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Remember the 2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that swept the nation? The challenge inspired more than 17 million people worldwide and raised more than $115 million for ALS a decade ago.

Southlake resident Ashley Burnett is currently raising awareness and funds for ALS research in honor of her dad, Todd, who is currently fighting this disease. She issued a challenge online and has already surpassed her goal of raising $4000 by more than $1,000. Hawaiian Falls Roanoke is hosting her 2024 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at 10 a.m. Monday, July 15 ay their wavepool. One of Todd’s best friends is San Francisco 49ers Superbowl Champion tight end Brent Jones, who will also be there in support of Todd and those fighting ALS. 

“One year ago my Dad was diagnosed with ALS,” said Ashley. “I wanted to do something to help raise money and awareness in the fight against this awful disease! July 15th is the official 10-year anniversary of the original Ice Bucket Challenge that raised over one hundred million dollars. I had an idea to gather a bunch of people and do a big Ice Bucket Challenge in honor of both my dad and the anniversary. Texas is so hot in July! So I came up with the idea to do an event at a water park. I am so grateful that Hawaiian Falls jumped on board to partner with me in throwing this awesome fundraiser! With a disease that is full of the unknown and often feels so hopeless, raising money through this event gives my family back a little bit of that hope.  We would love to see you there, or you can still make a donation even if you can’t make it! Thanks so much for your support!”

Anyone can participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge before the waterpark opens to the public. Guests who donate $15 to the cause receive their own ice bucket as well as a FREE Hawaiian Falls ticket. The person with the highest donation will receive a complimentary cabana rental for the day and four Hawaiian Falls Season Passes. People can also donate at

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Hawaiian Falls Roanoke is located at 290 W Byron Nelson Blvd. in Roanoke, Texas.

The schedule for Monday, July 15, 2024 includes:

9:30 – Final Registration and families enter park

10 am – ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at the wavepool 

10:30 am Park opens to public.              

Hawaiian Falls Waterparks are located in Mansfield, Roanoke and Waco. More information about special events, operating hours, directions, tickets and season passes, are at hfalls.com.

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In a stunning display of precision, Gregory Speer of Grandview achieved every golfer's dream by hitting a hole-in-one at the Tangle Ridge Golf Course in Grand Prairie. This remarkable achievement was even more memorable as it earned Speer a brand-new Mercedes-Benz E-class, courtesy of Park Place Motorcars Arlington.
 
The hole-in-one occurred June 6 on the 17th hole during the Southern Star Scramble Golf Tournament benefiting the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce. With a shot at a brand new luxury vehicle on the line, Speer executed a flawless shot that landed on the green before rolling directly into the cup.
 
Every year, the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce hosts the Southern Scramble Golf Tournament as a means of fostering community spirit and offering networking opportunities. Park Place Motorcars Arlington has been a sponsor of the event since 2020.
 
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 nine full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Land Rover, Acura, and Sprinter Vans. Park Place BodyWerks Collision Centers in Fort Worth, Dallas, and Plano and the Park Place Auto Auction, round out the company’s offerings. Park Place was acquired in 2020 by Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Duluth, GA. For more information, visit parkplace.com.
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Sometimes an ordinary day at the office turns into a rescue mission with a happy ending. 

Sebastian Jimenez, a service valet at Park Place Motorcars Fort Worth, greeted a client on the service drive who was returning a loan car to the dealership. The client expressed concern about a faint "meow" coming from the car while stopped at a red light. He told Sebastian he had noticed several cats were hiding under the car during a recent rainstorm and wondered if one of them had become trapped. 

Though he couldn't pinpoint the exact location of the sound, he wanted to alert Park Place Motorcars Fort Worth in case a cat had gotten stuck somewhere under the vehicle.

Sebastian informed the service manager, Mauricio Zenon, about the situation, so they quickly gathered several service technicians including Jacob Munoz, Mark Hawkins, Josh Brunk and Josh Chandler to assist. Armed with tools, they headed to the service drive, opting to remove some panels there instead of driving the loaner into the shop and risking harm to the kitten.

Jacob, Mark, and Josh crawled under the vehicle and began removing the belly pans. Soon after, they discovered the little guy hiding under the belly pan on the passenger front side of the vehicle. The kitten was unharmed and in good spirits. 

Mark Hawkins decided to take the kitten home and has decided to adopt the kitten.

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 nine full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Land Rover, Acura, and Sprinter Vans. Park Place BodyWerks Collision Centers in Fort Worth, Dallas, and Plano and the Park Place Auto Auction, round out the company’s offerings. Park Place was acquired in 2020 by Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Duluth, GA. For more information, visit parkplace.com.

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Photo (Left to right): Jane Richards; Executive Director Grapevine Colleyville Education Foundation, Secondary Teacher of the Year; Aaron Greer, Collegiate Academy Elementary Teacher of the Year; Laura Jean Couch

Park Place Lexus Grapevine recognized Grapevine Colleyville Independent School District Teachers of the Year, Laura Jean Couch and Aaron Greer. Couch was named Collegiate Academy Elementary Teacher of the Year and Greer was recognized as Secondary Teacher of the Year for GCISD.

The two Grapevine Colleyville ISD teachers were offered their choice to drive a Lexus IS or NX for the 2024 summer, two tickets to a Texas Rangers game with a parking pass and access to the Lexus Lounge that includes an “all you can eat” buffet and drinks of choice. The teachers also received four passes to the Dallas Arboretum, $100 gift card to Southlake Town Square and other Park Place swag.

“We believe in the transformative power of education,” said Charles Owen, Park Place Lexus Grapevine General Manager. “Supporting the dedicated teachers at Grapevine Colleyville ISD is our way of investing in the future of our community.”

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 nine full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Land Rover, Acura, and Sprinter Vans. Park Place BodyWerks Collision Centers in Fort Worth, Dallas, and Plano and the Park Place Auto Auction, round out the company’s offerings. Park Place was acquired in 2020 by Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Duluth, GA. For more information, visit parkplace.com

 

 

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Allen ISD Solomon:Sarah TOY.jpg Photo (Left to right): Solomon Boatfield; Elementary Teacher of the Year and Sarah Twedt; Secondary Teacher of the Year for Allen Independent School District

Park Place Lexus Plano recognized Allen Independent School District Teachers of the Year, Solomon Boatfield and Sarah Twedt. Boatfield was named Elementary Teacher of the Year and Twedt was recognized as Secondary Teacher of the Year for AISD. 

The two Allen ISD teachers were offered their choice to drive a Lexus IS or NX for the 2024 summer, two tickets to a Texas Rangers game with a parking pass and access to the Lexus Lounge that includes an “all you can eat” buffet and drinks of choice. The teachers also received four passes to the Dallas Arboretum, and other Park Place swag.

“Teachers should be celebrated as they commit their time, energy and resources to building the next generation of leaders,” said Chris Brunner, Park Place Lexus Plano General Manager. “Park Place has supported the Teachers of the Year program in Allen ISD for several years, and we love to continue to recognize their passion and dedication to educate.” 

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 nine full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Land Rover, Acura, and Sprinter. Park Place BodyWerks Collision Centers in Fort Worth, Dallas, and Plano and the Park Place Auto Auction, round out the company’s offerings. Park Place was acquired in 2020 by Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Duluth, GA. For more information, visit parkplace.com

 

 

 

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Photo (Left to right): Dr. Theresa Williams; Superintendent Plano ISD, Bryan Martin; Lexus Plano Service Manager, Meghann Sciples; Elementary Teacher of the Year, Mitch Stobee; Secondary Teacher of the Year, Gabe Delgado; Lexus Plano Pre-owned Sales Manager, Nancy Humphrey; PISD Board of Trustees President 2021-2025

Park Place Lexus Plano recognized Plano Independent School District Teachers of the Year, Meghann Sciples and Mitch Stobee. Sciples was named Elementary Teacher of the Year and Stobee was recognized as Secondary Teacher of the Year for PISD.

The two Plano ISD teachers were offered their choice to drive a Lexus IS or NX for the 2024 summer, deluxe detail and tank of gas for the winner’s vehicle, two tickets to a Texas Rangers game with a parking pass and access to the Lexus Lounge that includes an “all you can eat” buffet and drinks of choice. The teachers also received four passes to the Dallas Arboretum, and other Park Place swag.

“We celebrate the teachers who commit their time, energy and resources to building the next generation of leaders,” said Chris Brunner, Park Place Lexus Plano General Manager. “We recognize the long hours our teachers work in their selfless drive to educate our children. Park Place Lexus has supported the Teachers of the Year program in Plano ISD for many years, and we applaud all the teachers for their passion and dedication to educate.” 

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 nine full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Land Rover, Acura, and Sprinter Vans. Park Place BodyWerks Collision Centers in Fort Worth, Dallas, and Plano and the Park Place Auto Auction, round out the company’s offerings. Park Place was acquired in 2020 by Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Duluth, GA. For more information, visit parkplace.com

 

 

 

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This summer, DQ restaurants in Texas are turning up the heat with an irresistible summer Blizzard® Treat menu, featuring six yummy flavors designed to delight taste buds and cool down the hottest days. From classic favorites to new creations, DQ fans will savor this season’s lineup with promising bursts of flavor in each bite.

The new Picnic Peach Cobbler Blizzard® Treat delivers a refreshing summertime escape with the world-famous DQ® soft serve, peach topping and buttery cobbler pieces, blended to absolute Blizzard® Treat perfection. 

For peanut butter connoisseurs, the New Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Party Blizzard® Treat is a delectable blend of world-famous DQ soft serve, rich chocolate chip cookie dough, and smooth peanut brittle crunch with sprinkles. 

Indulge in the New! Ultimate Cookie Blizzard® Treat where cookie lovers’ dreams come true. This decadent delight is a cookie extravaganza, featuring a medley of OREO®, CHIPS AHOY!® and NUTTER BUTTER® all blended to Blizzard perfection.

DQ restaurants in Texas also will feature several fan favorites this summer including the Frosted Animal Cookie Blizzard® Treat topped with pink confetti frosting and blended with the DQ vanilla soft serve. Fans also can experience the whimsical wonder of the Cotton Candy Blizzard® Treat with cotton candy sprinkles and the iconic world-famous soft serve. The always popular Brownie Batter Blizzard® Treat is back and rounds out the 2024 summer Blizzard Treat menu. 

Fans can order all their favorite Treats and Eats through the DQ Texas mobile app. Sign up for the “Best Treats & Eats in Texas,” learn about great deals and earn rewards. New users receive a free Blizzard Treat (any size) or a Hungr-Buster® just for signing up.

For more than 75 years, DQ restaurants in Texas have been friendly, gathering spots where fans enjoy delicious treats and eats and create fond memories. To be the first to learn about Blizzard of the Month flavors, new product news from the Texas Dairy Queen Operators’ Council or find a store location, follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook or visit dqtexas.com.

About Texas Dairy Queen Operators’ Council 
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. 

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Dads provide a special kind of love and support to those around them, so they deserve an equally special day of recognition. They are known to work hard, but sometimes they need time to relax as well. The ultimate gift for Dad this Father’s Day is time spent with those he loves, and Hawaiian falls is the perfect place to do so. 

To celebrate Father’s Day, Dads get free admission at Hawaiian Falls waterparks in Mansfield, Roanoke, and Waco Sunday, June 16. 

“We want Dads to use this time to take a break and just relax,” said Hawaiian Falls Marketing Director Ron McKenzie. “Dads can kick their feet up, ride water slides and splash around in the wavepool with their family. Hawaiian Falls is the perfect spot to celebrate and make memories with the people you love this Father’s Day.”

Whether it’s the lazy river or a water slide, Hawaiian Falls has something for everyone to enjoy! On Father’s Day, Hawaiian Falls want to make Dad feel celebrated while creating an environment that Dad will love. All Dads are welcome to participate in Olympic-style games with special prizes. Dads can also enjoy special prices on Craft beers, cocktails and snacks. 

Other upcoming Hawaiian Falls 2024 special events include: 

  • Champions Day – July 23 Champions (individuals with special needs) and their families will have exclusive access to the parks from 9 AM – 10 AM. Champions tickets are FREE, and family companion tickets are only $10 (limit for four) for the whole day. 
  • World’s Largest Swimming Lesson – June 20
  • Sunsets @ Hawaiian Falls (Mansfield & Roanoke Locations Only) – June 21 is the first ever after-hour Date Night event with exclusive park access including food and special prices on drinks. 
  • Half-way to Christmas – June 25 has Christmas-themed activities all day long, including visits with Santa, holiday food and drink, plus, guests will receive a FREE one-day return admission ticket for our Thanksgiving weekend holiday celebration. 
  • Independence Day – On July 4th all Active and retired service members receive FREE admission (with valid Military ID) all day long. 
  • National Waterpark Day – July 28 daily admission will be half price and 

Season Pass Holders can bring a friend for just $10. 

For information about special events, operating hours, directions, tickets, and season passes, visit hfalls.com

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Cerulean Blue, a new coffee house dedicated to creating a warm and welcoming space for the Flower Mound community, has opened in the heart of Parker Square. Owned by Paul and Jackie Dietzler, also owners of Expo Home Improvement, Cerulean Blue promises to be more than just a coffee shop – it aims to be a hub for community connection and vibrant conversations.

Cerulean Blue offers a unique ambiance designed to provide an inviting and cozy environment. With comfortable seating, soft lighting, two fireplaces, and a beautifully curated selection of art, the coffee house is the perfect spot for both relaxation and productivity. 

Patrons can enjoy a wide variety of handcrafted coffees, espressos, teas, smoothies, and freshly baked pastries, quiche, homemade biscuits, sandwiches and salads.

Dietzler expressed his excitement about the new venture, stating, “Cerulean Blue is more than just a place to grab your morning coffee or a bite to eat. It’s the place where people can come together, share ideas, and build lasting relationships. We’ve designed this space with the community in mind, and we can’t wait to see how it brings people together.”

The mission of Cerulean Blue extends beyond serving excellent coffee. It aims to be a cornerstone of the Flower Mound community by hosting events. The coffee house also will feature a dedicated community board where local organizations can post about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

The family-run business includes Jessica Dietzler who will be at the helm of creating the sweet treats, biscuits and quiches. Her sister Samantha will oversee social media and marketing. Paul and Jackie will oversee the day-to-day operations. 

“This is the ideal situation for our family to work together,” said Paul Dietzler. “We have a heart to serve others and Cerulean Blue gives each of us the opportunity to use our individual talents for the common goal of creating an experience for our guests that brings people together for great food, a calming ambiance, and the knowledge that everyone is welcome here.”  

Cerulean Blue is located at Parker Square, Flower Mound, TX. The grand opening celebration will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2024, from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, featuring cookie decorating for kids, complimentary samples, and special giveaways.

About Cerulean Blue

Cerulean Blue is a community-focused coffee house in Flower Mound’s Parker Square. It offers a welcoming ambiance, a variety of high-quality beverages and pastries, and a space designed to foster connections within the community. Cerulean Blue is owned by Paul and Jackie Dietzler, owners of Expo Home, and his family. For more information, visit CeruleanBlue.com, or on the social media platforms Instagram and Facebook.

 

 

 

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U&I is known for providing training and job opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities. But it is also a creative resource for companies and individuals who need professional quality screen printing. 

“Our press has six heads and can print up to six colors,” explains Marcos Vargas, U&I senior screen printer and designer. “We can print on many different fabrics, including cotton tee-shirts, uniforms and even Quick-Dry materials. We pride ourselves in our quality and attention to detail.”

The U&I Print Shop uses state-of-the-art technology to achieve the highest level of detail and color. Whether a client is looking to create eye-catching promotional materials, personalized team uniforms or trendy fashions.

The print shop also offers employment opportunities for U&I clients. “Our concept of inclusion extends throughout U&I,” continues Vargas. “There are many levels of disability…even invisible disabilities that are not apparent at a glance. Our mission is to fit the job around the person. When you find the right person, you want to empower them.”

“Ultimately, we want to be the largest supplier in Dallas for socially conscious buyers,” concluded Vargas. “With our messaging and mission, we’re looking for companies and individuals who want to partner with our cause.”

In 1951, Jean Walker Bentley overcame cultural barriers and spoke out for disabled children and their families. She started the Children’s Development Center to meet the scholastic and socialization needs of children with special needs. In 1981, the federal government mandated that public schools had the responsibility to educate children with disabilities. The organization evolved help veterans find employment and provide vocational training for special education students preparing to transition out of high school.

Today, as one of the largest workforce development centers in DFW, U&I continues to meet the needs of disabled individuals by providing vocational training, job readiness training, paid work opportunities and community placement to more than 1000 youth and adults with severe intellectual, physical and/or mental health disabilities. More information regarding the print shop is available at uandispreadthelight.com/print-shop.