We were blown away by the dedication and generosity of our volunteers and guests who made this one of the best GRACE Galas yet! Hundreds of you filled the Irving Convention Center ballroom to fund the life-changing programs at GRACE throughout the year.

The night began with a special art performance by renowned Christian speed painter Lance Brown, whose mission is to “spread the Gospel with paint.” The colorblind artist spun his abstract painting to reveal a detailed likeness of Jesus’ profile.

NBC 5’s four-o’clock Anchor Bianca Castro welcomed the guests as the evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies. Dr. Todd Renner of White’s Chapel United Methodist Church began the evening with an invocation.

The team at Alford Media outdid themselves again this year by dressing the stage with dramatic gold and maroon drapery, and setting up laser lights and confetti for the celebration. Auction items were showcased on multiple digital screens for mobile bidding, a service that was back by popular demand.

Guests marveled at an impromptu performance by legendary guest Sir Earl Toon of Kool and the Gang, the kings of R&B funk. Guests also had the chance for their own big-screen moment on the social media waterfall by posting event photos with #GRACEGala.

Perhaps the most meaningful part of the evening was hearing from GRACE clients, who had the opportunity to personally thank Gala on behalf of the 5,100 family members who are touched on average each year.

The 2016 Angel of GRACE Award was presented to Berkeys Air Conditioning, Plumbing, and Electrical for their dedication to stewardship and compassion.

Long after the lights were turned off and the doors were locked, the funds raised last Saturday will continue to restore light to families in need of hope.On behalf of the Gala Co-Chairs, Gala Committee, GRACE Board and Staff, thank you entrusting GRACE with the tremendous honor of serving families in need.