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Fall Fun at Gracie's Gowns
Now that we've moved, and are pretty much unpacked and set-up, here's what's coming up next.

I greatly appreciate everyone's patience through our move, illness and all the chaos that has come and gone since the start of our move. I am pretty sure we are through the roughest patch and will be getting back to doing what I do best and sewing gowns this week. 

The end of September, I was blessed beyond measure to have accepted the Community Hero Award given by Dunkin' Donuts for individuals who make a difference in their local area in unique ways. I had the pleasure of accepting the award with Isa, who lives near us and has received a couple gowns from Gracie's Gowns as she has grown. It was such an honor to not only represent the organization, but each of the families and children we have served over the last three and a half years. 

Below you will find our upcoming events, there are a couple raffles, a live and virtual 5K, a golf tournament and even more so, our initiative to create a new special interest license plate in the Commonwealth of Virginia to raise awareness for Congenital Heart Defects. This is a very special cause, and for all those living in Virginia, with vehicles registered in the state, we could use your help! We have received legislative backing from Delegate Bobby Orrock, but we need to have 450 prepaid applications before December 31st, 2015 in order for him to present it to the Virginia General Assembly. Please click on the license plate below for more information on our website. 

For Our Families: If you have not already done so, we are in need of your help with a little diagnosis survey we created, we're looking at certain sources of funding, potential ways to give funds and different ways to make an impact, but some of those options are only for organizations that have a certain percentage of children with (x) diagnoses. No personal information is included in the survey - survey is accessible through this link.

As of 10/13/2015 we need 443 more applications with plate fee payments in order for the license plate to be voted on by the Virginia General Assembly in the 2016 session. Please remember all payments need to be made out to Gracie's Gowns, not DMV because we have to submit one large payment with all applications once the license plate has been voted on and approved.
Comfort for the Cure: Run, Walk or Stroll 2015
In Person and Virtual 5K

When: November 14th, 2015 
Where: Lee’s Hill Golf Club

10200 Old Dominion Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Registration Start Time: 6:30 AM
Race Start Time: 7:30 AM
Registration Deadline: November 1st, 2015

All race participants (live event and virtual run) will receive a t-shirt and medal included with their registration fees, if registered by November 1st, 2015. There will also be a post-race goodie bag for each registered participant in the live event. There is a maximum registration of 90 participants at Lee’s Hill Golf Club. There is an option to purchase an additional medal if you have an IRun4 Buddy. There is no maximum registration for virtual participants.

We look forward to having your participation in our Comfort for the Cure: Run, Walk, or Stroll this year – all proceeds will go towards supporting our families in Virginia and fulfilling current and future gown requests. For More Details, to download registration forms, and for sponsorship opportunities, click on this link or click on the picture of the shoes.
Our Thirty-One Gifts Raffle starts November 1st, 2015 and one winner is drawn every day through the end of the month with two winners on Black Friday! Tickets are $10.00/each with item values of at least $30.00 each day. We have a goal to sell 200 tickets with all proceeds benefiting our Christmas Box Project this year, which already has over 50 requests! We have sold just over 20 tickets as of 10/13/2015, so we need your help to reach our goal this year.

Also this year we started a new raffle, it is for a quilt made from one piece of fabric used to make every requested gown this year. The tickets are $3.00/each and once we draw the winner, the quilt will be completed and mailed to them if they are not in the Fredericksburg or surrounding areas. You can see the quilt's progress on our Facebook page.

Click on either photo above to purchase your tickets today!
Our first butterfly bead order arrived and all beads have been sent to the little ones waiting for them. We've started a second order for those who missed the first batch and those who are new to Gracie's Gowns as well - to learn more click here or on the photo! These beads are a no cost program to those that participate with Beads of Courage, Bravery Beads, and other similar programs. This bead can be added to your strand to represent you have received a gown from Gracie's Gowns.
This year's Christmas Box Project is open for requests - we have already received 50 requests for Christmas Boxes since the end of September. The needs for the project and request form are located on our website. This program is only for children that have received or have a gown request pending from Gracie's Gowns (at any point in time over the last three years) all other requests that do not meet those requirements will not be fulfilled.
Birdies & Bobbins Golf Tournament

When: May 2nd, 2016 
Where: Lee’s Hill Golf Club
10200 Old Dominion Parkway
  Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Registration Start Time: 8:00 AM
Race Start Time: 9:00 AM
Registration Deadline: April 18, 2016

This golf tournament will be a fundraiser to help support families that Gracie's Gowns has made a gown for in Virginia with final expenses and travel expenses that arise (gas, meals, lodging, parking) with having to travel multiple times a month, or even a week to and from hospitals over an hour from their home.

Registration fee for golfers includes one raffle ticket, golfing in the tournament, golf cart (shared with your team), range balls and lunch after the tournament.​ Sponsorship opportunities, registration forms and more details are available through this link, or by clicking on the picture above.
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