ONLY SEVEN DAYS TO GO!

With only a few teams left now is the time to register for Drive Into the Night as an individual player or foursome team. Player spots are $250 each or a team of four for $750. The event takes place at the Grapevine Golf Course on Friday, April 22. The event includes 9 holes of night golf, BBQ dinner, ale from Grapevine Craft Brewery, swag bags, contests, and a chance to win impressive raffle and auction prizes! Drive Into the Night has allowed us to continue vital funding to our children’s programs, Feed Our Kids and Christmas Cottage, which provide new toys during the holiday season and meals for at-risk children during the summer months. These programs rely on support through events like Drive Into the Night, GRACE’s second-largest fund raiser. Participating in Drive Into the Night requires no pro skills—just a readiness to enjoy some lighthearted competition for this

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ROTARY CLUB POURS OUT BLESSINGS TO GRACE GARDENS

The Grapevine Rotary Club donated two new water barrels outfitted for the GRACE Community Gardens. The water reservoir catches rainwater from the roof to cut watering costs and aide the volunteer gardeners working during the hot summer months. The barrels are especially convenient during drought-like conditions as an eco-friendly option to keep composts moist and plants flourishing. The Rotary Club, whose motto is, “service above self” is an accurate reflection of the character of its members. As the first service club organization, volunteering one’s time and talent is the hallmark of its existence. The Grapevine Rotary meets every Wednesday at the noon at the Lancaster Theater. Thanks for helping us be wise stewards of our resources and for providing ongoing care to our Community Gardens!

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2016 GALA BUS TOUR

Gala Co-Chairs Ashley and Andrew Cunningham hosted this year’s Gala Committee Bus Tour – an important event that inspires the true purpose for the Gala: to ensure that every local family in need receives shelter, food, clothing, and medical care. The group visited the storefront of the Food Pantry, which is intentionally arranged to feel like a grocery store. The heart behind this shopper-select approach is to preserve the clients’ dignity and relay budgeting skills. The Committee also got a behind-the-scenes look at the back of the Food Pantry, a meticulous storehouse that requires regular maintenance, inventory (and plenty of volunteers!) The Gala Committee walked over to the nearby Community Clinic, which you really have to see to believe. The team was informed of the expanse of medical services the Gala proceeds have afforded the Clinic, as well as preventative education classes such as smoking cessation, nutrition and pre-diabetes care.

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GRACE’S SUPERHEROES

When families are in distress in our community, you won’t spot a figure swooshing from the sky with a cape and mutant superpower. You won’t hear the roaring engine of a batmobile or spot a vigilante swinging from building to building. When a family is in distress, a true superhero comes quietly through the backdoor wearing an apron, clinic lab coat or work boots. A true superhero stands attentively for customers, sits patiently behind a desk and offers a lending hand to a client in need. To the volunteers who were able to celebrate with us this morning during our Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast and those who were unable to attend, we hope you know how precious you are to the work at hand. We could never extend our gratitude far enough or give enough accolades for the work that you do, although we know that’s not the reason you serve.

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A MISSION OF GRACE

We’re so honored to have a team of people committed to sharing God’s love on a daily basis at GRACE and with their personal time and resources. GRACE Resale Director David Mowers is currently serving a short term mission trip in Haiti. Here we see David sporting his GRACE shirt while assembling hygiene kits to go to a local Haitian hospital. The team is also doing some remodeling to the church’s mission center and bringing much-needed supplies to that area. The team from Horizons Church in The Colony left on April 2 and plan to return on April 9. Please continue to pray for the duration of their trip that the seeds planted reach a full harvest in the hearts and minds of the Haitian people! How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who

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DRIVE INTO THE NIGHT TEAMS AVAILABLE

If your civic group members or colleagues have not had the chance to participate in GRACE’s Drive Into the Night glow golf tournament, we don’t want you to miss out another year! This morale boosting event promises delicious food, craft beer, lighthearted competition and raffle prizes all while glowing under a navy star-studded sky. A team of four gets you a glowing golf cart and a 9-hole course. Competitive souls can feast on mulligans and acclaimed contests, and the rest can enjoy a laid-back, moonlit tee off with only the glow of the ball as their guide. All event proceeds sustain GRACE’s children’s programs like Christmas Cottage, which supplies over 1,600 at-risk children and 2,700 family members with new, unwrapped Christmas toys. Feed Our Kids, GRACE’s summer program, delivers an average of 38,000 meals to at-risk children during the summer months. A team of four is $750, and the price

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24/7/365

“24 Hours of GRACE” is a critical window each year when individuals are beckoned to give a portion of their blessings on behalf of local families facing crisis. The online giving campaign was conceived to save the postage costs for a traditional direct mail campaign, making it not only cost-effective but easier to share across various mediums and forwarding the message of GRACE to loved ones. If you didn’t have the opportunity to participate in Tuesday’s “24 Hours of GRACE”, we are short on our annual giving goal. To ensure that our vital programs continue to thrive into 2017, more individuals are needed to bridge the gap between a family in the midst of hardship and the tools to make lasting change in homes across Greater Northeast Tarrant County. Spring marks the agency’s sparsest giving period, but the need is continual—24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a

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FEED OUR KIDS SHIFTS AVAILABLE

This summer we plan to provide tens of thousands of lunches at near sites where children are most vulnerable to food insecurity—but we need your help! The heart behind Feed Our Kids is to ensure each child has a lunch time while school is not in session. The sad reality is that children who take part in free and reduced school lunches face a greater risk of eating less while school is not in session. Many parents are either unable to take time off from stringent hourly shifts or a recent emergency has forced them to make difficult decisions between necessities. Feed Our Kids alleviates that burden to ensure that each child in the surrounding area receives a nutritious meal while they are not in school. Feed Our Kids Spring Break is a condensed week of meals, which provided nearly 700 meals in 2016! If you’ve never been part of Feed

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RUN FOR FAMILIES THIS APRIL

Here’s a weekend event your family can enjoy together and support local families in distress. Join us for Altrusa International of DFW, Inc’s fifth annual RUN IN THE PARK 5K/1MI on Saturday, April 16. Hosted at Bicentennial Park in Southlake, the race provides support for the service organization for programs like Feed Our Kids, where the service club sponsors a week of meals each summer. The pet-friendly event boasts a 5k USATF certified course and a 1k course perfect for young families. The run will include some high-caliber guests, including a performance by Miss Teen Southlake Madison Zandt, Miss Southlake Holly Morgan and Colby Lowe, local track star legend and U.S. Olympic marathon contender.  Internationally-known speaker Rick Kolster will be the event’s emcee again this year. This year runners are encouraged to bring their pooch in costume for the Best Dog Costume and Best Dog Trick awards. The event includes

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SCOUTING FOR FOOD

If there’s anything better than the camping trips, expeditions or pinewood derbies it’s the sense of generosity and strong moral character that being a boy scout gives to a young man. Along with family and friends, Cub Scout pack 850 of Holy Trinity Catholic School collected nearly 1,000 items of food to replenish our Food Pantry! Approximately 40 scouts and family members went door to door over a three-hour period sharing their objective with friends and neighbors: to ask those who had been blessed with an abundance of food to help fill the cupboards of families in distress through the Food Pantry. “This exercise teaches our scouts that scouting is not just about camping, selling popcorn, pinewood derbies and knot tying,” said Cubmaster David Emmet. “Scouting helps teach good citizenship, healthy life choices, and most importantly, service to others. Our scouts really get to see their fruits of the labor

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