BECOME A GRACE ALLY AS A SPONSOR

GALA SPONSORSHIP Becoming a GRACE Gala Sponsor is more than a logo on a sign; it is a vital partnership that showcases a desire to see your community thrive. Individuals, families, local business, corporations and civic groups have the opportunity to highlight their support as Sponsors with an in-kind donation or monetary Sponsorship. In-kind Sponsorship All in-kind donations strengthen our Silent, Big Board and Live Auctions, which generate a great deal of funds the night of the Gala to support GRACE programs. Regardless of Gala attendance, everyone can view and place bids on the Silent Auction items prior to the event. In-kind Sponsorships grant a business the opportunity to offer a product or service that is unique to their identity on behalf of their brand. However, you don’t have to be a business to donate on behalf of your family or group. Past gifts have included airline miles, vacation stays and spa

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HUNGER IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK

To most of us, hunger is no more than a fleeting sensation. Three square meals are a nonnegotiable, and often we can snack on a whim without a second thought. True hunger only seems to exist on some dire spectrum in a far off place, certainly not in our neighborhoods. But if we dare to imagine a situation in which we lost nearly everything, including our livelihood, our home, our health and perhaps a family member we depended on, poverty ebbs closer to home. When we imagine having so little that select meals can become negotiable, we are identifying with the reality of families living in our midst—our cities and neighborhoods—struggling between necessities like rent, diapers, utilities and daycare. GRACE steps in to bridge the gap of needs in various ways, food being one of the pillars of our services. Feed Our Kids was established to provide nutritious meals during

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STYLE & GRACE CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS

GRACE is proud to celebrate five years of operation at Style & GRACE! The upscale resale boutique will continue to mark the occasion with half off everything in the store through this Saturday, June 11. The secret to Style & GRACE’s success it’s great deals, personal customer service and worthy cause. New customers become “regulars” once they discover the “VIP treatment” they receive with insider deals and special requests.  Customers are also overjoyed to find designer bags with the tags still on them and pristine jewelry to complete a chic outfit. Style & GRACE’s rotating jewelry section rivals what you can find at any department store at a fraction of the cost. The storewide savings even includes jewelry, which to a woman means twice the jewelry! Each day of operation at our resale stores, Donation Station, Food Pantry, Clothing Room, Transitional Housing, Clinic and other client services are made possible

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MOBILE PANTRY

GRACE is proud to start its second annual GRACE Grocery Giveaway, a mobile-pantry program that utilizes grain and produce donations received at the end of the week to be enjoyed over the weekend. Wholesome kitchen staples such as hearty grains, fruits and vegetables delivered to vulnerable neighborhoods in Grapevine each Friday from June 10 through August 19. Volunteers are needed to be on-site to load and unload food and prepare the produce for easy dispersal. The lunchtime shift generally lasts two hours from loading the truck to final departure of the site. If you are interested in volunteering from 11:30-1:30 on Fridays this summer with GRACE Grocery Giveaway you can sign up here.  

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NEW STORE LOCATION WELCOMES MANAGERS

Anyone who’s found a great deal at GRACEful Buys in Euless can tell you that it also has warmest staff in Mid Cities with exceptional customer service. GRACE is proud to welcome Larry Cervantes as Store Manager at GRACEful Buys Euless and the addition of Assistant Manager Mark Headley. Cervantes comes to us with a seasoned background in Management, Human Relations and retail experience. Before coming to GRACE, Cervantes served alongside Mid Cities Pregnancy Center in various capacities, most recently as the Site Manager for their Irving location. His undeniable passion for volunteerism, acumen in organizational management and encouraging spirit create a phenomenally-friendly shopping environment at GRACEful Buys Euless. Headley’s unique background as Transportation Supervisor in the construction industry and for special needs children reflects his logistical abilities and compassion for others. Headley has recently worked in the education sector and has years of tactical experience as manager of production

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SUMMER KICKS OFF WITH FEED OUR KIDS!

Nothing says summer more than pizza, snow cones, laughter and sunshine, all of which can be found at Feed Our Kids, GRACE’s summer lunch program. Partnering with Feed Our Kids is ideal for local businesses, civic groups and churches to invest in the community in an engaging way. For as little as $2 per child, businesses can commit to adopting a day or workweek as meal hosts. Groups also have the option of sponsoring the meals for other groups to host. “Each of the estimated 37,000 meals served this summer means security for a child vulnerable to hunger that day,” says Seasonal Program Coordinator Lori Stevens, “Partnerships with local businesses and restaurants are crucial elements that afford us the ability to provide for each and every child in need.” Depending on the site and type of meal, the average cost each day ranges between $100 and $500 to feed between

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO ATTEND THE GALA TO WIN!

Our community stepped up to the plate this year with three incredible raffle prizes! The winner will be announced during the GRACE Gala on October 22, but you don’t have to be present to win. Tickets are $50 each or a bundle of five for $200. Ticket holders have the option of choosing between one of three tempting prize packages that’s sure to float everyone’s boat. Speaking of boats, one winner gets to bask under the sun at a lakeside vacation home for up to twelve guests! The winner will have use of a 2016 Classic Chevrolet Suburban along with an impressive YETI package for keeps. Our friends are also making a big splash over at Kubota Tractor Corporation, which recently moved their headquarters to Grapevine. This top-of-the-line RTV-X900 Utility Vehicle boasts the rugged horsepower and quick precision their vehicles are known for. If fine jewels are your treasure, look

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE THIS SUMMER

Looking for a way to serve this summer? With so many programs at GRACE, there is always a way to meet the needs of families through serving! Bi-monthly volunteer orientations are held to share the exciting ways to team up with GRACE by investing your time and talents. Each orientation lasts an hour or less. The next orientation dates will be on July 14 and July 28 at 3:00 p.m. for new volunteers and 4:00 p.m. for those fulfilling Community Service Restitution. Serve at Feed Our Kids! There are limited slots available for families and groups to sponsor. The number of meals range from 80-200 depending on site, and groups are encouraged to bring games and additional goodies as an optional choice. Feed Our Kids launches June 6 and runs each weekday until August 15. GRACE Grocery Giveaway GRACE Grocery Giveaway utilizes excess food donated near the end of the week to be enjoyed

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POSTAL SERVICE STAMPS OUT HUNGER

The Grapevine Postal Service delivered more than our mail at the Food Pantry last month. Volunteers and postal workers collected bags of groceries as part of a national campaign to Stamp Out Hunger. Empty bags were left at homes to be filled with food to go to the GRACE Food pantry. The total of each bag of groceries from your doorsteps weighed more than an elephant—that’s 6,186 pounds of food collected on behalf of those in need! Rather than being shipped to some regional distribution center miles away all the food collected by the community goes back to homes in their neighborhoods and cities. During the month of May, the GRACE Food Pantry was able to give an estimated $38,000 worth of produce and kitchen staples such as milk, eggs, bread and meat to families in need. Every can of food or gallon of milk this community collects gives nourishment,

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GIFTING PARTY ALBUM IS LIVE

Check out the beautiful images taken at this year’s GRACE Gala Gifting party! A special thanks to the talented Sarah Ware of Sarah Ware Photography for capturing the warmth of the GRACE family. If you weren’t able to attend and would still like to participate, the Gala Auction Committee is accepting in-kind gifts until October. The types of gifts are only limited to your imagination, but some examples might include: airline miles, tickets to concerts or sporting events, unique experiences, vacation stays and spa packages. In-kind donations are an important element of the GRACE Gala, which generates program funding throughout the year to provide food, clothing, shelter and medical attention to families facing crisis in the community. Check out the album on our Facebook page here. Download the In-Kind Auction Donor form here  

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