LOCAL BUSINESSES TEAM UP TO GIVE NEW LIFE TO TRANSITIONAL HOUSING COMPLEX

Many of us have set out to improve the curb appeal of our home to make it seem more welcoming to guests and passersby. For those in our Transitional Housing program, feelings of home eventually fade away or elude them after prolonged violence, despair or crisis. Valspar and the team at CWS Corporate Housing understood the importance of creating a comfortable refuge for our clients by giving a fresh coat of paint to the exterior of the Transition Housing residents’ homes. CWS Corporate Housing donated the manpower, and Valspar donated all of the paint and supplies for the beautification project. Last year CWS Corporate Housing, the 2015 GRACE Volunteer Group of the year, provided new landscaping, plumbing and furnishings to the apartments, going so far as to donate their personal time off and collect a pool of over $3,000 to complete the projects. The transformation of the Transitional Housing grounds

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SPECIAL THANKS

Volunteers are the heartbeat of GRACE, and our Sponsors are foundational in providing food, clothing, shelter and medical care to struggling families in our midst. The GRACE Gala takes hundreds of volunteer hours and visionary investors to ensure vital programming continues throughout the year. We’d like to recognize business partners, volunteers and Gala Committee members who are truly instrumental in furthering the GRACE Mission: 2016 GRACE Gala Committee Members Gala Co-Chairs Andy Cunningham Ashley Cunningham Raffle Chair Stephanie Hays Sponsorship Chairs Kevin Chase Stacey Chase Auction Co-Chairs Melissa Pritchett Anna Sheehan Jesika Cook Traci Coy Ana Erwin Carol Hartvigsen Sheila Moyer Tiffany O’Malley Bree Vopelak Title Sponsor The Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet Platinum Plus Berkeys Air Conditioning, Plumbing, Electrical North Texas Specialty Physicians Feature Sponsors Accenture BNSF Railway EY HCL Technologies Salesforce SAP America, Inc. The Hartnett Group World Wide Technology & EMC Gold Sponsors KPMG EFH, TXU Energy

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JOIN US FOR GRACE’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS COTTAGE TOY COLLECTION EVENT

Celebrate the holidays with GRACE and help us collect toys for families in need this season. The community is encouraged to attend GRACE’s annual Christmas Cottage Open House, a special evening when families and businesses have the opportunity to donate new, unwrapped toys to make the holiday season special for children in need. Thanks to the generosity of the City of Grapevine and sponsor Park Place Lexus in Grapevine, GRACE is able to utilize the same Christmas Cottage site for its third consecutive year at 815 S Main Street off Dallas in Grapevine. The Open House will be held on Wednesday, November 30. Guests are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped gifts to children and families in need. This is an ideal holiday event for your family, church, civic group or business to attend. Refreshments and Christmas cheer will be provided! Holiday goodies will be served for the children at 4:00

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JOIN US FOR 2016’S CHRISTMAS COTTAGE OPEN HOUSE

Celebrate the holidays with GRACE and help us collect toys for families in need this season. You are cordially invited to attend the Christmas Cottage Open House on Wednesday, November 30 at 815 S. Main Street in Grapevine. This is an ideal holiday event for your family, church, civic group or business to attend. Refreshments and Christmas cheer will be provided! Holiday goodies will be served for the children at 4:00 p.m., with wine and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped gifts to children and families in need. Click here to download a list of toy ideas and volunteer information.   PARKING INFORMATION There is free parking behind the cottage off of Dallas. There is a lot across from the police station on Dallas as well and they are also allowed to park in the parking at Grapevine vintage Railroad. For those who haven’t experienced the magic

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FIRST FINANCIAL PUTS SENIORS FIRST

Many First Financial Bank employees spent their Columbus Day “day off” beautifying the Grapevine Housing grounds, where many of our local Friends & Family seniors reside. The group came prepared with brooms, rakes, clippers and trash bags to tend to the yards that had become too overbearing for our seniors, motivated by the truth that not only does the work instill pride in the senior’s property, it makes them feel good inside as well. After the weed eating, gutter cleaning, branch trimming, and porch sweeping came to an end, a table of fall craft projects was waiting for both parties. The crafts were taken to many home-bound seniors to give them a reason to smile this season. The men tackled the barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs to share with the seniors to celebrate a new season of fellowship, service and thanksgiving. To the volunteers who show God’s love to our

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FEATURE SPONSOR HIGHLIGHT: ACCENTURE

We are grateful to our partner, Accenture as the Live Auction Feature Sponsor of the GRACE Gala. The Live Auction is the lively portion the evening that delights, beckons and even creates some healthy competition around winning experiences like nothing else you’ve seen. We can’t give it all away, but our Auction Committee has been hard at work to give you the most luxurious, unforgettable experiences that are the best of Paris, Opryland, Argentina and the Rockies. There’s also something special for every art, music and sports fan, and we’re just getting started! Feature Sponsors like Accenture underwrite the program services that sustain and uplift families seeking haven at GRACE. The global, Fortune 500 consulting company essentially molds operating models to elevate performance through innovative business, technology and operations strategy. As GRACE’s largest fund raising event of the year, the revenue from the Gala provides foundational support to further the GRACE mission.

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MOBILE BIDDING IS LIVE!

If auction packages don’t incite your interest, it’s because you’ve never seen the caliber of the GRACE Gala Silent, Big Board and Live Auctions. Maybe we’re a bit partial, but the Auction Committee has been hard at work to not only ensure that everyone falls in love with the items, but that EVERYONE has access—whether you attend the Gala or not! Cyber auction guests can start bidding now on coveted items, set a maximum bid to stay in the game, and start outbidding their friends for packages like autographed  sporting goods, VIP experiences, royal spa packages and celebrity-worthy merchandise. Above all, GRACE is grateful to the many businesses who have so generously given their best products and services to support the mission of GRACE. A once-in-a-lifetime trip or experience is a priceless thing to joy, but priceless still is the opportunity to make an impact on the life of a

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SECURE YOUR SEATS FOR THE GRACE GALA

The GRACE Gala is just one week away, and now is the time to secure your seats or table! The black tie affair, happening Saturday, October 22 at the Irving Convention Center is a chance for the community of Greater Northeast Tarrant County to come together with a kindred desire to see that GRACE programs continue throughout the year. As the agency’s largest singular fund-raising event of the year, it’s also a fun-filled night of lively entertainment, gourmet food, special performances, dancing and impressive auction items that will exhilarate every taste. If you plan on coming to the GRACE Gala for the first time, you’ll soon discover why people reserve the special date on their calendar year after year. Individual tickets are $325 each or a table for $3,000. Sponsorships start at $2,000 at Patron level, or for just $500 more at $3,500, friends and businesses can reserve a table

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SUPPORTERS PEDAL WITH A PURPOSE

Fifty GRACE staff and supporters got their blood pumping for a cause earlier this month. ZYN22 in Southlake hosted a charity event that gave 100% of the full-body workout session and retail purchases to support GRACE programs. At ZYN22, they don’t call it the “ride of your life” for nothing. The premium indoor cycling venue believes in the uplifting power of cardio and weight training to the beat of dynamic Classic Rock. If that doesn’t motivate you, a well-deserved, post workout mimosa and aromatherapy towel might. The creativity of local franchises and small businesses to support GRACE programming is a prime example of what it means to employ your talents and resources to make the community a better place for families struggling in our midst. A special thanks to the staff at ZYN22, and those who were willing to break a sweat to provide local families the essentials they need

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FEATURE HIGHLIGHT: THE HARTNETT GROUP

It would come as no surprise that the kings of dining, The Hartnett Group, would be this year’s Dinner Feature Sponsor for the GRACE Gala. The Hartnett Group is the genius behind your favorite local restaurants, including Bob’s Steak & Chop House, Flips Patio Grill, Mi Dia, and Winewood Grill. The Hartnett family has seemed to master every cuisine imaginable, from a decadent brunch, prime ‘cote de boeuf’ bone-in ribeye, to juicy hamburgers and authentic Latin American fare. As longtime supporters of GRACE, The Hartnett Group’s investment as the Dinner Feature Sponsor raises funds to ensure that no family in our community go without food, shelter, clothing and medical care. When Winewood premiered it’s now-famous brunch menu among nearly two hundred of the area’s finest food connoisseurs, The Harnett Group seized the opportunity to launch an awareness campaign event for GRACE’s annual Holiday Food Drive to families in need. Much

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