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Annual Classic Golf Tournament is Here!

The 11th Annual Classic Chevrolet Charity Golf Tournament is October 5th and GRACE is honored to be one of the recipients of this year’s tournament once again.

For over a decade, the Classic Chevrolet staff have been wonderful supporters of GRACE and its programs. Classic has been the Presenting Sponsor of the GRACE Gala for 15 years. They have also been involved in The Christmas Cottage and toy drives that have benefited many families during the holidays.

This year, GRACE is one of thirteen local charities supported by the Golf Tournament. Classic Chevrolet Owners Susan and Tom Durant challenge their employees each year to “raise as much money as they [can] and to give back to this great community.”

For the Classic Chevrolet Charity Golf Tournament, a variety of charities are selected by the Durants that combat poverty, hunger, homelessness, children and adults with disabilities, and support military causes, among many others that serve the community faithfully. In return, Tom and Susan match 100% of all proceeds that are raised. To date, the couple and the employees of Classic Chevrolet have raised over $3.6 million.

Along with GRACE, other beneficiaries from the tournament include 6 Stones, Rise Adaptive Sports, Food for the Soul the Clubhouse for Special Needs, GallantFew, Ryan Siddique Scholarship Fund, Me Squared Cancer Foundation, Community Storehouse, The Salvage Yard, GCISD VAST program, Trinity High School, Chari-T2000, and ACT.

GRACE is truly blessed to have an impactful partnership with Classic Chevrolet Fleet & Commercial. Classic’s support for the community and their desire to assist in providing essential care for individuals and families is second to none.

You do not want to miss the friendly competition, food, fun, and more all on the beautiful drive down the fairway next week. Did we mention former NFL quarterback Babe Laufenberg will be the special guest?

For more information on how you can be a part of this amazing event, please click here.

NTX Giving Day – Thank You!

GRACE was first listed in Communities Foundation’s “North Texas Giving Day” role of agencies in 2012. And this past week, just like the ten years before, we were overwhelmed by the generosity of our community! We want to take a brief moment to thank all those who remembered us with a gift on NTXGD!

These past few years have been unlike any others. COVID, economic instability, and other woes have impacted us all. But we have faced them together and, together, we have provided food, medical care, housing, transportation, rent and utilities assistance, senior care, and children’s programming for tens of thousands of families in our community.

Our work continues as the number of clients coming to GRACE climbs every day. Because of you—our incredible community—our mission remains solid. Even facing doubling, and tripling, numbers of clients, our vow to God and to our community guides us to be competent stewards of the resources we have been given and compassionately provide care and assistance to those in need.

Your participation in North Texas Giving Day, or your direct gifts to GRACE, your volunteer service, your attendance at our special events, your best wishes, and your prayers—in all the many ways you support GRACE, we are able to meet each need that comes through our door and guide our clients to our ultimate outcome: self-sufficiency.

On their behalf, please accept our most heartfelt thanks.

GRACE Welcomes Angel Diaz to Donation Station

There are many friendly faces at GRACE’s Donation Station, and those dropping off needed items may have seen one of the friendliest, Angel Diaz! Prior to joining GRACE, Angel worked as a Lot Loader for The Home Depot, and a Packager for Hello Fresh.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Angel has always been a laid-back and hard-working person. Surrounding himself with family and discovering new things has created a sense of peace in his life, which he now applies to his professional life. After graduating high school, Angel moved from Chicago to Euless to be closer to his mother and to experience a new environment.

Working at GRACE’s Donation Station, Angel is known for being supportive, polite, and understanding. When he is not at the roundabout greeting donors and helping to unload donations from vehicles, he can be seen helping to sort or test electronic equipment.

“There are very few people like Angel,” noted Donation Station Manager, Dorcas Holloway. “He’s charming, hilarious, and best of all helpful, which makes for a great worker and leader here at D.S.”

When asked what stands out to him about the GRACE mission, Angel responded “Providing Assistance. There are many people out in the community that need that extra help, and no matter what part of GRACE you work in, we are always called to provide assistance to anyone in need.”

“We genuinely are a family at GRACE, and I adore working here,” said Angel. “Together, we work hard, have fun, and always have each other’s best interests in mind. I believe this is why I love the GRACE team so much.”

What many do not know about Angel is that he enjoys riding and watching trains. With the Donation Station a mere 20 yards away from the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, he becomes intrigued every time he sees a train go by. Angel also is interested in sports such as basketball and football and loves learning about new and healthy dishes that he can make in the comfort of his own home.

GRACE is so appreciative of Angel and his dedication to serving our community at the Donation Station. Donors understand that whenever they have something to donate, Angel is ready to help.

Welcome to the team, Angel.

GRACE Gala Raffles Dominican Republic

Enjoy a four-night stay for two in an ocean view room and Winspire booking & concierge service at The Westin Punta Cana Resort & Club in the beautiful Dominican Republic.

Located just two hours south of Miami and overflowing with unique history, one-of-a-kind destinations, and cultural experiences unlike any other, the Dominican Republic is a jewel of the Caribbean Sea.

Explore a museum, sample local delicacies, sample a cup of Dominican coffee, or enjoy a cigar as you spend each day surrounded by the vibrant culture of this beautiful country and each night soothed to sleep by the sound of the Caribbean Sea.

The Westin Punta Cana Resort & Club offers a full-service marina and a vast range of recreational activities and indulgent facilities including the La Cana Gold Club, the Six Senses Spa, and two of the best restaurants in Punta Cana – Brassa Grill, a beachfront restaurant that showcases American cuisine such as USDA Prime steaks, and Ananni Restaurant offering contemporary international cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Enter for a chance to win this luxurious escape! Click here to purchase your tickets now.

               

GRACE Welcomes New HR Coordinator

GRACE would like to introduce our new Human Resources Coordinator, Evelyn Burch!

Evelyn was raised in London, England, and has a long history of going on adventures. She is an avid traveler and urges everyone she meets to discover new things and places, as seen by her trips to Rome and her experiences in Frankfurt, Germany.

Evelyn began working for GRACE in May of 2022. When she assumed the position of HR Associate, she set out to build relationships with every staff member, volunteer, and community member involved at GRACE. Her outgoing nature combined with her enthusiasm for life has given her the skills to relate to everyone she meets.

Evelyn’s resume speaks volumes. Before joining GRACE, she served as the Staffing Manager at the University of Dallas, an HR Business Partner, and Corporate Recruiter for Lockheed Martin, and a member of The United States Air Force for nearly a decade.

When asked what she enjoyed most about working at GRACE, Evelyn responded, “I love welcoming every new face to GRACE. I enjoy making them feel special and reassuring them of the meaning of their position in our wonderful organization.”

Everyone in the office loves speaking with Evelyn, and according to GRACE’s Assistant to the CEO, Bethany Hardikar, Evelyn was “meant to be at GRACE.”

“Evelyn is welcoming, warm and friendly,” said Bethany. “She has a great sense of humor and is very dedicated to her job. I know it was meant to be that she came to GRACE.”

When asked what aspect of the GRACE mission particularly appeals to her, she responded, “Compassion for those who are less fortunate. Every one of us may occasionally encounter circumstances in which we need assistance, and that is what GRACE is all about.”

In her spare time, Evelyn enjoys being with her family, creating art, writing, and listening to music. She also loves spending time with her friends in the Air Force and their families. GRACE is so appreciative of her sacrifices and is thankful for her service.

Welcome to the team, Evelyn.

GRACE Gives Back at Grapefest

GRACE strongly believes in being a good steward of the community and in that, supporting our local cities’ activities, businesses, and community organizations.

The 36th annual Grapefest took place this past weekend, and we are happy to say that the GRACE staff was well-represented.

Grapefest included wine tastings, charcuterie workshops, a grape stomp, Champagne Cork Shoot-Off, music, art booths, food, and entertainment for the whole family.

GRACE Staff was eager to volunteer and interact with the community – especially while working the beer booth next to Mainstage.

Special Events Manager, Basha Ramsey, noted that “there are various opportunities for people to give back to their community. Grapefest is a fantastic way to network, volunteer, and meet new people at the same time.”

Everyone had a wonderful time, and we know GRACE and our community will be ready to do it again next year!