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Christina Hayes, Grapevine Colleyville Independent School District Elementary Teacher of the Year

Grapevine Colleyville ISD and Park Place Lexus Grapevine recently recognized Grapevine Colleyville Independent School District Teachers of the Year Christina Hayes and Josh Smith. Hayes teaches 5th grade at Glenhope Elementary at Aspire Academy and was named Elementary Teacher of the Year. Smith is band director for Heritage Middle School and was recognized as Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Carroll ISD and Park Place Jaguar Land Rover DFW honored Carroll Independent School District Teachers of the Year Erica Hayden and Jenny Wilson. Hayden teaches at Rockenbaugh Elementary and was named Elementary Teacher of the Year. Wilson is a teacher at Carroll Middle School and was recognized as Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Each teacher received a deluxe detail and tank of gas for their vehicle, four passes to the Dallas Arboretum, a gift card to Southlake Town Square and a Park Place swag bag.

“We value our teachers who work hard every day to enrich the lives of their students,” said Gary Venner, General Manager of Park Place Jaguar Land Rover. “It is an honor to celebrate these teachers and we hope they can enjoy their gifts this summer as they take a much-needed break.”

Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987 and has been engaged in the community through its support of the arts, medical research, children’s advocacy, and education. Park Place employs more than 1,400 members and operates eight full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, and Land Rover. For more information, visit parkplace.com

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Johnston, Executive Director of the Prosper Education Foundation, Katie Stutts, Park Place Lexus Plano GM Executive Assistant, Patrick Jaccar, Park Place Lexus Plano New Car Sales Director, Leilani Bonds, Video Production Teacher at Rogers Middle School and Secondary Teacher of the Year, Erin Jones, Rock Hill High School Secretary and Secondary Paraprofessional of the Year, Elizabeth Mejia, Elementary 2nd Grade Teacher at Rucker Elementary School and Elementary Teacher of the Year, Ashley Arrington, Library Aide at Cockrell Elementary School and Elementary Paraprofessional of the Year, Jorden Dial, Board President of the Prosper Education Foundation, Alta Simmons, Community Relations Officer with Neighborhood Credit Union and, David Huck, Prosper Rotarian

Prosper ISD and Park Place Lexus Plano recently recognized Prosper Independent School District Teachers of the Year Elizabeth Mejia and Leilani Bonds. Mejia teaches 2nd grade at Rucker Elementary and was named Elementary Teacher of the Year. Bonds teaches Video Production at Rogers Middle School and was recognized as Secondary Teacher of the Year. 

Each teacher received a deluxe detail and tank of gas for their vehicle, as well as two tickets to a Texas Rangers game, parking pass and access to all you can eat and drink buffet at the Lexus Lounge, four passes to the Dallas Arboretum and Park Place swag bags. 

“We value our teachers who work hard every day to enrich the lives of their students,” said Chris Brunner, General Manager of Park Place Lexus Plano. “It is an honor to celebrate these teachers and we hope they can enjoy their gifts this summer as they take a much needed rest.”

Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987 and has been engaged in the community through its support of the arts, medical research, children’s advocacy, and education. Park Place employs more than 1,400 members and operates eight full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, and Land Rover. Park Place BodyWerks Collision Centers in Fort Worth and Dallas, and the Park Place Auto Auction, round out the company’s offerings. For more information, visit parkplace.com

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Courtney Walker, PISD Elementary Teacher of The Year

Plano ISD and Park Place Lexus Plano recently recognized Plano Independent School District Teachers of the Year Courtney Walker and Octavio Oropeza. Walker teaches at Skaggs Elementary and was named Elementary Teacher of the Year. Oropeza teaches at Plano East Senior High School and was recognized as Secondary Teacher of the Year. 

Each teacher received a deluxe detail and tank of gas for their vehicle, as well as two tickets to a Texas Rangers game, parking pass and access to all you can eat and drink buffet at the Lexus Lounge, four passes to the Dallas Arboretum, $100 gift card to Shops of Legacy, and Park Place swag bags. 

“We value our teachers who work hard every day to enrich the lives of their students,” said Chris Brunner, General Manager of Park Place Lexus Plano. “It is an honor to celebrate these teachers and we hope they can enjoy their gifts this summer as they take a much needed rest.”

Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987 and has been engaged in the community through its support of the arts, medical research, children’s advocacy, and education. Park Place employs more than 1,400 members and operates eight full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, and Land Rover. Park Place BodyWerks Collision Centers in Fort Worth and Dallas, and the Park Place Auto Auction, round out the company’s offerings. For more information, visit parkplace.com

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Drew Mixon, VP CBTx (Commercial Bank of Texas), Gregg Duerr, Park Place Lexus Plano Parts Director, Katie Stutts, Park Place Lexus Plano GM Administrative Assistant, Laura Nguyen, Elementary Teacher of the Year, Amy Gnadt, Board President, Allen ISD, Robin Bullock, Superintendent of Allen ISD, Zoee Garza, Branch Manager, CBTx

Allen ISD and Park Place Lexus Plano recently recognized Allen Independent School District Teachers of the Year Laura Nguyen and Misty Gallo.  Nguyen teaches 1st grade at Vaughan Elementary and was named Elementary Teacher of the Year. Gallo teaches 11th grade at Allen High School and was recognized as Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Each teacher received a deluxe detail and tank of gas for their vehicle, as well as two tickets to a Texas Rangers game, parking pass and access to all you can eat and drink buffet at the Lexus Lounge, four passes to the Dallas Arboretum, $100 gift card to Shops of Legacy, and Park Place swag bags.  

“We value our teachers who work hard every day to enrich the lives of their students,” said Chris Brunner, General Manager of Park Place Lexus Plano. “It is an honor to celebrate these teachers and we hope they can enjoy their gifts this summer as they take a much needed rest.”

Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987 and has been engaged in the community through its support of the arts, medical research, children’s advocacy, and education. Park Place employs more than 1,400 members and operates eight full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, and Land Rover. Park Place BodyWerks Collision Centers in Fort Worth and Dallas, and the Park Place Auto Auction, round out the company’s offerings. For more information, visit parkplace.com

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Lauren Morgan, GM Administrative Assistant at Park Place Lexus Grapevine, Lisa West, Argyle Primary Teacher of the Year, and Zane Sommer, New Car Vehicle Sales Director at Park Place Lexus Grapevine

Argyle ISD and Park Place Lexus Grapevine recently recognized Argyle Independent School District Teachers of the Year Lisa West and Brenda Williams. West teaches kindergarten at Hilltop Elementary and was named Primary Teacher of the Year. Williams teaches STEM at Argyle Middle School and was recognized as Secondary Teacher of the Year.  

Each teacher received a deluxe detail and a tank of gas for their vehicle, as well as two tickets to a Texas Rangers game, parking pass and access to all you can eat and drink buffet at the Lexus Lounge, four passes to the Dallas Arboretum, $100 gift card to Southlake Town Square, and Park Place swag bags.  

“We value our teachers who work hard every day to enrich the lives of their students,” said Charles Owen, General Manager of Park Place Lexus Grapevine. “It is an honor to celebrate these teachers and we hope they can enjoy their gifts this summer as they take a much needed rest.”

Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987 and has been engaged in the community through its support of the arts, medical research, children’s advocacy, and education. Park Place employs more than 1,400 members and operates eight full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, and Land Rover. Park Place BodyWerks Collision Centers in Fort Worth and Dallas, and the Park Place Auto Auction, round out the company’s offerings. For more information, visitparkplace.com

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As Hawaiian Falls prepares to open the waterparks for the summer, they will process season passes from 4 pm – 7 pm Monday May 2 thru Thursday May 5, May 9 – 12; and again Wednesday May 18 – Thursday May 19 in Roanoke, Mansfield and Waco. 

 

“We’re putting the finishing touches on our parks as we get ready to host families for a great summer,” said Hawaiian Falls Managing Director Ryan Forson. “We’ve spent more than $1 million on improvements on our Mansfield, Roanoke and Waco parks. Guests will enjoy more shade, seating, and private cabanas. We’re also introducing new food and beverage options at each park. Of course, we will continue to allow coolers inside the parks for a nominal fee. Factory sealed water bottles are allowed at no charge, and complimentary ice water is always available at our snack stands\.””

 

The family friendly waterparks are offering complimentary admission into Hawaiian Falls waterparks in Mansfield, Roanoke and Waco Saturday, May 7 and Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, for all mothers and grandmothers when accompanied by a child with a Big Kahuna day ticket or a season pass. If Mom or Grandma already has a 2022 season pass, she can invite one guest in free without having to use one of her Buddy Passes. Kids 2 and under are always free. 


The Hawaiian Falls 2022 season pass offers a summer-long staycation for the entire family to embrace the refreshing pools, adventurous waterslides, lazy rivers, play structures for the little ones and special events and activities for everyone in the family. The season pass gets passholders all three parks with over 60 attractions. A season pass pays for itself in just two visits and features exclusive benefits and incredible value. The current season pass offers expire May 8th

 

Currently, the My Island Pass is only $69.99 and includes two (2) “Bring a Friend Free” tickets (over $70 value); 20% off food & beverages all summer; access to Mansfield, Roanoke and Waco parks; early entry to the parks (30 minutes before opening) and a special walk-up rate of $50 for private cabanas (while supplies last.) 

 

For added benefits, guests can purchase the Pineapple Pass, which offers ALL the perks of the My Island Pass PLUS an extra two (2) “Bring a Friend Free Twilight” tickets for use after 4 p.m.; and 25% off food & beverages, totaling more than $200 in value.

 

More information about Hawaiian Falls, including hours, directions, attractions, tickets and season passes, visit  hfalls.com.

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Dan Shea and Hot Rod at Dairy Queen

Dan Shea, 68 of Denton, is a sales rep who loves hot rods and has a fondness for a DQ® Chocolate Dipped Cone.  

“For my whole adult life, I’ve been a sales rep covering all or part of Texas,” said Shea. “DQ restaurants have been, and still are, my office away from home.” 

Shea always gets a Chocolate Dipped Cone and a medium Dr Pepper®. An avid collector of classic cars and custom hot rods, he usually takes a picture of his treat with one of his hot rods in the background, then posts on his social media.

“Most of my friends think I must be a DQ shareholder, but the company is privately held” he says with a chuckle. “I usually stop in a DQ restaurant every day. The restaurants in Denton don’t even ask for my order. They just ask if I’m getting lunch or a snack.”

DQ restaurants in Texas are celebrating their 75th anniversary of the DQ brand in Texas and invited fans to share their favorite memories and stories. Fans can share their favorite stories and photos by visiting dqtexas.com/anniversary

“We love to hear stories like this from our fans,” said Lou Romanus, CEO of the Texas Dairy Queen Operator’s Council. “With nearly 600 DQ restaurants in Texas, it seems everyone I meet has a wonderful story to share about visiting their local DQ restaurant. For generations, DQ restaurants are the places Texans go for their favorite hot food and cool treats, and they will be the first to say, “That’s what I like about Texas.” 

DQ restaurants in Texas have a unique food menu that includes the Dude® CLASSIC Chick’n Fried Steak Sandwich, the Hungr-Buster®, the BeltBuster®, and the truly awesome Triple-Buster®. Then, there’s the Texas T-Brand Tacos®, the Steak Finger Country Basket®, and Chicken and Dumplings, based on a homemade recipe from a DQ restaurant franchise owner’s mom. 

The full DQ treat lineup is the sweetest reason to visit the restaurant with friends and family. From a sundae to a delicious Dilly® Bar, Dipped Cone or Blizzard® Treat, everyone seems to have their favorite item.

There are few brands as iconic as the DQ brand. Innovative DQ treats and eats, along with the unique DQ restaurant concepts, have positioned DQ restaurants in Texas as a leader in the quick service restaurant industry. The Texas Dairy Queen Operators' Council is a nonprofit organization made up of DQ franchisees operating in Texas. The Council develops the advertising and marketing program for DQ franchisees in Texas and controls the Texas Country Foods menu along with managing supply/distribution for the nearly 600 DQ restaurants in Texas. The DQ restaurants in Texas are franchised by American Dairy Queen Corporation and the DQ franchise system includes approximately 7,000 franchised locations in the United States, Canada, and more than 20 other countries, including the nearly 600 DQ restaurants in Texas. 

For more information about the Texas Dairy Queen Operators’ Council, visit dqtexas.com or follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

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Grace enjoying melted TDQ cake

Being a parent can be challenging and when it came time for a single Frisco dad with four children to mark one of his kids’ birthdays, he wanted to do something special. But it didn’t turn out the way Bill Hockensmith planned. 

“I will never forget the day my son bought a DQ Cake for his 15-year-old daughter Grace because it was her favorite,” said Grandmother Sharon Hockensmith of McKinney. “When he got home, he put the cake in the refrigerator instead of the freezer. When the big day came, he hauled it out only to realize it was melted flat. We put candles on the rather lop-sided cake and sang "Happy Birthday" anyway. Then we spooned the melted cake into bowls and ate it up. Even melted, it was almost as delicious. Grace especially loved it because she had a good laugh at her dad's expense!”

Mrs. Hockensmith said Grace is a freshman at Frisco Independence and plays on the junior varsity soccer team.

“My husband is a Vietnam veteran, and a retired USAF fighter pilot,” she explained. “His last aircraft was the F-16. I am a retired research manager and former teacher at the University of Texas at San Antonio. We settled in McKinney to be near our four grandchildren: Chase 17, Grace 15, Caitlin 13, and Colton 10, who live in Frisco with their dad.” 

DQ® restaurants in Texas are celebrating their 75th anniversary of the DQ brand in Texas and invited fans to share their favorite memories and stories. Fans can share their favorite stories and photos by visiting dqtexas.com/anniversary

“We love to hear stories like this from our fans,” said Lou Romanus, CEO of the Texas Dairy Queen Operator’s Council. “With nearly 600 DQ restaurants in Texas, it seems everyone I meet has a wonderful story to share about visiting their local DQ restaurant. For generations, DQ restaurants are the places Texans go for their favorite hot food and cool treats, and they will be the first to say, “That’s what I like about Texas.” 

DQ restaurants in Texas have a unique food menu that includes the Dude® CLASSIC Chick’n Fried Steak Sandwich, the Hungr-Buster®, the BeltBuster®, and the truly awesome Triple-Buster®. Then, there’s the Texas T-Brand Tacos®, the Steak Finger Country Basket®, and Chicken and Dumplings, based on a homemade recipe from a DQ restaurant franchise owner’s mom. 

The full DQ treat lineup is the sweetest reason to visit the restaurant with friends and family. From a sundae to a delicious Dilly® Bar, Dipped Cone or Blizzard® Treat, everyone seems to have their favorite item. 

There are few brands as iconic as the DQ brand. Innovative DQ treats and eats, along with the unique DQ restaurant concepts, have positioned DQ restaurants in Texas as a leader in the quick service restaurant industry. The Texas Dairy Queen Operators' Council is a nonprofit organization made up of DQ franchisees operating in Texas. The Council develops the advertising and marketing program for DQ franchisees in Texas and controls the Texas Country Foods menu along with managing supply/distribution for the nearly 600 DQ restaurants in Texas. The DQ restaurants in Texas are franchised by American Dairy Queen Corporation and the DQ franchise system includes approximately 7,000 franchised locations in the United States, Canada, and more than 20 other countries, including the nearly 600 DQ restaurants in Texas. 

For more information about the Texas Dairy Queen Operators’ Council, visit dqtexas.com or follow us on InstagramTwitter or Facebook.

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Citlali Reyes, 23, has been a Mercedes-Benz service technician at Park Place Motorcars Arlington for four years. But if you were to see her outside of her uniform, you would never guess her profession.

 

“I’m extra girly,” she proclaims. “I’ve always loved working on cars.  I find it amusing how I love makeup, nails, heels, all the typical girly things so much. On the same note though, I’m a high flagging, efficient technician that has put in hours, blood, sweat, and tears to get where I am currently.”

 

Citlali was born in Denver but moved to Texas with her parents in 2012. She graduated from Irving’s MacArthur High School in 2017, then completed Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Dallas in 2018.

 

“My first impression when I came to Park Place was definitely the luxury design in all departments, from sales and service to parts, the client waiting area and our shop.”

 

When not at work, Citlali manages a small apparel business and is co-owner of a small business in the custom truck scene. “We design shirts, hoodies, caps, stickers and decals. We set up at truck shows in DFW and Houston. We’ve even traveled to Georgia, Colorado and New Mexico.” 

 

She’s also currently in the process of becoming a licensed nail technician.

 

When asked what advice she would give someone just starting out, she responded, “Advancement is simple. Just keep your long-term goal in clear sight and make small steps towards the big picture.”

 

Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987 and employs more than 1,400 members. Park Place Dealership operates two collision centers, an auto auction, and eight full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover and Sprinter Vans. In 2020, Park Place was acquired by Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Duluth, GA. Asbury is one of the largest automotive retailers in the U.S. For more information, visit parkplace.com.

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“Hau?Oli LA MAmA!” is Hawaiian for “Happy Mother’s Day!” Or, as we like to say at Hawaiian Falls Waterparks, “Mothers and Grandmothers get in FREE Mother’s Day weekend!” And what says “I love Mom” more than a day to play together?

The family friendly waterparks are offering all mothers complimentary admission into Hawaiian Falls waterparks in Mansfield, Roanoke and Waco Saturday, May 7 and Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2022 when accompanied by a child with a Big Kahuna day ticket or a season pass. If Mom has a 2022 season pass, she can invite one guest in free without having to use one of her Buddy Passes. Kids 2 and under are always free.  

Hawaiian Falls will be open weekends starting May 7th so we’re offering all Mothers (aka Mom, Mama, Ma, Mère, Madre, Makuahine) and Grandmothers (aka Nana, Nonni, Oma, Grandmère, Abuela,  Kuku Wahine or Tutua free day pass into Hawaiian Falls waterparks in Mansfield, Roanoke and Waco on Saturday, May 7 and Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2022.

“We’re honoring all Mothers and Grandmothers with free admission into one of our three waterparks opening weekend to thank them for all the thankless jobs they do for our families,” said Hawaiian Falls Managing Director Ryan Forson. “We want every Mom to enjoy the day with her family at one of our safe and fun pools or spray areas. Or float down the Lazy River to let the stress melt away. Dads are certainly welcome, too. In fact, our goal is to bring the whole family together, and to give Mom a great memory on her special day.”

The Hawaiian Falls 2022 Season Pass offers a summer-long staycation for the entire family to embrace the refreshing pools, adventurous waterslides, lazy rivers, play structures for the little ones and special events and activities for everyone in the family. The Season Pass gets passholders all three parks with over 60 attractions.

Hawaiian Falls will be offering early Season Pass processing at Mansfield, Roanoke and Waco waterparks 4pm – 6 pm Monday April 25th thru Thursday April 28th.

Currently, 2022 Season Passes are on sale for a limited time. A Season Pass pays for itself in just two visits and features exclusive benefits and incredible value.

My Island Pass is only $69.99 and includes two (2) “Bring a Friend Free” tickets (over $70 value); 20% off food & beverages all summer; access to Mansfield, Roanoke and Waco parks; early entry to the parks (30 before opening) and a special walk-up rate of $50 for private cabanas (while supplies last.) 

For added benefits, guests can purchase the Pineapple Pass, which offers ALL the perks of the My Island Pass PLUS an extra two (2) “Bring a Friend Free Twilight” tickets for use after 4 p.m.; and 25% off food & beverages, totaling more than $200 in value.

More information, including hours, directions, tickets and season passes, visit hfalls.com.