Santa’s Coming to Town for a New Race in Grapevine

The Grapevine Chamber of Commerce Women’s Division is proud to present the first ever Elves on the Run, 5K/ Fun Run on Sat, Dec 3rd at Trawick Pavilion in Oak Grove Park in Grapevine. This family-friendly community event is in the heart of Grapevine- the Christmas Capitol of Texas! Meet Santa at the finish line, food trucks and beverages available for spectators. Check out the vendors at Santa’s Workshop and more! Dogs on leashes welcome. The fun run will begin at 8:30 am with a chip-timed 5K at 9:00 am with awards for men and women in all age categories. There will be music, food trucks and a costume contest. Show off your holiday spirit with prizes for the best elf costume, and best registered group in costume. Early registration is $20 and $15 for kids participating in the fun run. Groups of five or more will receive a $2

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You Can Fulfill A Christmas Wish With A GRACE Christmas Wish Ornament

They’re round and sky blue with a Charlie Brown theme – they’re this year’s GRACE Christmas Cottage Wish Ornament cards. And they’re special because on the back of each one, a child or family in need has written something they’d love for Christmas this year but are not able to buy for themselves. Christmas Cottage is a GRACE program that provides new, unwrapped gifts to families in our community facing financial hardship due to limited income or recent emergency. Thousands of our ornaments have been distributed around the community to give as many of us a chance to share our compassion and generosity with others. They can be picked up at the Christmas Cottage Open House. They’re also available at the Walmart in Grapevine, as well as local schools, churches, business, local civic groups. Lori Stevens has coordinated the GRACE Christmas Cottage for the past eight years. She says that

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GALA 2016 PHOTOS ARE LIVE!!

They’re here! The beautiful portraits of guests dressed in their finest taken at the Gala are available to view via the link below. You have the option to purchase the photos, or share them online. A special thanks to Simple Moments Photography for their participation in our special annual event! http://photos.simple-moments.com/102216

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OUR GALA 2016 VIDEO IS STREAMING!

Have you seen it yet? Our heartwarming 8-minute video titled “GRACEGala2016” is streaming on GRACE Grapevine’s YouTube channel and on our Facebook page. It elegantly captures GRACE’s aim to “Share The Light of Christ” with those in need. This is what we are about. At the end of the video, you’ll realize why the staff at GRACE works so hard for our clients. You could hear and see the emotional response from the audience at the Gala. While the video played, candles were lit and passed around to all 75 tables in the grand ballroom at the Irving Convention Center. It was quite a sight, and quite an experience. It was visual testimony to hope and love in the kind of work that we do. You’ll need to grab a tissue before you hit “play”.

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GRACEful Buys Store in Euless Celebrates its First Year Anniversary!

Upscale Resale is in full swing as our newest store celebrates its success in Euless! Our two GRACEful Buys stores carry gently-used clothing, furniture, housewares, home décor, books and holiday decorations. At GRACE, the proceeds from resale go back to fund programs for those in need. Euless store manager, Larry Cervantes, says that the success of the store is largely in part to the camaraderie with his customers: “We have established ourselves as a true neighborhood store. We have several customers who come in every day or several times a week, usually just to say ‘hi’, but they end up making some type of purchase. And as we’ve gotten to know our customers on a personal level, we’ve laughed and cried with them and prayed for them. The store team has created an environment that welcomes a personal relationship with our customers. I feel that our location has offered the local

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BANK OF AMERICA GIVES BACK TO ITS COMMUNITIES

GRACE was recently one of the recipients of the Bank of America Neighborhood Builders® Leadership Program, which has been recognized as the nation’s largest philanthropic investment in nonprofit leadership development. Neighborhood Builders® was launched over 10 years ago. As part of the award, high-performing nonprofits were hand-selected from a pool of applicants to receive leadership development and $200,000 in flexible funding. This is a part of Bank of America’s efforts to build thriving communities by working with its leaders. They believe that big businesses have an obligation to impact the community in positive ways. Earlier this year, GRACE Executive Director Shonda Schaefer flew to California to attend the executive level conference while our Director of Programs, Stacy Pacholick, traveled to St. Louis to join other emerging leaders. The conferences teach community leaders to better prepare for the future by providing the tools and resources they need to develop stronger strategic

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SHONDA’S 10th ANNIVERSARY WITH GRACE

Next week, we are honoring Shonda Schaefer’s dedicated service to GRACE as Executive Director. Shonda was elected to the GRACE Board of Directors in 2003, and asked to take on the role of Executive Director in 2006. GRACE has developed into the successful organization that it is today because Shonda believes in the power of collaboration of driven individuals. She says, “Ten years ago, we were half the size we are now. Our programs have increased in reach, with the various departments coordinating efforts to create a holistic approach.” GRACE partners with almost 100 different nonprofit businesses and organizations to serve the needs of the community. She added, “The culture has also changed drastically. To be more of a family, get the wheels turning in the right direction.” GRACE truly is a well-oiled machine. Shonda is proud of the fact that GRACE has been ranked consistently at or above the

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Food Pantry Needs List

 Our Food Pantry inventory is low or out on many items, and we need your help! Download the latest shopping list for our Food Pantry below: pantryneeds012017

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THANKS FOR ANOTHER WONDERFUL GRACE GALA

We were blown away by the dedication and generosity of our volunteers and guests who made this one of the best GRACE Galas yet! Hundreds of you filled the Irving Convention Center ballroom to fund the life-changing programs at GRACE throughout the year. The night began with a special art performance by renowned Christian speed painter Lance Brown, whose mission is to “spread the Gospel with paint.” The colorblind artist spun his abstract painting to reveal a detailed likeness of Jesus’ profile. NBC 5’s four-o’clock Anchor Bianca Castro welcomed the guests as the evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies. Dr. Todd Renner of White’s Chapel United Methodist Church began the evening with an invocation. The team at Alford Media outdid themselves again this year by dressing the stage with dramatic gold and maroon drapery, and setting up laser lights and confetti for the celebration. Auction items were showcased on multiple digital screens

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2016 ANGEL OF GRACE AWARD

The Angel of GRACE is awarded each year to a person or organization who exemplifies GRACE’s mission of stewardship, compassion and guidance toward self-sufficiency. In past years we have recognized businesses, churches, cities, and individuals for their invaluable service to our community. Berkeys Air Conditioning, Plumbing, & Electrical is a company dedicated not only to outstanding service, but to the improvement of the community by helping those in need. On the business front, Berkeys is well known for their outstanding, fast, and reliable service. Behind the scenes, Berkeys Owner and President, Jamie Wooldridge, goes above and beyond to utilize his resources to help advance the mission of GRACE. Their annual HVAC, plumbing, and electrical maintenance contribution covers recurring costs and potential emergencies at GRACE sites- a costly service for a non-profit organization if not for their generosity. Berkeys has also been a top sponsor for the annual GRACE Gala, with

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