Hundreds celebrate Grace

May 2, 2011

Martinsville Bulletin 

Grace Network celebrated its fifth anniversary Saturday before a crowd of 300 people at Martinsville High School.

More than $4,500 was raised at the event, said Grace Network Executive Director Jenniffer Jamison.

The nonprofit, faith-based organization opened its doors on April 24, 2006. It is dedicated to helped area residents through times of financial crisis. Since then, it has provided $1,125,201 to more than 11,000 people in need.

A choir made up of 100 singers from numerous area churches sang during Saturday’s benefit, which also included performances by the Grace Network Praise Team, the Villa Heights Baptist Church Bell Choir and the Youth Choir of First Baptist Church of East Martinsville.

Prayer requests and thank-you notes written by the organization’s clients were read aloud during the event.

“We have a lot of great people that support Grace Network,” Jamison said, and the event was “a reminder of why we’re there and who we’re helping.”

Martinsville After School Art program participants created bowls that were sold for $10 each to raise money for Grace Network. Binding Time Cafe donated a bowl of soup to each person who bought a bowl.

About 30 bowls were sold, and 20 more are available through Grace Network’s office at 433 East Commonwealth Blvd., Jamison said.

For more information, call 638-8500 or email

Sponsors of Saturday’s event were Binding Time, Martinsville City Schools, McKinney Heating & Air Conditioning and Solid Stone Fabrics.


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