Category Archives: Fundraisers

Peace Officers’ Angels Foundation holding fundraisers to ease holiday worries for injured officers

POAF-LogoThe Peace Officers’ Angels Foundation (POAF) is holding fundraisers on December 6 and 7 to raise money for injured Peace Officers and their families who are located primarily in the North Texas area; however, the Foundation covers all 254 Texas counties.

“We are looking to help 20 – 25 injured Peace Officers and their families this year,” said POAF founder Maria Barreda-Alvarado. “In the past, we’ve had officers or members of their families tell us that what we were able to provide was the only ‘Christmas’ they had. Whether they use funds for their kids’ gifts, Christmas dinner, or to pay a bit on their medical bills, no donation is too small to make a big difference.”

Monetary donations and gift cards (Wal-Mart is a popular choice, as these stores are even generally located close to remote towns, where some Officers live) will be collected at the locations below. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Friday, December 6, 2019:

  • Gilligan’s Bar and Grill, 400 E. Abram, Arlington, 76010 (11am-2pm and 3pm-9pm)
  • Clay Cooley Mitsubishi, 1500 W. Interstate 20, Arlington, 76017 (8am-5pm)
  • Arlington Alliance for Children, 1320 W. Abram, Arlington 76013 (8am-5pm)
  • El Primo’s Mexican Grill & Cantina, 2300 Matlock Rd, Mansfield, 76063 (All Day)

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Saturday, December 7, 2019:

  • Grand Prairie Police Dept, 1525 Arkansas Lane, Grand Prairie, 75052 (8am-5pm)

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Please be aware that toys or other items cannot be accepted. Only monetary donations via cash, checks, credit cards and gift cards will be collected.

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Donations are also accepted via regular mail any time at: P.O. Box 121961, Arlington, TX 76012. To donate with a credit card, please visit POAF.org.

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THANK YOU in advance for your kindness and generosity. Peace Officers protect their communities. Let’s help them out!

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About POAF:

CorporalRickBarredaSticker-295x300POAF was founded by Maria Barreda-Alvarado, who lost her son, Cpl. Rick Barreda, on February 14, 1997 when a vehicle struck his motorcycle as he sat on the side of the road gauging speeds for the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Airport Police Department. Rick also served on the DFW SWAT team and, for a short time, for the DFW Fire Department.

POAF’s mission is, “To provide emotional support and short-term financial assistance to any Texas Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) following a serious or life changing line-of-duty injury. POAF’s success relies on strong community partnerships standing behind our peace officers and their families.”

“It is vitally important to keep that communication going with our injured officers so that they know that they are not forgotten. We want our injured officers to have that emotional support when they most need it,” said Barreda-Alvarado.

POAF provides services such as:

  • Spousal Support Groups for our LEO’s and their families
  • Peer Support Groups that will allow previous injured officers to come together to share their struggles, celebrate their successes and offer each other encouragement along their difficult journey towards healing and rehabilitation.
  • Assistance Program to help out with financial hardships
  • Public Awareness for the safety of our law enforcement

To learn more, visit POAF.org

Christians, Muslims, Jews Walk Together for Peace in Colleyville

PRESS RELEASE

downloadPeace Together, a Tarrant County interfaith organization, will be holding their second annual Peace Walk on Saturday November 2, 2019, 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm.

“I can think of no more important work than building bridges of understanding between my neighbors,” said Pastor Mike Dawson of First United Methodist Church Colleyville.

The Peace Walk will include participation from local Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and other communities who focus on and promote love and caring for their neighbors to the exclusion of hatred, bigotry, discrimination and intolerance.

Brother Sajid Shaikh from the Colleyville Masjid said, “The Peace Walk is a great opportunity to come together to share our thoughts and common bond, celebrate our diversity and honor our commitment to make a better society.”

Free parking will be provided by Good Shepherd Catholic Community, 1000 Tinker Road, Colleyville, TX. Opening ceremonies will be held at the Colleyville Masjid at 2:00 PM. The Peace Walk will follow an approximately 2.5 mile route to Congregation Beth Israel, also in Colleyville. Food vendors and music will be available at the end of the Walk, with closing ceremonies taking place at 4:30 PM.

“Our Peace Walk is about people connecting with people. We come from different backgrounds, different experiences, different perspectives, and when we meet each other and get to know one another we truly feel that connection,” said Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, of Congregation Beth Israel.

Over 400 people participated in 2018 and this year with the help of many participating organizations and the City of Colleyville, twice that number are anticipated.

All are welcome, and registration is free at peacetogetherwalk.eventbrite.com.

Peace Together is a nonprofit organization founded in 2017 whose mission is to show that hatred, bigotry, discrimination and intolerance can and should be replaced by the development of strong relationships among individuals, despite their different backgrounds, appearances and beliefs.

Peace Together announces 3-mile walk on November 2

Peace Together is an organization whose mission is to “Eliminate violence against all people and groups by building relationships and strengthening the community.”

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Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peace-together-community-walk-tickets-64759563598 to register

View the promotional video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QLz-oqIeIo.

CONTEST! Win a ticket to the 7th Annual KL Birthday Bash!

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Kathee Livengood was a successful Realtor but found the time to belong to, or support, almost every civic organization and “cause” in Grapevine. She was known as the Beer Diva for supervising the Chamber beer booths and she was the expert everyone went to for help with auctions.

She worked at every Main Street Days Festival and every GrapeFest until her death. Over the years, her passion for helping people was instrumental in raising thousands of dollars to assist the elderly and children through GRACE and the Women’s Division; people injured and disabled through the Joey Wilkins Foundation; and anyone who was touched by cancer by founding the Relay for Life event in Grapevine.

Kathee passed away in May of 2012, and several of her friends wanted to find a special way to honor her. She had no children and no close relatives to help preserve her legacy with a scholarship. The scholarship was designed to be different from the usual good grades, financial need type for college students.

The KL Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2013. The scholarship is awarded to women in the Greater Tarrant County area who are gaining educational skills to obtain employment and/or to improve their earning potential. This scholarship may be awarded to vocational schools, culinary institutes, beauty colleges, healthcare training facilities, trade schools, community colleges and/or 4-year universities.

The Grapevine Chamber of Commerce Foundation has provided us with a ticket to give away to one of our readers.*

HOW TO ENTER: If you’re interested in this opportunity, please let us know by sending us an email with your name and either your email address or phone number (all info will be discarded after we have a winner and your email address will NOT be used for anything except for this contest). Please use the subject CONTEST in your email.

Get your entry in by 3pm today (Wednesday, 9/4)! A winner will be chosen randomly at that time and will be notified by email. Due to the event being tomorrow, we will even meet you somewhere to get you the ticket or will deliver it in person to your home, as long as you are in the Grapevine area.

Thanks for reading our little publication and for supporting local causes!

[*The Grapevine Source has no investments or affiliations with the sponsoring businesses. We just like making people happy and spreading good news!]

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Download an application for the Kathee Livengood Memorial Scholarship HERE

Editor’s Corner: Peace Officers’ Angels Foundation assists injured Texas law enforcement

By Stacey Doud

POAF-LogoThe Police Officers’ Angels Foundation (POAF) is a non -profit organization that “provides emotional support and short-term financial assistance to any Texas Law Enforcement officer following a serious or life changing line-of-duty injury. POAF’s success relies on strong community partnerships standing behind our peace officers and their families,” which is their mission statement.

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Maria Barreda-Alvarado started the Foundation after her son, Corporal Rick Barreda, who served with the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Airport Police Department, was killed in the line of duty on February 14, 1997. A vehicle struck his motorcycle as he sat on the side of the road gauging speeds. Rick also served on the DFW SWAT team and, for a short time, for the DFW Fire Department.

“Our official name is Peace Officers’ Angels Foundation because some folks confuse the word ‘Peace’ with ‘Police.’ We use ‘Peace Officer’ because we also serve our DPS Troopers, Deputies and Sheriffs’ Offices. POAF serves cities, state, and counties,” Barreda-Alvarado said.

In fact, POAF serves all 254 counties in Texas. “We are focused on the smaller cities and towns in Texas – the ones that don’t have support like a 100 Club,” Barreda-Alvarado said. “That doesn’t mean that we won’t help when we can in a big city. We just want to make sure the smaller places are covered, too.”

The POAF relies on memberships and fundraisers to stay afloat. They are hosting their inaugural golf tournament on Monday October 7, 2019 at the Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield. They, along with partner TLEOMF (Texas Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund), organize the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at a Texas Rangers game every fall. This year, it will be held on Friday, September 13 at Globe Life Park as the Rangers take on the Oakland Athletics.

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As the last few years have seen a record number of first responder deaths and injuries, the POAF is very busy and is always in need of volunteers and financial support.

For more information or to find out how you can help, visit POAF.org. All donations are tax-deductible and a receipt will be provided.

“No donation is too small to make a difference.” – POAF Motto

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Download the Rangers Flyer Here (.pdf)

Grapevine Source’s Houston journalist and historian seeks assistance

37540786_1551818089469545_rChris Daigle is an outgoing, energetic 61-year-old journalist and historian in Houston, Texas. His career has taken him on tour with the Rolling Stones, flying with the Blue Angels, and the coverage of many events for Associated Press in a 40-plus year career.

Chris suffered a stroke on the right side of his brain on November 9, 2018 while driving to work. He suffered paralysis on his left side, which severely limits his mobility. Now, his organizational and cognitive skills are limited as well, and this means Chris cannot work, and he doesn’t know how long he will be unable to do so.

Without a paycheck, and with benefits a long way off, Chris is rapidly losing the ability to pay for rent and bills, especially medical bills and prescriptions. Chris has no family to help him.

All money raised will go toward rent, bills and medical co-pays.

Chris is independent and determined to overcome these challenges, but it takes time and money, which are two things that are in short supply right now.

Chris does not know when or if benefits will begin, and expenses are piling up. Whether you know Chris, know of him, or do not know him at all, any contribution, big or small, will greatly impact his progress to recovery. This fund is to make sure Chris can live independently as he did before his stroke. With an estimated 4 months until benefits are in place, we will need to raise $20,000. If you can, please consider a donation to help Chris get back to normal!

For more background information, refer to an article by Chris in The Grapevine Source blog titled, “Special Assignment: Stroke.”

Thank you in advance for anything you can give!

Visit Chris’s GoFundMe Page HERE.

C.J. Harris Elementary Community Market and Festival May 4

image001The C.J. Harris Elementary PTA is excited to announce the First Annual Harris Community Market and Festival. It is sure to be a great day!

When:  Saturday May 4, 2019 from 10am – 6pm

Where:  C.J. Harris Elementary, located at 2314 Schleider Dr, Pearland, TX 77581

We’ll have vendors, activities for children, a Silent Auction and MUCH MORE!

Parking and Admission to this event is free. This event is kid friendly! No pets please!

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We are currently looking for SPONSORS! For more information, click HERE and we thank you in advance for your support! All vendor fees are TAX DEDUCTIBLE! We are a 501(C)(3)!

For further information about the event, click HERE or email Vendor Liaison Nancy Allen at HarrisCommunityMarket@Gmail.com.

PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE C.J. HARRIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PTA

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Tyler teen known for nationwide law enforcement appreciation campaign surprised by ‘blue family’

By Alex Leroux and Jeff Wright 

TYLER, TX (KLTV) – A Tyler teenager who has spent years thanking police officers and first responders with her nationwide ‘Savannah Says Thank You’ campaign has received her own gesture of appreciation.

Members of Tyler Police Department surprised the family of Savannah Solis outside of their Tyler home Thursday morning. Savannah, her mother, and brother have recently been facing serious medical issues, and police officers wanted to show their support to the family. Officers collected donations throughout the week and offered them to the family to help relieve some burden of medical bills. The family also has a GoFundMe page set up to accept donations as well.

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Savannah, her blood family and her blue family

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Santa Cops toy drive at Willhoite’s Nov. 28

46511086_2226451650699649_8035687122788679680_nOn Wednesday, 11/28/18 from 6-9pm, Willhoite’s (432 S. Main Street) will be conducting their annual Santa Cops toy drive. Guests are encouraged to bring toys and/or partake in a fundraiser effort which will include a silent auction and raffle in order to help bring gifts to area children.

The Raffle will include:

  • 6 bottles of wine
  • 100.00 gift card Bob’s Steak & Chop House
  • 100.00 gift card to Farina’s Winery
  • 25.00 gift card to Tolbert’s Restaurant
  • 25.00 gift card to Big Fish
  • 50.00 to Napolis Italian Cafe

The Silent Auction will feature a Yeti Cooler, Gift Card Tree, Massage and Body Scrub, Tail Gate tent, Wine fridge, Jack Daniels Chiller machine, Fireball Chiller machine, Golf bag, Bud Lite cooler, gift baskets as well as many other great items.

Grapevine Police Association fundraiser Sept 21 – 22, 25 – 26

California Pizza Kitchen (Grapevine location only – located at 1051 TX-114) will begin its fundraiser for the Grapevine Police Association, which runs 9/21, 9/22, 9/25 and 9/26. The restaurant will donate 20% of the bill for anyone who dines in their restaurant (or orders carry-out) on these dates and brings in the flyer below. If you forget the flyer, just tell your server you want your check to benefit the Grapevine Police Association fundraiser.

The Grapevine Police Association is a non-profit that donates money to law enforcement personnel and families in crisis, provides scholarships, sponsors police events, and supports the Darren Medlin bicycle team. Feel free to say ‘hi’ to our officers when you see them enjoying a meal in CPK.

Downloadable Flyer (.pdf)

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