GRACE Announces 2023 Gala Co-Chairs

GRACE would like to introduce the 2023 GRACE Gala Co-Chairs, Madeline and David Ricci! GRACE is thrilled to embark on this year’s planning adventure with two spectacular Co-Chairs!

David is originally from Milwaukee, Wi. and Madeline from Miami Fl. and have been married for 22 years. They have two daughters, Amber and Nina. Together they decided to embark on a journey that neither of them could have dreamed of.

They spent a combined 50 years in Corporate America. David held senior leadership roles for several Fortune 500 companies. Madeline spent eighteen years in management roles at Associate Financial Services where she became a thought leader on customer experience.

When the stock market crashed in 2008, the Ricci’s decided to start embarking on their own businesses, the first being Bilingual Notary Network (BNN Services). BNN Services is a national signing company that relies on cutting-edge technology, integration capabilities, problem solving, and providing an excellent customer experience to support the mortgage, banking, and Title insurance and legal industries and their clients.

The Ricci’s also opened many other businesses including the Hook Fitness Center/ Vitality Booth. The Hook Fitness Center believes that every woman has the right and the ability to define, develop and become empowered through fitness whereas the Vitality Booth is a proprietary patent-pending wellness booth that incorporates halotherapy, red light therapy, oxygen concentration and a negative ion immersion all stacked together in a 20- minute session. They are also Area Partners in DFW for beem Light Sauna, an innovative infrared light therapy studios providing members with a multi-faceted approach to health. They look to bring the first studio to Texas by the end of 2nd Quarter 2023. They also are Area Developers in Tarrant and Dallas County for The DRIPBaR an IV infusion concept that starts at the cellular level. Lastly, the Ricci’s are sought after experts in mentoring and coaching first time entrepreneurs to grow and scale their businesses under the brand Trustedpreneurs.

David and Madeline bring so much more to the GALA Co-Chair position than their business savvy. They both believe in having a servant’s heart and are always willing to give back to the community any chance they get. Madeline and David are big GRACE advocates, supporting and volunteering at various GRACE programs including, the GRACE Community Clinic, Transitional Housing Christmas Cottage, and the GRACE Gala. They also sponsor a scholarship for Holy Trinity Catholic School. Additionally, they support Feeding America and Operation Underground Railroad working to end Human Trafficking and have donated to many other organizations in the community.

“David and I genuinely love to serve people,” said Madeline. It is why we are such a great team. Servant leadership is our love language. We are not afraid to roll up our sleeves and do what’s best for the community.”

GRACE is so excited to welcome Madeline and David Ricci as this year’s GRACE Gala co-chairs. For more information on how you can be involved in this year’s Gala, please reach out to our Special Events Manager at Events@GRACEGrapevine.org.

A Heart-Warming Client Message for a Cold Week

Our donors and volunteers often give their time, resources, and financial support to the GRACE mission without getting to see first hand the effects it has on our clients. With clients’ privacy as a high priority, this is understood to be the standard.

However, when we do receive heart-warming messages back from clients, we want to share them with those who made it all happen.

Recently, one of the Christmas Cottage clients reached out to share the following message:

Thank you for the help and support you have provided during these tough times that my family and I have gone through. If not for this program, I am not sure what we would have done. 

We would’ve definitely been evicted. We would’ve definitely been without electricity for a bit. And, we would’ve definitely had a much more somber Christmas. 

When Jamé told me about the cottage, I didn’t think much about it. In fact, I thought it was a “cool idea,” but I had my reservations and actually thought I wouldn’t go to it. She said it was a really good program. I took that with a grain of salt. People’s opinions can sometime be… fickle. I mean, who REALLY has the answer to the all-time great question: In-N-Out or Whataburger? 

“The toys are probably not all that great… I don’t have time to do it…” and the list of excuses kept going on and on in my head. Essentially, I didn’t want to get my hopes up to be dashed… we’ve been in a season of “dashing” and I simply did not want to add to the pile. 

With all that in mind, I am so glad that I listened to Jamé and not my own thoughts. 

“Wow” is the proper way to describe the experience we had at the cottage. From the volunteers who were so patient with us, the TOP-NOTCH selection of toys/gifts, right down to batteries for electronics, the experience was amazing. The toys were brand new. Modern. Not a Raggedy Ann doll with the eye button falling off. There was a Lego “island!!!” 

The cottage was perfect. Beyond what we were thinking. Beyond what we imagined. 

Besides “wow,” the best way to describe it would be to imagine the old Toys’R’Us commercials, where the kids run into the store and grab all the toys they want and leave with a cart full of the newest toys… that was my wife and I. We left with BAGS of gifts for our kids. So much, that we actually felt bad for the amount we were taking… the volunteers had to reassure us that there was more in the back a couple times 🙂

Gifts and presents are not the reason for the season. It’s a time to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior; however, I believe that gifts and presents are some of the tangible ways to express our Lord’s love, especially to the kids (and their parents who want to give them all of those things). 

Thank you so much, Jamé and Grace, for being the hands and feet of Jesus. What you all do is not simply “work,” but a purpose and we greatly appreciate what you all do. 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Welcome to GRACE Volunteer Corner!

Good February 4th everyone. I hope you are staying warm, especially having another cold snowy, and Icy week!

Here at GRACE we truly appreciate our volunteers and the hard work they do for us. With that, we are going to start doing a weekly update to all GRACE supporters; spotlighting volunteer opportunities and our hard-working volunteers. Volunteering at GRACE is a great way to get involved in this beloved community. We have many opportunities for you to do so, and we want to make sure everyone knows what GRACE needs, what the opportunities are, what the qualifications are, and how to sign up for volunteering.

Upcoming Volunteer Orientations

The first step in being a GRACE volunteer is to get oriented with us! Through the volunteer orientation, individuals will have an opportunity to learn more about the GRACE organization, mission, and culture (something in that volunteers play a very important role in). Another perk about the orientation is that individuals will learn about the many volunteer opportunities that GRACE has to offer. We also offer a Community Service Restitution (CSR) Volunteer Orientation for anyone that needs court-appointed hours. The next CSR volunteer orientation will be held via zoom using this link, and the next Volunteer Orientation will be held at GRACE main at 4 pm on Tuesday, February 14th in GRACE Community Room B. For future reference (if you can’t make either of those) please contact Volunteer Manager, Ryan Jackson, for an orientation at your convenience. We can’t wait to see you there!

I have taken the orientation. Now What?

After your orientation, you will receive a follow-up email with details on your next steps to volunteer. A signup genius will be linked in the email with the Food Pantry, GRACEful Buys Resale Store, Donation Station, and the Community Gardens as volunteer opportunities. In the signup genius, volunteer shifts are organized by date. When you are ready, please find the date and time, and opportunity that you would like to volunteer for. When you sign up, please provide your first and last name, email, and phone. You will receive a confirmation email and a reminder notification 2 days before your volunteer shift. A volunteer application will also be attached to the email as well. Please fill it out and send it back to Ryan, at Volunteer@GRACEGrapevine.org at your earliest convenience. Please note that if you want to volunteer in any area that requires being around GRACE clients, you must submit a background check form that Ryan will send out upon request. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a trusted guardian during any GRACE volunteer activity.

Where does GRACE need your help right now?

The GRACEful Buys Resale Store is an excellent way to get involved with GRACE! Located in both Grapevine and Euless, The Resale store funds a large portion of the GRACE annual budget with all proceeds going back to GRACE programs. At GRACEful Buys, volunteers have a chance to help accept, price, and distribute donations across the store, all while giving our customers the best customer service you can only find right here in Grapevine. GRACEful Buys Grapevine Manager, Sandy Laquey, loves each and every volunteer and has many different projects and tasks for all ages. If you haven’t volunteered at GRACEful Buys, this is the perfect time to sign up for a shift here now!

Do you have a group that wants to volunteer or a business?

For any groups who want to volunteer or do a group project, please reach out to Ryan to schedule a time to meet and discuss the event or project that is taking place. GRACE has multiple projects that need to be accomplished to fulfill our mission and volunteers and groups help out with this in so many ways.

Volunteer Highlight

Last week, as part of their volunteer day Paycom’s Production Department came to GRACE and volunteered in the Food Pantry. While volunteering, they were pleased to learn about the many families and individuals that GRACE’s Food Pantry serves and offered to do a Food Donation Drive for GRACE later this year. “We had tons of fun,” said Paycom’s Production Management Admin Assistant, Ka’Tavia West. We helped to sort, price, and shelve over 200 food items in 4 hours. We are definitely coming back!”

Thank you so much Paycom for coming out and serving alongside GRACE as we help to give back to our amazing community.

Where to go for any questions!

For more information on how you can be a part of the GRACE volunteer experience, please reach out to Ryan Jackson, at Volunteer@GRACEGrapevine.org, or 817.305.4655. We would love to have you here with us!

UPDATE: Inclement Weather Hours

Due to inclement weather conditions, all GRACE locations will reopen at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 3rd.

To stay up to date on all future changes, please visit our social media pages. Updates will be posted on our Facebook and Instagram.

For emergency assistance or food, please call 817.602.1204.

Thank you for your patience, and we are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Stay safe and warm!

UPDATE: Inclement Weather Hours

Due to inclement weather conditions, all GRACE locations will be closed Tuesday, January 31 – February 2nd. To ensure the safety of our staff and volunteers, weather will continue to be monitored throughout the end of the week.

To stay up to date on all future changes, please visit our social media pages. Updates will be posted on our Facebook and Instagram.

For emergency assistance or food, please call 817.602.1204.

Thank you for your patience, and we are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Stay safe and warm!

Introducing Your 2023 GRACE Poker Sponsors!

The fifth annual GRACE Poker tournament is only a week away and what better way to get our cards ready for the special event than by introducing our fabulous Poker Sponsors.

Starting with our Jack of Clubs Sponsor, we have two who are no strangers to GRACE. First, we have the Jason Ridley Agency.  Along with chairing the most recent GRACE Gala, the Ridley’s have become incredible GRACE supporters. Their continuous effort of not only monetarily giving back but also through volunteerism has led them to become strong advocates for GRACE. The Jason Ridley Agency is also active throughout the community as well. With over 100 years of combined industry experience, the Agency sets forth to develop a long-lasting relationship with each client, one that you can only find right here in Northeast Tarrant County. Our second Jack of Clubs sponsor is Johnny and Laura Campanello.  The Campanello’s are once again coming to the GRACE Poker Tournament as sponsors. Their generosity and support for the community along with their incredible passion for helping individuals and families financially is second to none. Returning alongside the high school sweethearts is their son Bryan Campanello, a professional poker player, who offers some of the best advice to players throughout the evening.

At our Queen of Diamonds sponsorships, we have Alford Media and the Netzer Family Charitable Foundation. Alford Media of course is a long-time GRACE supporter, helping with events such as GRACE’s Designer Bags & Bingo and the GRACE Gala. Along with their work at GRACE, Alford hosts their annual Chili Cook-off with proceeds going to local nonprofits. This gives them a chance to interact with the community as well as taste some delicious chili. Alford understands that true success comes from an outpouring of good deeds toward the community, and since its establishment in 2001, they have always found ways to serve its community.

Founded by Jeff Netzer in 2018, The Netzer Family Charitable Foundation offers grants and financial support for education, human services, healthcare, and arts and cultural development. This started as a way to provide support to programs focused on stomach cancer awareness and critical cancer research- a cause with close ties to the family after the passing of Netzer’s wife, Candace. Jeff is an active Board member of GRACE, something that he holds special in his heart as he continues to honor his wife’s legacy.

Last but certainly not least, we would like to introduce the King of Hearts Sponsor, BoomerJack’s. Serving the community is something that BoomerJack’s has been doing since its launch in 2001. Owner Brent Tipps and his wife Kimberly have graced the community with their generosity throughout many GRACE programs. From chairing the 2019 GRACE Gala to their donations for the Feed Our Kids Program at all Boomerjack’s locations, you can count on the Tipps to always play their cards right when serving the community.

These wonderful sponsors are excited to get the party started at GRACE’s annual Poker tournament, and we cannot thank them enough for their continuous dedication towards GRACE and its programs.

There is still time left to join us if you would like to play in this year’s GRACE Poker Tournament! Buy-Ins start at $1, 000 with limited seats available. For more information on how you can secure your seat, please visit our Poker Tournament website here.