Category Archives: Charities

GRACE tours reveal space for partnerships, expanded services in Grapevine



GRACE revealed a sneak peek of its expanded facility Oct. 16. (Courtesy GRACE Grapevine)

GRACE volunteers conducted hard-hat tours of GRACE’s expanded facility with the public Oct. 16, revealing office spaces that will service as satellite offices for new partnerships.

GRACE, which stands for the Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange, is a nonprofit relief agency that provides food, clothing, financial assistance and other necessities to people who are struggling with a limited income or recent emergency.

Executive Director Shonda Schaefer said that while GRACE provides its direct services and can also refer clients for other needs, the new space at 837 E. Walnut St., Grapevine, will allow partnerships with organizations that specialize in assisting people in crisis situations.

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North Texas Giving Day September 20


Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day is an 18-hour online giving event on Thursday, September 20 (all day) designed to empower every person to give back to their community by supporting local nonprofits and causes they care about in one easy-to-use platform. The event helps build awareness and support for nonprofits like nothing else.

By donating to Keep Grapevine Beautiful, you’re helping us preserve and enhance the local and natural environment by strengthening citizen’s levels of commitment through educational programs and engaging volunteer- based projects.

Help us reach our goal of $2,000. Every dollar donated to us by North Texas Giving Day, goes directly back into Keeping Grapevine Beautiful! 

Schedule to donate starting September 10 at:

Battered and Beautiful hosts benefit concert August 8

Come celebrate one year of Battered and Beautiful at our first ever benefit concert!

Battered and Beautiful is a Grapevine-based nonprofit dedicated to empowering battered women and their families that operate under the Grapevine Chamber Foundation.

  • Extended Happy Hour from 6-10 PM
  • 30% of bottle sales will be donated to Battered and Beautiful
  • Featuring a live set from Ben & Julia, a local alternative band

We will have an ongoing raffle with prizes from local businesses, free food, and Battered and Beautiful merchandise available for purchase!

For more information, visit

Wednesday, August 8 at 6 PM – 10 PM

Sloan & Williams Winery: 401 S Main St, Grapevine, Texas 76051

Pearland Police and Fire send members into the boxing ring for charity

BoBWho will claim victory and bragging rights in Pearland during the Battle of the Badges? Pearland Police Officer Robert DaSilva (Blue Team) will face off with Pearland Firefighter Dale Loewen (Red Team).

Come out to the Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston on August 29 at 7:00 p.m. when these two civil servants meet in the ring for the annual Battle of the Badges charity-boxing event.

DaSilva is an 18-year veteran of the Pearland Police Department and is currently assigned to the Operations Division. Loewen has been with the Pearland Fire Department for the last four years and is currently assigned to Station 5.

Far from being strangers, DaSilva and Loewen team up every December to coordinate and star in the annual Toys for Tots charity basketball game in Pearland.

Don’t expect that goodwill to carry over to the ring, as both opponents have assured us it will be “all business.”

Come out and support these two hard-working City of Pearland employees as they fight it out for charity. Tickets in advance are $20 and $25 at the gate. Advance tickets can be purchased at all Associated Credit Union of Texas locations.

Funds raised during the event will benefit The Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Galveston, Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County and Children’s Center, Inc.

Associated Credit Union of Texas branches for advance ticket purchases:

  • Pearland Main: 6306 Broadway St., Pearland, TX 77581
  • Pearland Randalls: 10228 Broadway St., Pearland, TX 77584
  • Pearland Kroger: 3245 Broadway St., Pearland, TX 77581
  • League City Corporate: 1095 W. League City Parkway, League City, TX 77573
  • League City Main: 351 S. FM 270, League City, TX 77573
  • League City Kroger: 200 Gulf Freeway S., League City, TX 77573
  • Texas City Kroger: 3541 Palmer Hwy., Texas City, TX 77590
  • La Marque: 920 1st Street, La Marque, TX 77568
  • Santa Fe: 11934 FM 1764, Santa Fe, TX 77510
  • Alvin Kroger: 3100 Hwy. 35 S., Alvin, TX 77511

Pearland Lions Club 51-Gun Raffle June 27

This year, the Pearland Lions Club will donate $81,000 to local charities, including:

  • $38,000 in scholarships to the three local high schools
  • $25,000 to the Texas Lions Camp
  • Pearland ISD Angel Tree Program
  • Big Love
  • Vic Coppinger YMCA
  • Adult Reading Center
  • American Cancer Society
  • Brazoria County Children’s Advocacy
  • Brookside Fire Department
  • Christian Helping Hands
  • Lions Eye Bank
  • Lions World Services for the Blind
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Military Moms of Brazoria County
  • Pearland Neighborhood Center
  • Texas Sentinel’s Foundation
  • USO

Please help them in their quest to continue funding local, state, national and international charities by buying a ticket or ten for their annual 51-Gun Raffle to be held on Saturday, June 27. More information is below:

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Mental Health Matters Fundraiser to Feature Mattress Mack

1513170_747093288738363_1971978547261203301_nCounseling Connections for Change, Inc. is hosting Elizabeth McIngvale-Cegelski and Jim McIngvale as their featured speakers for the Mental Health Matters fundariser on May 14 at 6:00 p.m. at Reflection Bay Event Center, 12234 Shadow Creek Parkway.

For more information and tickets, click HERE.. They will share their compelling story of their family’s journey through years of battling severe mental illness, told from the viewpoints of both parent and child.

Elizabeth McIngvale-Cegelski, Ph.D., LMSW, was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) as a child. In an effort to help those living with OCD and other illnesses, McIngvale-Cegelski made it her life’s mission to ensure they receive treatment and to decrease the stigma that is associated with mental illness. She has earned both a master’s degree and a PhD in social work and is a licensed therapist. She is founder and president of the Peace of Mind Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises money for OCD support, advocacy, and education. She has appeared nationally on “Dr. Phil,” CNN, “Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” and “Inside Edition,” and was the first national spokesperson for the International OCD Foundation.

Jim McIngvale is a well-known Houston businessman with a Texas-style success story. He and his wife, Linda, started Gallery Furniture in 1981 with $5,000 and quickly turned it into a highly successful enterprise through innovative marketing. Three decades later, it remains one of the most iconic businesses in the Houston area. McIngvale’s strong work ethic is matched by his philanthropy and exceeded only by his commitment to his family.

Boys & Girls Harbor Announces Date for Annual Charity Golf Tournament

550c5558d30a8.imageBoys & Girls Harbor, a residential care program for at-risk children in Harris and the adjacent counties, will be holding their annual “Teeing Up FORE the Kids” Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, May 11, 2015 at South Shore Harbour Country Club, 4300 South Shore Boulevard, League City, TX 77573. Registration and lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. prior to a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start. The event will conclude with dinner and awards following tournament play.

After battling gale force winds in February 2013, and sub-freezing temperatures in March 2014, the Harbor’s Golf Committee checked the Farmer’s Almanac and selected Monday, May 11, 2015 as the best date for their 2015 tournament. In addition to offering significantly improved weather, the Harbor has moved this year’s event to South Shore Harbour Country Club to provide golfers with the opportunity to play at one of the five Canongate Texas private golf courses.

Tournament information is available on the Harbor’s website at Contact Richard Gruen, Director of Development & Communications, at (713) 688-6262, ext. 301 for sponsorship opportunities or to enter a team in the tournament.

Boys & Girls Harbor

Boys & Girls Harbor, Inc. has been providing quality residential care for over 67 years for children five to 18 years of age who are victims of abuse, neglect, abandonment, or family hardship. The Harbor provides each child with a safe, loving, family environment in a home setting. In addition to providing residential care, services also include The Harbor Academy charter school, athletics and team sports, and a working farm/FFA program. The Harbor is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and a Better Business Bureau Accredited

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Pancake Day in Pearland Raises Funds for Children

Shriners Fred Lemieux (L) and Carl Ellis (R) with IHOP Area Manager Todd Chraden, who holds a proclamation from Mayor Reid.

Shriners Fred Lemieux (L) and Carl Ellis (R) with IHOP Area Manager Todd Chraden, who holds a proclamation from Mayor Reid.

IHOP restaurants celebrated a “Decade of Giving” during the 10th National Pancake Day by giving away one short stack of buttermilk pancakes per dine-in guest.

IHOP also collected donations for charities such as Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and locally, Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Representatives from Shriners were at both Pearland IHOP locations from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. to answer questions and accept donations. IHOP is located at 3110 Silverlake Village Dr. in west Pearland and at 2829 Broadway St. on the east side.

“Shriners Hospitals for Children has a mission to provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment; provide for the education of physicians and other healthcare professionals; and conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families.

“This mission is carried out without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin or ability of a patient or family to pay,” according to the Shiners website.

For more information about National Pancake Day, visit To learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children, visit

Local Resident Represents Pearland in Mrs. Texas International Pageant

PetaPearland resident Dr. Peta-Gay Chen Ledbetter was recently selected from a pool of applicants to be Mrs. Pearland International 2015.

This contest is no typical pageant, however. Dr. Ledbetter was invited to apply for the title by the current Mrs. Texas International, Whitney Montgomery. Applicants are reviewed based on their morals, values, education and other humanitarian traits.

Dr. Ledbetter will compete in the Mrs. Texas International pageant in March in Garland, Tex. Should she take the crown, she would go on to compete for the Mrs. International title.

According to the website, the “Mrs. Texas International is open to married women age 21 to 56 as of July 1st of the competition year. We uplift women who want to excel in their lives and make a difference in their communities.  We celebrate your energy, commitment to marriage and family, and your desire to challenge yourself.

Contestants compete in 3 areas of competition:

Interviews (50% of score) will be conducted between 5 judges and contestant. Each contestant will have 5 minutes with each judge. No political or religious questions allowed. Each contestant will need to have a platform for which she will speak on during her year, if selected Mrs. Texas International. Dress for interview is business attire.

Each contestant will wear her own personal choice of evening gown (25% of score). Each contestant will be judged on grace, poise and elegance in evening wear. Husbands escort their wives in this segment of competition.

Each contestant will wear the state selected fitness wear (25% of score), designed specifically for the International pageant system. Each contestant will be judged on being physically fit, energetic, and healthy.”

Ledbetter’s chosen platform is women’s empowerment through helping and educating survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The beneficiary she has chosen is the Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC).

Ledbetter is seeking sponsors, which would get ads in the Mrs. Texas International program handed out to attendees and circulated among Texas communities. All proceeds gathered from sponsorships and fundraisers go to HAWC.

Ledbetter is also making herself available for appearances at local Pearland events. Each appearance will earn her (and Pearland) “community investment points,” which will help her chances to take the crown at the Mrs. Texas competition.

Sponsorships are available in many price ranges and levels. A “Good Luck” line is a personal encouragement from an individual or business that will be printed in the program. This costs $25 per line (up to 50 characters).

Larger sponsorships range from $70 for a business card sized ad to $500 for a full-page ad.

Ledbetter’s first fundraiser will be held on Friday Jan. 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Chloe Dao Boutique located at 6127 Kirby in Houston’s Rice Village.

For more information, to purchase a sponsorship or to request Dr. Ledbetter for an event, visit her Facebook page at She may also be reached via email at

For more information on the Mrs. Texas International pageant, visit

To learn more about Ledbetter’s beneficiary, HAWC, visit

Forms are also available below: