Meet the 2016 GRACE Gala Chairs
Feb 23, 2016 07:59AM
● By Audrey Sellers
The Cunningham family
Ashley and Andy Cunningham are high school sweethearts who are dedicated to giving back. They’re so invested in GRACE Grapevine particularly, that the nonprofit has proclaimed the Cunninghams as the 2016 GRACE Gala Chairs.
Planned for October 22 at the Irving Convention Center, the GRACE Gala is the organization’s single most important fundraising event of the year. The Cunninghams will play an instrumental role in overseeing the event, making sure everything functions seamlessly to result in a memorable and beneficial evening.
Here’s a little background on this philanthropic couple. Andy received his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University and currently serves as Vice President of Business Development for Coastal Plains, a diversified oil field services company.
Also a graduate of Texas A&M University, Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Health and a Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Texas. As a former teacher and child life specialist, her specialization in children with special needs led her to partner with Camp Jon Marc, a North Texas summer camp designed for children with disabilities.
The Cunninghams have called Grapevine home since 2000, and have since volunteered ample time to after-school activities for their three young children, Drew, Claire and Cole.
It was their great emphasis on family involvement and the encouragement of a family member that led them to invest in the mission of GRACE. When Andy's sister, Jennifer Hibbs, who is the Assistant City Manager for Grapevine and GRACE Board Member, introduced the couple to GRACE five years ago, it was a natural fit.
“GRACE’s family-based approach and reputation initially sparked our interest,” said Andy. “As our participation in the GRACE Gala and Drive Into the Night grew, so did our love for GRACE’s mission to help families in a lasting way.”
Andy’s ingenuity for business strategy will be a tremendous resource in the oversight of committees, sponsor benefits and event logistics. Ashley’s extensive background in child and family services give her a broadened understanding of the heart behind our services. We look forward to collaborating with this wonderful family and what we can achieve together for the GRACE Gala in 2016.
The Cunninghams will be kicking of their first Gala Committee meeting on April 11 at 9:30 a.m. in the GRACE Boardroom at GRACE Main, 610 Shady Brook in Grapevine. All interested in volunteering for the Gala are welcome to attend. Visit GRACEGrapevine.org to learn more about the faith-based, social service agency.