A Big Splash for the Food Pantry

Competitive divers prefer NOT making a splash. Yet the waves made by the GC Divers and their very first Holiday Food Drive are being felt all the way to the GRACE Food Pantry. The Southlake-based organization held their first-ever food drive for the GRACE Food Pantry as part of their annual holiday party. “We chose GRACE because it is focused on helping our local community,” said Kathy Doody, president of the GC Divers Parents Organization. “The holidays are a perfect time for GC Divers to reflect on giving back.” Nearly 700 non-perishable food items were donated by the divers and their families to stock the GRACE Food Pantry shelves. GRACE Community Clinic nurse manager Shirley Roberts, RN, BAS, CCM, and special events manager Chelsea Rose attended to thank the divers for their gifts. US National diving champion Krista Klein heads GC Divers. She is a former NCAA and USA Diving National

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Eagle Scout Gathers Coats for GRACE Clients

It’s an image straight from the pages of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: from under the robe of the Ghost of Christmas Present tumbled two children—each was barefoot with only the thinnest fabric covering their shivering bodies from the winter cold. Dickens represented society’s abandonment of the poor and the consequences of that abandonment with these two children. He was a strong proponent of taking care of those in need, as evidenced in many of his novels, including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, David Copperfield, Little Dorrit, and many others. In the beginning of A Christmas Carol, the ghost of Jacob Marley admonishes Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge complimented the spirit on his business savvy. To which Marley responded “Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, benevolence, were all my business!” This was a lesson learned early in life by Eagle Scout candidate Adam Haddad. For his Boy Scouts

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Grapevine Chamber Celebrates with GRACE

Grapevine is the Christmas Capital of Texas, and members of the Grapevine Chamber are the jolliest and most generous of Santa’s helpers! The GRACE tables were overflowing with an abundance of toys, canned goods and other gifts last yesterday’s Grapevine Chamber Luncheon. Chamber CEO RaDonna Hessel and Chair Joe Szymaszek asked members to bring new, unwrapped toys and nonperishable food items to support GRACE Christmas Cottage and Food Pantry. An overflow crowd of more than 300 made the luncheon magical!! Carts-full of food items, clothing and new Christmas toys went to GRACE, ensuring no family leaves Christmas Cottage empty handed as it reaches its final days before Christmas. The day’s festivities were also highlighted by a moving tribute to the Grapevine Police Department. More than 30 members of Grapevine’s Finest attended and each received a special gift from the Chamber and Chamber member Bob’s Steak & Chop House. Guests were

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Christmas Cottage in Print

Society Life publisher Elena Ellis featured GRACE Christmas Cottage in her ’Tis the Giving Season issue with a two-page spread crafted by freelance writer Shannon Stewart Salinsky. Shannon began her story with a passage from the Gospel of Luke, used in the animated Christmas classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas, also the Christmas Cottage theme this year. In the show, frustrated with the commercialism surrounding the holiday season, Charlie Brown asks, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” Linus steps forward and recites the beautiful and moving account of the Nativity that includes the joyous news: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Christmas Cottage, and the joining of donors and volunteers to make the season merrier for those in need, is the appropriate remedy for an avalanche of advertisements and avarice. “Nothing feels better this

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Go Greased Lighting Go!

GREASE IS THE WORD for the fourth annual CBI Brotherhood casino night, Saturday, January 14. Dust off your leather jackets and poodle skirts, and take your Chevy to the coolest shindig in town! Congregation Beth Israel will take us back to the 1950s with a night of gaming at Rydell High, also known as Good Shephard Community Hall, 1000 Tinker Road in Colleyville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Last year, members of the CBI Brotherhood presented a gift of $6,000 to GRACE, and GRACE is honored to again be among the beneficiaries of this year’s event. Congregation Beth Israel, Jewish Family Services, and The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation will also share in the proceeds. Back by popular demand is Mac’s on Main customized menu that promises to live up to last year’s wonderful reviews. Sponsorships begin with the $5,000 “Greased Lighting”. “The Sandra Dee” is a $2,500 sponsorship; “The Pink

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Last Call: All Aboard the Rogue Shadow!

Okay. Yes, the Rogue Shadow was actually the ship used by Starkiller and Juno Eclipse in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. And, of course, it was first used by Starkiller to hunt down and kill any surviving Jedi Knights that somehow lived through “Order 66“, but soon after became a part of the Rebel Fleet around 0 BBY (aka Year 1,000 after the Ruusan Reformation) after Starkiller was betrayed by his master, Darth Vader and became a Jedi Padawan to Rahm Kota. Still, it has the word “Rogue” in it and that is the point: The private screening of Rogue One, A Star Wars Story is almost sold out!! There is precious little time to hit this link: ROGUE ONE TIX and join us at Harkins Theatres Southlake on Sunday, December 18. Nicole and Mike Tesoriero of Southlake Style Magazine are hosting the event and asking their guests to donate at

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Year-End Volunteers Needed

The tradition continues! The last days of the year will bring a massive rush of people donating clothes, household goods, furniture and more at GRACE Donation Station. For volunteers and staff it is “all hands on deck” to help unload cars and trucks, move donations into the Station, and size, sort and classify materials. A public Call For Volunteers has been issued based on the anticipated volume of donations and the timing of the holidays. “With New Year’s Eve on Saturday,” said Dave Mowers, GRACE Director of Resale, “Donors will come earlier in the week and continue through the end of the year.”   Dave anticipates as many as 250 generous donors each day between Monday, December 26 and Saturday, December 31, will brave the chill and bring their gifts to Donation Station, 112 North Scribner Street in Grapevine. He believes Donation Station will need at least 10 more volunteers each

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Allen Wholesale is Back

It’s practically a Holiday Tradition! For the third year in a row, Kate and Ron Allen of Allen Wholesale Foods are back and selling the best steaks, chicken, pork and seafood available in the region! You’ll find them at the corner of Park Boulevard and Northwest Highway (2041 West Northwest Highway-in the Chevron lot) through December 18. The Arlington couple have created a successful wholesale business based on the simple goal to “provide the best products available in the most convenient and affordable way possible.” For many of their customers that means on-line orders of meat and seafood packages. “We stock all-natural beef, all-natural gourmet marinated chicken, all-natural pork, as well as a great selection of seafood and fish,” said Ron. Depending on the timing, many orders come with special deals including free product or direct home delivery. Their other customers know Allen Wholesale by their roadside trucks and tents

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Southlake Chamber Plays Santa

Members of the Southlake Chamber of Commerce joined in a cheerful and generous mood Thursday night to benefit the children and families served by GRACE Christmas Cottage. The monthly event is usually planned as a “mixer” for chamber members to meet and chat with other Southlake-based business people, shop owners, entrepreneurs and others. However, December’s meeting served as a Christmas Party and a celebration of another successful year. The festivities were hosted by First Financial Bank in Southlake, and all guests were asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for GRACE Christmas Cottage. More than 200 toys, games, books and other gifts were collected thanks to their generosity. With Christmas Cottage now open and serving families, the stock of toys, games, bicycles and clothing will decline rapidly. Toy drives throughout the Christmas season help Christmas Cottage maintain a good selection of gifts, and help make Christmas brighter and merrier for all

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Going Rogue with Southlake Style

  Only about a year ago, in a galaxy pretty close to home, Nicole and Mike Tesoriero of Southlake Style Magazine hosted a special screening of “Star Wars, The Force Awakens” to benefit GRACE Christmas Cottage. Well, the intrepid pair are at it again!! Nicole and Mike have reserved a private showing of “Rogue One, A Star Wars Story” at Harkins Theatres Southlake on Sunday, December 18. The doors open at 1:30 p.m., with the showing to start at 2 p.m. All the proceeds will again go to help families served at GRACE Christmas Cottage. The film itself is a milestone in the Star Wars franchise—the first standalone film in the epic adventure. “Rogue One” follows a band of unlikely heroes who come together to steal plans to the Empire’s Death Star. LucasFilm PR states “This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do

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