GRACE welcomes Atmos Energy as the Presenting Sponsor for the 17th Annual GRACE Gala on Saturday, November 7 at the Irving Convention Center. This is the first year the Dallas-based energy corporation has held the top sponsor position, but the company is no stranger to GRACE or the GRACE Gala.
Atmos has supported GRACE since 2009, donating nearly $40,000 to support GRACE programs and services in that time. In April, Atmos Energy selected GRACE as one of the recipients of the Atmos Energy/Robert W. Best Charitable Giving Fund to aid individuals and families during the coronavirus pandemic.
Over the last five years, Atmos Energy has donated nearly $24 million to communities to support education, health, and community welfare. On average, Atmos employees volunteer more than 35,000 hours each year donating their time and skills to the cities and towns they live in.
In addition to charitable gifts, Atmos provides energy aid to help those in need of assistance. The Atmos “Sharing the Warmth” program helps pay natural gas bills for eligible customers. The “Sharing the Warmth” fund is supported by donations from customers and employees.
Atmos also leads participation in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helps meet the energy needs of underserved families nationwide. Last year, Atmos donated nearly $6.5 million in assistance through LIHEAP and other assistance programs.
In all, last year, Atmos assisted more than 33,000 households through their energy assistance programs. GRACE is honored to be among the many social service agencies benefiting from these generous programs.
This year, GRACE is once again indebted to Atmos Energy for their support of the GRACE Gala. Their Presenting Sponsorship is only the beginning.
Atmos Energy vice president Vic DeVincenzo and his wife Tina have taken on the task of leading the GRACE Gala team this year.
Tina and Vic volunteered last year to be the co-chairs for the 2020 Gala. Serving as the volunteer leaders for this massive event is daunting in a normal year. Their extensive leadership skills are needed this year more than ever, and GRACE is fiercely grateful for the guidance they are providing.