Another Successful Park Place Lexus Toy Drive Kick-Off In the Books!

Who needs a sleigh when you have the Brand-new Lexus NX? The GRACE Christmas Cottage Toy Drive kick off last night was a huge success! Beautiful lights warmed the showroom floor of Lexus Park Place, while the seasonal music and savory food warmed the hearts of each attendee. The Toy Drive allowed guests the opportunity to donate toys and gifts for the GRACE Christmas Cottage, grab a bite to eat, and sip on some fine holiday-themed cocktails, all whist getting an exclusive look and info on Lexus’s beautiful new model, the NX. Many donations were given to GRACE, including almost 500 gifts to kick off the Christmas Cottage season! The GRACE Christmas Cottage is GRACE’s annual event that allows clients to experience an exciting Christmas morning without over spending and placing themselves in a financial crisis. We all can remember a time when we spent more than budgeted on our

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November Pantry Needs!

Our Food Pantry inventory is low or out of many items, and we need your help! Providing good, wholesome food could be the most basic and most important service we offer our clients. Our Food Pantry serves as a grocery store and community hub for hundreds of our clients. When our community members need food or other goods, they know that they can rely on the friendly faces of the hard-working GRACE Pantry staff and volunteers. That’s why keeping the Pantry stocked with only the finest goods is crucial. Your contributions to our shelves and refrigerators directly impact families in our community so please, view our most current Pantry Needs List here and make an impact today.

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GRACE Community Clinic Needs

The GRACE Community Clinic is a Medical Home for uninsured families that do not have access to traditional health care. A dedicated staff of volunteer Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Pharmacists, translators, and clerical personnel provide services to our patients. To continue to serve our clients, the Community Clinic is looking for some help. We are in need of the following over the counter, adult medications to help treat those in need: Iron Tablets 65 mg (325 mg. Ferrous Sulfate) Fish Oil 1,000 mg. Colace Psyllium (soluble fiber) Probiotics Gas-X Prilosec Citrucel Nexium Omeprazole 20 mg. or 40 mg. Multi-Vitamins Women’s Men’s Lamisil Cream Clotrimazole Cream (Lotrimin) Mucinex Mucinex D Robitussin DM Vicks VapoRub Voltaren Cream/Gel Biofreeze Debrox Zaditor-Antihistamine Eye Drops Magnesium Melatonin Items can be dropped off or shipped to the following location: GRACE Food Pantry 837 E Walnut Street, Grapevine, TX 76051 Monday – Friday 9am –

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Sneak Peek at Gala LIVE!

With the GRACE Gala just a week away, all of our final plans are taking shape. We are at “near-sell-out” status. Eighty tables of ten are platted on the Irving Convention Center diagram, and more than 780 guests have already registered. Of course, GRACE Chief Executive Officer Shonda Schaefer always succeeds in fitting “a few more tables”, if needed (hint: http://www.gracegala.com to book and register your table/seats). One of our last tasks is to choose which items to include in our Live Auction. We try to limit the Live Auction portion of the program to just one hour—dancing (The Walton Stout Band) begins right after the auction. We limit our Live Auction to just 12 packages so we can hit the dancefloor! With dozens of excellent options, it’s a daunting task to determine the 12 to auction. All the others go to our Big Board Auction. And, of course, our

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Calling All Wine Connoisseurs!

GRACE has been blessed with two events celebrating fine wines in October. For wine connoisseurs, and all others seeking to enjoy a well-curated wine, this is a great time! Sommelier Clare Gillette and our good friends at Classic Wine are running a special “Shop for GRACE” promotion, now through October 29. Just visit Shop for GRACE, and order a case of wine to share with friends or family at your next gathering. While you’re on the Classic Wine site, please take a look at all the storage, cellar design, wine delivery, and other services Classic Wine is known for. Also, their wine club, Carpe Vinum, is the wine club curated with the wine collector in mind. And remember, you are getting great wine, and the proceeds will come straight back to GRACE to help those in need. Next, mark your calendars for Thursday, October 28. Randy Johnson and the staff

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Sharon Reynolds is GRACE 3Q MVP

Sharon Reynolds received the GRACE Most Valuable Player Award for the 2021 Third Quarter at the October meeting of the full GRACE staff. Sharon joined the GRACE staff in 2015 with the opening of the GRACEful Buys Store at 700 West Euless Boulevard in Euless. “Sharon is always smiling and always happy,” said Melissa Simpkins, GRACE Director of Administration and Assistance to the CEO. “She talks with customers and really cares about them. And it shows.” Sharon always has a positive attitude, Simpkins continued. She is very conscientious in organizing and cleaning the merchandise shelves, making the Euless GRACEful Buys store even more inviting for customers, and its one-of-a-kind merchandise easy to find. In the presentation of her MVP Award, Reynolds was recognized for exceptional customer service such as this, as well as her interdepartmental relations/teamwork and excellence in mission. Please drop by GRACEful Buys in Euless and congratulate Sharon

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AT&T’s Anne Chow Keynotes Southlake Style Event

The fifth annual Southlake Style Women’s Luncheon filled Legends Hall at The Marg in Southlake on October 8 with attendees seeking new perspectives on what it means to lead courageously. Congratulations to Nicole and Mike Tesoriero and their staff at Southlake Style magazine for another fantastic event. The luncheon raised nearly $7,000 to benefit GRACE Transitional Housing! Keynote speaker AT&T Business CEO Anne Chow provided superb insights into current and future trends in leadership. Each guest received a copy of Ms. Chow’s book, “The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias”. A panel of Southlake-based executives joined in the discussion with views on many diverse issues affecting the local area. The Women’s Luncheon was presented by Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake, a portion of admissions and all the proceeds of raffle tickets sales will be donated to the GRACE Transitional Housing program and to the MeSquared Cancer Foundation. A “Bellini Wall” greeted arriving

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GRACE Garden Work Day October 9

After crushing summer heat, it’s finally time to enjoy the great outdoors and what better way to do that than at the GRACE Community Garden! This Saturday is Early Fall Tending day. Participants will plant winter crops which do well in the fall weather. All produce harvested will go in the GRACE Food Pantry. Some of the other plots will be worked include some that were planted in spring and are now ready for harvest.   Garden Work Days are a great way to give back to the community and for those new to gardening, a wonderful opportunity to learn. Volunteers do not need to be gardeners—demonstration and teaching are part of the GRACE Garden experience. The Garden is supervised by volunteer certified master gardeners and maintained by trained volunteers, some who are clients and give back by working in the gardens. Ultimately, Garden volunteers find joy in planting, growing, and

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Family Game Night is Back!

Last Friday a tradition returned to GRACE! Past sessions of “Family Game Night”—a collaboration featuring the First Baptist Church of Grapevine, the Grapevine Police Department Community Outreach Center, and GRACE was a massive celebration of fun, food, and fellowship. Huge checkerboards hosted fierce competitions with plate-sized checkers and knee-high chess pieces. Toddler-sized inflatable bowling pins tumbled to beachball-sized bowling balls. Picnic table-after-picnic table sat moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles, extended families, and kids, kids, kids. Well, the kids rarely sat. Many times GRACE was the venue, but Family Game Night traveled to the Mustang Drive location of the Community Outreach Center, and the old GRACE Main at the foot of Scribner Street at Shady Brook so the families in the neighboring areas could enjoy the evening. Moms and dads got to know the representatives of the organizers a bit better, and the assistance available with each.

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Shonda Wins ‘Vette at Classic Chevrolet Tournament

To say “Good things happen to good people” pales in comparison to the situation. And Shonda Schaefer’s humbleness and sincerity would most certainly shun “Great things happen to great people”. In fact, she would say all those participating in the 10th Annual Classic Chevrolet Charity Golf Tournament on Wednesday were great and good people. And she would be right! So when Classic Chevrolet owners Susan and Tom Durant drew her raffle entry and awarded her a 2021 C8 Corvette, she would praise the Durant’s generosity, the hard work of Classic Chevrolet staff, and the support of all who made the tournament a rousing success. GRACE is one of eleven local charities supported by the tournament, and other Classic Chevrolet fundraisers throughout the year. The Durant’s have selected a variety of charities that combat poverty, hunger and homelessness, work with children and adults with disabilities, support military causes, and more. “Each

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