Category Archives: Fundraisers

Inaugural VetsWhatsNext golf tournament on Sept. 3

What’s Next for you Veteran?

Across America, tens of thousands of Veterans are asking themselves this SAME question. VetsWhatsNext (VWN) is the answer!

VWN is about empowering and helping Disabled Veterans, Homeless Veterans, Service Members, and their families by providing consolidated services and resources that will allow them to reclaim their lives and economic stability.

These services and resources will be offered via our website, mobile app, and eventually a brick and mortar Outreach Center.

We either plan to, or already are, giving back via scholarships and partnerships. And, as with any non-profit, we depend a lot on donations!

Our big fundraiser this year is our INAUGURAL GOLF TOURNAMENT, which will be held on Friday, September 3, 2021. Come out and play the links at The Irving Golf Club! You’ll have a great day for a great purpose!

For more information, including registration, click HERE.

Grapevine Police are proud to announce the launch of an online store

Employees, volunteers and the public can now order GPD-branded merchandise online using the link: http://bit.ly/GPDstore.  The store includes a selection of sweatshirts, t-shirts, mugs, tumblers, pens, challenge coins and bottle openers. More items will be added throughout the year, including a stuffed animal mascot of K9 Maverick next month! Proceeds will help fund the annual Grapevine Police Awards Banquet, which honors exemplary acts by sworn and civilian personnel.

Please allow three business days for orders to be processed. Pickup will be during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm) at the front desk of the Grapevine Public Safety Building, located at 1007 Ira E. Woods Avenue, Grapevine, TX 76051.

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The Coppell ISD Education Foundation Offers Virtual Run to Fund Race

The Coppell ISD Education Foundation (CEF) invites students, staff, parents and the community to the annual Run to Fund taking place virtually during the week of May 1-8. This Coppell community-based 5K event will include a week full of activities and prizes allowing participants to run anywhere, from a treadmill to the special race-course suggestions provided.  The Run to Fund will culminate in a socially distant drive-thru “Finish Line” Experience on May 8 from 10am – 2pm at Coppell High School.

Proceeds raised from the Run to Fund allow the Coppell ISD Education Foundation to award transformative classroom grants and bring innovative learning opportunities to all students in CISD. The CEF will give $2 from every Run to Fund race entry to the CISD Physical Education Department. Early registration ends April 1. Register by April 28 to be guaranteed a Run to Fund shirt. 

Join the CEF for eight fun filled days of themed race events and prizes. Stay tuned for more details and be sure to follow us on social media @coppellisdef or #RunToFund21.

More information about registration including the sleep-in option, are available at www.coppellisdef.com

About The Coppell ISD Education Foundation 

Chartered in 2000, the Coppell ISD Education Foundation is a non-profit organization of volunteers whose efforts have raised and donated more than $1.3 million in support of the schools, students and teachers of Coppell ISD.  In 2020, CEF awarded more than $50,000 to CISD including classroom grants, new teacher grants to first-time educators, and PPE equipment for teachers and staff. To learn more about the Coppell ISD Education Foundation, visit www.coppellisdef.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

VetsWhatsNext Walks for Veterans

Across America, tens of thousands of Veterans are asking themselves this SAME question – “What now?”

VetsWhatsNext (VWN) is about empowering and helping Disabled Veterans, Homeless Veterans, Service Members and their families by providing consolidated services and resources that will allow them to reclaim their lives and economic stability.

These services and resources will be offered via our website, mobile app and eventually a brick-and-mortar Outreach Center.

Please join us for our next fundraiser!

REGISTER HERE

VIRTUAL WALKATHON

Saturday, Feb 13th | 12-12:22pm (Preshow starts at 11:30)
Veteran DJ WT Morton will be on the 1s and 2s

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:     
  • DONATE $22: http://bit.ly/VWN2222
  • WALK/RUN VIRTUALLY: Login from wherever you are! 
  • JOIN VWN: Meet Eric at 100 E. Irving Blvd. Irving, TX 75060 and walk/run to the Irving Veterans Memorial Park (644 Rock Island Road Irving, TX 75060)
    • VWN will follow all CDC guidelines. Masks REQUIRED
  • PURCHASE YOUR SWAG: Get your special T-shirt/Hoodie for the event

Proceeds will go to VetsWhatsNext, a 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. All donations are tax deductible. Please visit our website for more information on all our initiatives!

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REGISTER HERE

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North Texas Giving Day to aid more than 3,300 nonprofits

More than 3,300 nonprofit organizations are taking part in the 12th annual North Texas Giving Day event Sept. 17 (today).

The 18-hour online event organized by Communities Foundation of Texas allows people to financially support local nonprofits and causes. Early giving opened Sept. 1 and had already raised more than $12 million as of Wednesday afternoon. Last year’s event saw about $50 million raised for 3,000 nonprofits in the 20-county region, according to the Communities Foundation of Texas website.

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DFW Airport Interfaith Chaplaincy hosts RISE UP Prayer Breakfast on August 28

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Dr. Tony Evans

The DFW Airport Interfaith Chaplaincy holds a Prayer Breakfast every year, and despite the COVID pandemic, the “show” will go on. Called RISE UP, the breakfast will be held virtually on August 28 at 9am and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Tony Evans.

“We are excited to have Dr. Tony Evans as our guest speaker at this year’s RISE UP Prayer Breakfast,” said Father Greg McBrayer, who is the Chairman of DFW Interfaith Chaplaincy. “He is one of the greatest preachers you’ll ever hear. He is very practical and always delivers his [message] in a context that everyone can understand.”

Dr. Evans is senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, which has around 10,000 regular parishioners, and he is one of the most well known and beloved preachers in the nation. Pastor Evans has authored over 100 books and has been heard on radio stations nationally for more than 30 years. He is also the founder and president of The Urban Alternative, which is a Christian Bible teaching and resource ministry.

“DFW Airport Interfaith Chaplaincy is blessed to have ministers from Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship on our Associate Chaplains staff and part of our Internship Program. We are all looking forward to hearing Dr. Evans encouragement message to help us navigate these challenging times,” McBrayer said.

Tickets are available now for $35, which covers the viewing of the program as well as a $10 gift card to either Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts. All proceeds will go to the DFW Airport Interfaith Chaplaincy.

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Download the flyer HERE

Purchase Tickets HERE

Questions? Email Jennifer Buchanan at info@dfwairportchapel.org

Grapevine Rotary Rubber Duck Race scheduled for Sept. 10

Screen Shot 2020-08-02 at 8.35.58 AMJoin us this September 10th as the Grapevine Rotary Club hosts the 3rd Annual Rubber Duck Race in the Lazy River at The REC of Grapevine.

Thousands of free-spirited yellow rubber ducks will be dropped into The REC Lazy River where they will race to see who is the fastest.

The event will take place from 5-7pm at The REC of Grapevine in fair or Fowl weather!

The winning Duck will earn $1,000, second place wins $500 and third place wins $250.

100% of all proceeds support the Grapevine Rotary Club community programs, such as scholarships for high school seniors, Computers for Kids, Special Olympics, RYLA, Feed Our Kid and American Flags on Main Street.

Every year, Grapevine Rotary Club awards as many scholarships as possible to qualified graduating senior applicants. The impact of these awards for the students in our areas is amazing. In April, we awarded 16 of these scholarships in the amount of $1500 each from the proceeds of our 2019 Duck Race.  

ChuckAll of the ducks are churning up the water to get back in their best racing form after eating too much during quarantine (except for Chuck, who is lounging around the pool. He’s “supervising”).

For more information or to adopt a duck, visit https://grapevinerotaryduckrace.com/ or email grapevinerubberduckrace@gmail.com.

Here’s hoping your duck wins!

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Download the flyer HERE (.pdf)

Let the Bidding Begin: Dishing Out Relief Auction to Benefit Texas Restaurants

DALLAS, April 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA), the leading business association for Texas’ $70.6 billion food service industry, has teamed up with Dallas-based digital marketing firm Lux214 Media Group to fund the TX Restaurant Relief Fund through a week-long online auction.

The auction consists of exclusive chef and food experiences, gift certificates, products, memorabilia, and much more. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the TX Restaurant Relief Fund, which was established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has created a challenge of catastrophic magnitude for the restaurant industry. In Texas, the pandemic has caused 688,000 job losses, $80 billion in lost sales revenue, and has caused 34% of Texas’ 50,000 restaurants to close since March 15.

“Our team is working hard to put critical funds directly into the hands of the Texas restaurant communities’ most vulnerable population, independent restaurant owners, which in turn will help to save the jobs of the workers they employ,” said Dr. Emily Williams Knight, TRA President and CEO. “Restaurants in Texas are facing a catastrophe unlike we’ve ever seen. We are inspired by their determination and appreciate the support from our partners as we work to save restaurants.”

The auction is open to everyone – industry and the general public – and will also accept direct donations. The online auction can be seen at DishingOutRelief.com.

The bidding began Wednesday, April 29 at midnight and will end on Wednesday, May 6, at midnight. Items up for bidding range in price from $25 to $20,000. Items up for bidding include:

  • Wolfgang Puck autographed chef jacket
  • 5 course private dinner for 10 by Chef Stephan Pyles
  • Courtside Dallas Mavericks tickets and photo with player
  • Dinner party for 10 with Chef Kent Rathbun at private residence
  • Front Burner home dinner party experience with Chefs from Ida Claire, Mexican Sugar and Whiskey Cake
  • A year’s supply of Vital Farms Eggs
  • Lucchese Bootmaker gift card for $500
  • A private in-home wine tasting presented by Court of Master Sommelier Certified Professional
  • Tickets to sporting events
  • Gift Cards
  • Much more

“This is a cause that hits really close to home for me,” said Donna Tanner, co-founder of Lux214 Media Group and an executive in the restaurant industry in Texas for more than 30 years. “When the opportunity presented itself for our firm to help, we jumped at the chance. The money raised in this auction is going to pump some much-needed life into a multi-billion-dollar industry in Texas that desperately needs it.”

TRA has set a goal to raise a minimum of $10 million for the fund and Lux214 Media group hopes that this auction will help them reach that goal and support as many of Texas’ independently owned restaurants as possible. The objective is to provide immediate relief by getting the money to restaurants quickly.

“It is critical that people from all across Texas come together in solidarity to help in this time of crisis,” said Chef Stephan Pyles. “It is not only crucial for the economy in our great state, but for our culture. The funds we raise from this auction will make a significant impact on saving the restaurant industry in Texas, and by doing so, will be saving our culture and unique traditions.”

Shannon Brewery and POAF have fun and raise money for our injured peace officers

SBC-Logo-e1479981872994Shannon Brewery‘s annual Back the Blue Event to benefit Peace Officers’ Angels Foundation was held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 12pm – 4pm. Many people came out to support POAF’s mission, which is assisting our critically injured men and women of law enforcement.

The event featured a BBQ truck, a menu of great beer from Shannon Brewery, a relaxed indoor and outdoor atmosphere, a 50/50 contest, in which lucky winners received prizes, good music and plenty of parking. POAF was able to get the crowd to come together to make a Public Service Announcement about the “Move Over” law, which protects officers and public workers from falling victim to being hit while on the side of the road.

ABOUT POAF:

POAF was founded in memory of Corporal Rick Barreda, son of founder Maria Barreda-Alvarado, who was killed in the line of duty on February 14, 1997.

CorporalRickBarredaSticker-295x300POAF is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.  All donations are tax deductible. Every dollar that is donated goes to assist or benefit our injured officers. POAF does not have any employees, nor pays a salary to our board members. We operate solely with volunteers.

I’m never going to pass up an opportunity no matter what time of day or night to let injured officers know that we are here for them and apply every ounce of the letter and the spirit of our mission to assist them and their families.” – Maria Barreda-Alvarado

StarOfTexasSliderIf you missed this event, and want to help the brave men and women behind the badge who keep us safe every day, you can always make a donation at poaf.org and/or let us know if you can volunteer to help! If you made a donation and need a receipt for tax purposes, please let us know at poaf.org.

We know that times are tough and some of us have decreased or temporarily suspended income because of COVID-19, but every dollar helps! Please stay safe and follow the mandates of your city, county, state and country. We pray for you all to stay safe – and remember that together, we can get through this! God bless. 

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Grand Prairie NAACP to hold its 33rd Annual Scholarship Gala on March 20

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Join Us for the NAACP Grand Prairie Scholarship Gala on March 20, 2020

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You’re invited to join us and other visionary leaders, educators, innovators, and entrepreneurs across industries and the community, as a Diversity & Inclusion Sponsor, Partner, or participant, at the 33rd Annual NAACP Grand Prairie Freedom Fund Scholarship Gala.

The Gala will benefit local students with scholarships for the advancement of education, and will be held Friday, March 20, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., at Ruthe Jackson Center, 3113 S. Carrier Pkwy., Grand Prairie, Texas, 75052.

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Prepare to arrive early at 6:00 p.m. to experience the Happy Hour Networking Reception, Silent Auction, and Vendors. The Gala will continue with dynamic speakers, dinner and entertainment!

Time: Mixer ~ Networking and Silent Auction/Vendor Table at 6:00pm – 6:45pm

Scholarship Gala: 7:00 P. M. (Doors Open 6:45 P. M.)

Location: The Ruthe Jackson Center,  3113 S. Carrier Pkwy Grand Prairie, Texas

Emcee: Cheryl Smith, National Association of Black Journalists

DJ: Matthew Redic Entertainment ~ DaMone Jones (Comedian) & Featuring LottoMuzik Hip Hop Artist Oklahoma

Ticket Price: $50.00; NAACP Members $30.00

Contact: Dexter Coleman, Co-Chairman Freedom Fund at (469) 744-4705 or Col Tom Smith (US Army RET) 214-207-7910. Tickets may also be purchased on Eventbrite.

Sponsored by Spring Creek Barbeque, Stripe Zones, Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation, Coca-Cola Company

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Keynote Speaker Kristen Geez

Keynote Speaker: Kristen Geez is the creator of Advising Generation Z (AGZ), a non-profit social skills mentoring program that provides misguided students with safe places to develop through programs in 11 school districts and 4 municipal courts across North Texas. AGZ is broken into two programs: Lipstick Ready for ladies and Shepherds of Healing for guys. AGZ is aided by a digital series called AdvisingGenz with exercises and testimonials that help students navigate life’s difficulties. Kristen is a TEDx Speaker, a Brand Ambassador for Women That Soar and the Special Projects Contractor for Tarrant County Community College. Kristen holds a BS in Ethical Leadership, an MEd in Leadership & Development and will begin pursuing her Doctoral Degree in degree in Leadership and Learning Specialization in Organizational Leadership in the fall of 2020.

We’re still seeking sponsors, so if you’re interested, call Dexter Coleman, Co-Chairman of the Freedom Fund at (469) 744-4705 or Col Tom Smith (US Army RET) at 214-207-7910.