Heart House Dallas Presents the 6th Annual Grape Escape

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Noted Fundraiser Celebrates Heart House Dallas' Tenth Anniversary in Providing Free Afterschool Educational Programs to Children in Dallas County

"This year's Grape Escape is truly special for us as we celebrate Heart House Dallas' tenth anniversary," said Leesa Ratliff Alhadef, Co-Chair, 6th Annual Grape Escape. "Heart House Dallas has grown significantly and now serves 160 children daily."

Heart House Dallas, a free afterschool educational program for at-risk children in Dallas County, announces its 6th annual Grape Escape to celebrate the organization’s tenth anniversary. The popular fundraiser will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2010, 6:30-9:30 PM, at Shortell Designs, 1115 Dragon Street, Dallas TX 75207. Along with numerous wine offerings, there will be a silent auction and a Scotch-tasting from well-known bottlers.

The Grape Escape supports Heart House Dallas’ mission to provide a safe, nurturing, and supportive haven for at-risk children at the apartment complexes where they live. Heart House Dallas offers various academic programs that include homework assistance, citizenship and character development, math, science, and literacy lessons. The Heart House Dallas environment helps these children through each success to build their self-confidence significantly both at school and in life and the opportunity to become the best they can be as individuals.

“This year’s Grape Escape is truly special for us as we celebrate Heart House Dallas’ tenth anniversary,” said Leesa Ratliff Alhadef, Co-Chair, 6th Annual Grape Escape. “Since 2000, Heart House Dallas has grown significantly from providing its services to just a handful of children to serving currently 160 children daily with 75+ on the waiting list.”

Sponsors to-date for the 6th Annual Grape Escape are Aqua Med Spa; Gary and Leesa Alhadef; Dewar's; Donna Harris In Town Mix; Favors Special Events; Matt and Candee Fleeger; Grey Goose; Shortell Designs, and Rhett Stein.

“We are honored to have such a fantastic group of sponsors to-date for our Grape Escape” event, said David Johnson, Co-Chair, 6th Annual Grape Escape. “The event will be fun and entertaining, and more importantly, provide the opportunity for all of us to support such a truly rewarding organization that serves children who need its programs and nurturing the most.”

Sponsorship opportunities, donations, reservations, and other information are available at http://www.hearthousedallas.org.

About Heart House
Heart House Dallas is a free afterschool educational program that provides a safe haven and academic support for at-risk children while encouraging them to become good citizens. Nearly 136,000 children in Dallas County need quality after school care. At Heart House Dallas, children have access to caring adult role models, homework assistance, art enrichment, computer learning, health and safety topics, and literacy programs.

Heart House has touched the lives of hundreds of children since September 2000. By giving these children a safe environment, the program protects them from the idleness and negative elements they may encounter when they step off the school bus and while walking to their homes. http://www.hearthousedallas.org

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