AN EASIER WAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

United Way of Tarrant County is making it easier for employees to make a difference through their charitable workplace designation. Effective immediately, United Way of Tarrant County takes no fees on donor designations. That’s right, 100% of all donations designated through employee charitable campaigns go directly to the charity selected. What that means for you is if you are employed at a business that hosts a United Way giving campaign, nothing is withheld from the donation you designate to a United Way agency, including a donation to GRACE. United Way is an affiliation that strategically partners with select organizations that target the root causes of societal issues and reinvests into local solutions. United Way also monitors their affiliates to ensure the funds are properly stewarded and reflect positive, measurable outcomes.  

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MARTA LASSAN RECEIVES MVP AWARD

The GRACE MVP Award winner is nominated based on exceptional customer service, outstanding attitude, innovative thinking, interdepartmental collaboration, teamwork, and excellence in mission. Marta encompasses all the criteria of this award. As the Assistant Manager at Donation Station, Marta is often one of the first people the majority of corporate, civic and faith-based groups come in contact with at GRACE as volunteers. Not only is Donation Station a touch point for many donors, it is a bustling warehouse where virtually all item donations are sorted, processed and delivered for material assistance or resale merchandise. Such a place requires tenacious leadership, physical endurance and positive stamina, all for which Marta is so aptly fit in her role. A native of Hungary, Marta has made the United States her home for over 25 years. Prior to working for GRACE, Marta volunteered with Christmas Cottage, and at several campuses at Keller ISD. “I

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SHARE YOUR STORIES WITH GRACE ALL YEAR LONG

Last year Gala attendees had the unprecedented opportunity to see their real-time posts in a massive social media waterfall feed! Post your pre-event, dinner and dancing photos with #GRACEGala for a chance to make it to the big screen the night of the Gala and in a special online album after the event. We hope you will tag your friends to not only remember that you clean up nicely, but that you played a tremendous role in ensuring at-risk families in the community receive food, clothing, shelter, medical care and hope for a bright future. #GRACEGala isn’t the only hashtag that is trending; volunteers, staff and the entire community can always post their favorite moments with #GRACEGrapevine on Twitter and Facebook. Catalog your collection drives, third party events and group service projects on our page, so we can be sure to recognize your efforts. Some groups opt to place an

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ENJOY A GALA CUPCAKE THE MONTH OF OCTOBER

As if you needed another good reason to brake for cupcakes, for the month of October Gigi’s Cupcakes in Southlake is celebrating with GRACE with a specialty GRACE Gala cupcake! The proceeds from each delectable, red velvet cupcake will go to fund GRACE programs through the GRACE Gala. Each petite cake is topped with white cream cheese frosting, golden sprinkles and a custom white chocolate angel. The specialty cupcakes will be offered from Saturday, October 1 through Monday, October 31. Gigi’s Cupcakes made their big debut in the Southlake area this July, offering a variety of over 30 gourmet cupcakes each week baked fresh each day. If you’d like to place a large order, be sure to call ahead at 817-320-1902. Gigi’s Cupcakes is located at 1161 E Southlake Blvd #208 in Southlake.

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VIP PARTY PHOTOS ARE LIVE!

Check out these frame-worthy photos set before the beautiful backdrop of the Khan home. The VIP Party 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. A special thanks to the talented Sarah Ware of Sarah Ware Photography for capturing the beauty of the evening. View the complete album on our Facebook page, or find the direct link to view photos here.  

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FAMILY FOUNDATION FUNDS GRACE PROGRAMS

Our hearts our filled by the generosity the Janning family. The Janning Family Foundation was established to foster planned giving from generation to generation. Grantors Elizabeth and Jason Jennings explained that Jason’s father established the fund so that his children and grandchildren can embark on a journey to give to local causes that matter most to them. Once a family member reaches the age of 12, he or she becomes a stakeholder and contributes research and feedback on the organizations they wish to support. This year GRACE was awarded $10,000 to fund GRACE programs for local families. “We’re especially touched that this family is instilling intentional, personal giving at such a young age,” says Executive Director Shonda Schaefer. “What a unique legacy to know that your family gives the opportunity for another family to overcome obstacles and continue their own legacy.” Elizabeth Janning has volunteered behind the scenes at the

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THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE OPPORTUNITIES

The leaves are beginning to fall and we are holding our breath for the first crisp autumn day. As the official first week of fall has passed, there are already opportunities to make Thanksgiving memorable for families in a difficult season of their own. Last year, your generosity allowed GRACE to provide 492 Thanksgiving meals and 440 Christmas meals to families in the midst of hardship. To let that Thanksgiving statistic sink in, imagine hundreds of tables filled with grateful children and their parents who, despite some trials, are able to gather together and enjoy a warm turkey and the abundance of Thanksgiving trimmings families look forward to every year. Collecting holiday food is ideal project for church congregations and small groups, civic groups, service clubs and troops. There is a specific Holiday Needs List that is seasonal, and an ongoing Food Pantry List that is updated each month to reflect

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SIPS, SWEETS AND JEWELS WITH KENDRA SCOTT

If you are a sucker for gorgeous jewelry pieces, or know someone who is, we have a brilliant reason to treat yourself. On October 10 you are invited to celebrate with us for Kendra Scott’s Sips, Sweets and Jewels soirée, with 20% of the sales proceeds supporting GRACE programs. Think of this as precursor event, since Kendra Scott will be teaming up with GRACE again the night of the GRACE Gala for the ever-popular Jewelry Pull on October 22. Patrons have the chance to donate $50 and draw a stunning custom piece valued between $50-$200. There is no doubt the Jewelry Pull will sell out fast again, so be sure to stop by the Silent Auction area to claim your treasure. This event is just one jewel in Kendra’s crown. Kendra Scott has partnered with GRACE on numerous occasions, including the Park Place Lexus Christmas Toy Drive and the Grand Opening event

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NATIONAL CONVENTION COLLECTS RELIEF KITS FOR LOCAL FAMILIES

It’s always encouraging to know that people from across the nation have a heart for our local community. Our unique position as a desirable hot spot for conventions and other national functions allow guests to learn about this wonderful community and ways to serve together. ASEA asked their sales associates from around the country to donate hygiene items at their convention for their ASEA Advancing Life Foundations Have an Impact, Make a Difference Day. “We created this day to find ways to give back in the local communities,” said Chairman of the Board for ASEA KimMarie Larson. “We don’t need to go to a third world country or have millions of dollars to make an impact; we feel it is important for people to realize that we have needs in our own backyards.” ASEA also enlisted the help of the Gaylord Texan and Grapevine CVB to hit their goal of

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FOODIES REJOICE

Another Broken Egg Café, Southlake’s newest breakfast joint is giving us another delicious reason to enjoy gourmet omelets, eggs benedict and biscuit beignets. As a prelude to their Grand Opening, Another Broken Egg Café is extending the invitation for a friends and family event on Saturday, October 1 from 9am to 1pm for free breakfast. All voluntary tips and donations will be given to fund GRACE programs. Another Broken Egg Café was established in 1996 in a century-year old cottage in the historic parish of Mandeville, Louisiana. The unique spin on classic breakfast dishes has been a hit nationwide, boasting dozens of U.S. locations and two in the DFW Metroplex. We are excited to celebrate with Another Broken Egg Café and thank them in advance for allowing us as their guests on behalf of the clients we serve. To make an impact, be sure to make your reservation online for

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