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!

                   

NTX Giving Day Is TODAY

Each year giving supporters like you join us for the exciting online event North Texas Giving Day. Today, GRACE and thousands of other charities in this region are asking for your support.

As you know, GRACE embraces the philosophy that encouraging self-sufficiency will, in turn, strengthen families and help preserve neighborhoods and communities. It is only through your generosity that we are able to offer compassion and assistance to those who so desperately need it.

For many years now, GRACE has been witness to this cycle of families building and succeeding, only to be undercut by an illness, loss of a job, decreased work hours, car repair, accident, or some other incident that amounts to a devastating financial crisis for these families.

During North Texas Giving Day, your investment of $25, $50, or $100 or more will help us meet the needs of our community. 

As we launch our 36th year of service, we look back on our accomplishments, but we are also keenly aware of the work that lies before us. Last year we served more than 12,000 individuals. The pandemic drove thousands to seek help from GRACE for food, shelter, clothing, medical care—basic necessities of life. Instead of tapering off as the world transitioned back into normalcy, client numbers have only grown.

As the population of our area continues to grow and the potential for financial crises to strike those in the lower socio-economic echelon of that growth continues to threaten, funding from North Texas Giving Day helps ensure GRACE services and programs continue apace with the needs in the community.

Every $100, $500, or $1000 gift has the ability to make a life-changing transformation for a family in need. It’s your faithful partnership that allows us to extend GRACE to thousands in our community each year.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook so you can rally for GRACE. For more information about GRACE and North Texas Giving Day, contact Kristina Davis at 817-305-4651.

Donate Here Now: https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/organization/GRACEGrapevine

Clinic Offering Multiple Self-Care/Lifestyle Classes

The GRACE Community Clinic offers a variety of classes to ensure that our wonderful clients have the resources and skills to live healthy lives. Two new classes are focusing on a health-conscious lifestyle and self-care.

Night of Health is a new class here at GRACE that encompasses the many ways of staying healthy. From smaller portions of food to specific exercise routines, our clients are educated on how healthy choices can transform their lives.

Taught by Diabetic Educator, Antonio Miranda Ph.D., RD, LD, the goal of the class is to have a personal approach to the clients.

“I want this class to impact each client in the best way possible,” said Antonio. “I want them to come out of this feeling great and motivated so that they can inspire someone else.”

Night of Health will be held on the second Monday of each month starting October 10th.

Cooking Matters is a class through the Tarrant Area Food Bank which aims at providing a long-term solution to hunger and poor nutrition by demonstrating strategies to get the best nutrition possible on a limited budget.

This fantastic program went on a brief hiatus during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 but made its grand return early this past summer.

The course’s topics include such activities as, tips on grocery store visits, food budgeting, food prep, cooking and food safety, and much more. The participants will end the six weeks course with a celebratory final class and graduation ceremony.

Finally, in coordination with longtime GRACE volunteer Russ Lugo, GRACE is offering an ESL class for clients and community members.

“I’m thrilled to be able to teach this class,” said Russ.” There are so many people in the community who need it and now it’s here.”

The six-week ESL course started this week and will meet every Thursday going forward.

The GRACE Community Clinic is always looking for new classes and volunteers to assist them in providing the best service possible to our beloved community.

If you have any questions or want to be involved in the GRACE Community Clinic, please reach out to Shirley Roberts, at sroberts@GRACEGrapevine.org.

       

Colleyville Chamber Hosts Annual Golf Classic

The Colleyville Chamber hosted it’s 34th annual Golf Classic last week and we must say, it was a nice drive down the fairway!

The Colleyville Golf Classic is one of the community’s most beloved events for golfers, sponsors, and volunteers to connect with resources to grow their business while enjoying a nice day out at the golf course.

This year’s Golf Classic was held at Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club in Keller and drew in numerous individuals in the community including 128 golfers, 35 volunteers, and 27 sponsors, along with the event’s presenting sponsors, the City of Colleyville and Jason Ridley Agency.

Chelsea Rose, CEO and President of the Colleyville Chamber, showed her gratitude by thanking all of the sponsors, volunteers, and participants for their dedication to this year’s Golf Classic and remarking that “each year the Golf Classic continues to grow because of the outstanding folks in our community.”

The scenery at Sky Creek Ranch mixed with the mouthwatering breakfast and lunch meals served to the players, (which were graciously sponsored by Compass Church) made the day even better.

In addition to taking part in an event that genuinely gives back to the community in a classic manner, players and teams have the chance to win fantastic prizes.

The winners of this year’s competition received trophies from All About Recognition. A $50 Bear Creek gift card, a $50 Loveria gift card, two bottles of wine, an ICR Discovery Center ticket package, and a City of Colleyville tote bag were awarded to the winners of the longest drive and closest distance to the pin. The Aces Split raffle winner shared the cash prize with the chamber, and the winner of the putting competition received a staycation at the Westin Southlake with dinner and breakfast for two.

Chelsea and the Colleyville Chamber have many thanks to offer, but they especially want to thank Motive Marketing for making this wonderful video that perfectly captures the beautiful day at Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club. Click here to view.

We want to thank the Colleyville Chamber for putting on this fantastic event for the community to connect and serve. Activities like this show the passion that resides in our community.