’re thrilled with our volunteer and donor support for the Christmas Cottage,” said Schaefer. “However, we are concerned because we are reaching about 400 more kids than last year. We’re looking to the community to step in and help with more donations.”

GRACE is expecting the Christmas Cottage to provide a happy holiday to more than 600 families with more than 1,600 children who live in the Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake area. “We are asking even more this year from our community to help fill this need,” Schaefer continued.

To assist those wishing to make donations, GRACE has compiled a list of gift ideas for children, teenagers, and adults/families that includes items in all price ranges.

Just as important as toys are the volunteers who organize, decorate, stock, clean up and assist customers during the 14-day run. Spanish-speaking volunteers are very important to make sure all families’ needs are met. Anyone wishing to work at the Christmas Cottage should contact Lori Stevens at 817-488-2181 or lstevens@gracegrapevine.org.

The Christmas experience is not complete without cookies which is why the Christmas Cottage needs six dozen cookies a day to hand out to visitors. If you would like to donate baked cookies, please contact Lori Stevens at 817-488-2181 or lstevens@gracegrapevine.org

For more information about the GRACE Christmas Cottage, go to www.gracegrapevine.orgor call 817-488-7009.

Angels Among Us: 9th Annual GRACE Gala October 13

Known as the ‘black tie event of the year’ in Northeast Tarrant County, the 9th Annual GRACE Gala will be held October 13 in the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas. With gourmet foods, fine wines, live entertainment, a car giveaway, and live and silent auctions, the glamorous affair promises a good time, but it has a serious purpose: to raise substantial funds for the non-profit relief agency’s programs and services during the coming year.

According to Shonda Schaeffer, executive director for GRACE, this year’s event is more critical due to an increase in demand for services.

“We are seeing a 10 percent increase of people knocking on our door and we’re worried about general support of children throughout the year, especially with the holidays coming up,” Schaeffer said, noting GRACE handed out back-to-school supplies to 1,000 students this year, compared to 650 in 2011.

As the largest fundraiser for Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE), the annual gala is an opportunity to showcase the organization’s success stories, honor volunteers, and celebrate with supporters. Since its inception in 2004, the GRACE Gala has raised more than $2.2 million in total net proceeds. These funds are used to uphold GRACE’s mission to help those in need with more than a just a hand-out, but a hand up toward self-sufficiency. In 2011 alone, GRACE distributed more than $1.6 million worth of goods and services to meet the needs of families in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake.

The proceeds from this year’s Gala also will be used to administer a new program called Faith, which is aimed at helping families who are dependent on GRACE’s services on an ongoing basis. The money is needed to supplement a $125,000 federal grant GRACE received for the program.

“This program is focused on teaching long-term self sufficiency versus providing short-term emergency assistance. We want people not to need us every month,” explains Schaeffer.

Schaeffer, along with a planning committee of more than 30 people, hopes to raise several hundred thousand dollars at the Gala through a combination of event ticket sales ($250 each), corporate sponsorships, auction items, and raffle tickets for a 2012 Chevy Silverado or Camaro convertible provided by this year’s title sponsor: The Thompson Group, Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine. Raffle tickets are $100 each or three for $200 and may be purchased online. The winner’s name will be drawn during the Gala (do not have to be present to win).

One of the most popular features of the Gala is the silent auction which offers a broad assortment of luxury items including jewelry, artwork, sports memorabilia, and travel packages. Some of the items in this year’s silent auction include:

  • Two-night stay at Calistoga Ranch Lodge in Napa Valley
  • Del Frisco’s six-course wine dinner for six
  • Luxury suite for Dallas Stars hockey game
  • Learjet flight simulator ride for one hour

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, a commemorative video highlighting GRACE’s contributions to the local communities will be shown during dinner with testimonials from the mayors of Colleyville, Grapevine and Southlake.

For more information or to make a reservation for the 2012 GRACE Gala, go to www.gracegala.org or call 817-305-4654.