VIP PARTY DELIVERS A TREASURED EXPERIENCE

Special guests enjoyed a memorable evening at the enchanting estate of Hilda and Aslam Khan during the 2016 GRACE Gala VIP Party. The treasured evening takes place each year to honor foundational sponsors, donors and volunteers of the GRACE Gala, which allow all proceeds of the event to directly benefit GRACE programs. VIP Party host Aslam Khan is the CEO of Falcon Holdings and the largest franchise owner of Church’s Chicken, among other ventures. The humble host, who was born in an impoverished hamlet in Pakistan, escaped destitution by his fierce zeal for knowledge and unstoppable drive to excel. The example of this remarkable family reminds us of the rich potential from within, and that no individual is beyond hope with God’s provision. Other special guests were honored, including 2016 Gala Chairs Ashley and Andy Cunningham, and the 2016 Angel of GRACE recipient, which will be formally announced the night

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BECAUSE GIVING IS ALWAYS IN FASHION

If fashion is the universal language of women, there were was no shortage of winsome exchange during the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce Women’s Division Fashion show, hosted by Style & GRACE. The sponsored GRACE event was held at Messina Hof winery in Grapevine this week to address meeting updates, share the message of GRACE, and of course, enjoy some fashionable finds over lunch with friends. GRACE Executive Director Shonda Schaefer spoke and extended her thanks to the countless hours of volunteer service the Women’s Division members have invested on behalf of GRACE families. The two notable causes the Women’s Division invests in are the Christmas Spirit campaign, which shows love to isolated seniors over the Christmas holiday, and the Back to School Campaign, which works to equip all elementary students for the new school year. Style & GRACE had the chance to showcase the stunning formal fashions for a fraction

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ONE-DAY CYBER GIVING EVENT A SUCCESS

Yesterday members of the community seized the opportunity to have their online donation maximized through North Texas Giving Day, an online giving campaign that amplifies individual gifts by a pool of $2.5 million in funds for charities across North Texas. We are grateful to the 153 donors who invested a record-breaking $33,200 in 2016! All the funds will be amplified soon when the final tallies are made by the Communities Foundation. The one-day cyber event boosts donations of $25 or more, making every dollar work harder to ensure the vital needs of each family in our community are met. We realize that your resources are precious, so we are truly grateful to those who have made such a meaningful investment in the lives of others. We promise to be wise stewards of the funds given, so more families can find hope during a troubling season. If you missed out on North

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TODAY IS THE DAY!

North Texas Giving Day is finally here—giving you the chance to make an even bigger impact with your online donation amplified from a pool of $2.5 million dollars! This one-day cyber event from 6 a.m. to midnight on Thursday, September 22 boosts donations of $25 or more so that every cent reaches its maximum potential to help families in need. $25 Provides one senior with commodities for a week $50 Provides one child with a new backpack and supplies for the new school year $100 Delivers diabetes treatment for a family’s sole wage earner for a week $300 Gives a home to a domestic violence victim and her children for a week We know that your resources are precious. With more than 82 cents of every dollar devoted directly to providing food, clothing, shelter and medical attention to struggling families, GRACE continually strives to be leading stewards of God’s blessings

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FACES OF GRACE: ANSWERING THE CALL

“Faces of GRACE” is an editorial series that highlights instrumental volunteers who offer their talents and resources to support families in need. The volunteers at reception are perhaps among the unsung heroes at GRACE.  Terry Meyers, Michele Pierce and Pat Gibson have loyally volunteered with answering calls, reassuring clients and performing clerical duties to ensure the office runs smoothly every day. Terry Meyers We asked Terry how she was introduced to GRACE, and here is what she said in her own words, “I started volunteering at GRACE shortly after my retirement in June of 2014. I knew I had to have a plan for what I’d do next had been praying that God would lead me where he wanted me to be. “I remembered the compassion that was shown me the day I brought all of my deceased husband’s belongings to the Donation Station. I was having a hard time

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HIGHLIGHT: THE THOMPSON GROUP AT CLASSIC CHEVROLET

The Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet has such a trademark reputation for community engagement, that their philanthropic business model and company culture are one in the same. As the Title Sponsor for the GRACE Gala for the ninth consecutive year, The Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet has been instrumental in the success of the GRACE Gala, GRACE’s primary funding event that sustains programs throughout the year. Classic Chevrolet’s involvement has extended beyond the Gala. Ken Thompson has instilled a spirit of giving with their employees through a generous Employee Giving Campaign, a legacy that began when owners Tom and Susan Durant matched each employee gift dollar for dollar. In 2012 a committee was formed by the employees to take the effort to the next level, which launched Classic’s Annual Golf Tournament. All proceeds from this year’s event fund nine charities, including GRACE. Proceeds have increased each year, raising a collective $1,257,148 thus

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MORE THAN A RESALE STORE

One of the incredible aspects of having multiple outlets to the community is witnessing the unique blessings that come with each venture. While the primary goal of our resale operations is to generate revenue that sustain programs throughout the year, the same core values that drive our programs permeate in all our endeavors, including our resale operations. The resale staff are cognizant ambassadors of GRACE who understand that engaging with the community begins with respecting their customers. The friendly mindset has become so contagious among the shoppers that many consider both GRACEful Buys locations and Style & GRACE their neighborhood store. “I don’t know how many times we hear people say what a blessing our store has been because of what wonderful items a customer has purchased of great value that they wouldn’t have been able to afford if not for GRACE,” says GRACEful Buys Euless Manager Larry Cervantes. The

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AMPLIFY YOUR ONLINE GIFT ONE DAY ONLY

In less than a week, you and your family will have the opportunity to join the thousands of North Texas residents who amplify their gift during a one-day online event! Each online donation of $25 or more made between 6 am and midnight on Thursday, September 22 will be multiplied by $2.5 million in bonus funds and prizes through NorthTexasGivingDay.com. What’s all the buzz about North Texas Giving Day, you might ask? Throughout the year a pool of funds are raised as an incentive for the North Texas community to invest in causes they care about most. The collected funds are then redistributed to organizations based on participation of their donors with online gifts. Giving on North Texas Giving Day is a timely way to make your dollar go a little further. As with all donations made to GRACE, every dollar is maximized to bring food, clothing, shelter and medical

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STACEY CHASE A SHINING STAR NOMINEE

GRACE is privileged to honor Stacey Chase as the 2016 Shining Star Nominee at next week’s Shining Star Luncheon. Stacey Chase is an outstanding volunteer and supporter of multiple charities in the community. She exudes a passion in various capacities meet the needs of others through volunteerism. Stacey and her husband Kevin have been instrumental to the GRACE Gala in many facets. Last year as the 2015 Gala Chairs, the duo generated record-breaking proceeds to fund programs. Stacey is also heavily invested the GRACE Food Pantry, where she has worked behind the scenes twice a week for several years. Stacey’s philanthropic involvement extends beyond GRACE, including United Way, the University of Texas scholarship endowment, and CASA, where she is a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Her heart for human trafficking victims has involved her with other ministries like We Are Cherished and Rescue Her. Although Stacey deserves all of the recognition in the world for

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GRACE CELEBRATES A HAPPY FISCAL NEW YEAR

It wouldn’t be a party without a “Shon-dunk” tank, BBQ and spirited décor. Last week the GRACE Board and Staff came together to celebrate the new fiscal year and reflect on God’s faithfulness thus far. GRACE Board President Don Johnston spoke on behalf of the Board and extended a particular thanks to the families of the staff members, who understand their loved ones’ role is more of a calling than a job. Most importantly, the time was well spent reflecting upon what matters most: being there for families in our neighborhoods and cities in desperate pursuit of hope. GRACE couldn’t open their doors a single day without the generosity of the community, so we thank you for allowing us to celebrate the new fiscal year strong, vibrant and eager to serve families in need. Here’s a quick look at GRACE Executive Director Shonda Schaefer in the “Shon-dunk” tank, who willingly

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