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Hawaiian Falls will offer free admission to all military personnel at its North Texas water parks in Garland, The Colony, Mansfield and Roanoke from 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Memorial Day weekend – Saturday, May 28; Sunday, May 29; and Monday, May 30.  All immediate family members can purchase their day pass for a discounted price of $20.99.

“We’re grateful for the brave service members who willingly give up their freedoms to protect ours,” said Hawaiian Falls CEO Clint Hill. “Because of their sacrifices, we can enjoy a fun, carefree summer with family and friends. We’re not going to bore them with long speeches or embarrass them by singling them out. We’re just happy to provide them a day to relax and have fun at our water parks.”

To participate, individuals just need to show a valid military ID at the ticket window. This free admission applies to one individual admission for a military member on
Saturday, May 28; Sunday, May 29; or Monday, May 30, 2016 only and cannot be combined with any other offers.  

Celebrating more than a decade of bringing families closer together, Hawaiian Falls operates water parks in Garland, The Colony, Mansfield, Roanoke, Waco and Pflugerville. The water parks will open to the public 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28th for the 2016 summer season. Season passholders are always allowed into the park 30 minutes before the gates open to the public. More info at hfalls.com http://hfalls.com>  or facebook.com/hfalls http://facebook.com/hfalls> .

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Chavez Elementary, a Little Elm ISD school, made quite an impression on iFLY Dallas.  Sixty of the top third, fourth and fifth grade students along with their principal John Lowman and several teachers, were chosen to attend a unique field trip to iFLY Dallas to experience the STEM education program.   STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. iFLY’s vertical wind tunnel provides the perfect environment to show students how STEM is deeply intertwined in the real world.

Since 2007, iFLY has been invested in delivering an educational program designed to ignite interest in science and math, which are critical to developing tomorrow’s technology leaders. iFLY has several educational programs designed for elementary, middle school, high school and college students.  This program delivers all requirements for STEM education classes and meets state and national standards in an unconventional and exciting learning environment. The curriculum is reviewed annually by teachers and modified to ensure that it supports the learning goals for their students. iFLY offers this unique and innovative learning experience nationwide at 21 U.S locations and 50 tunnels worldwide. 

All students are guided through an interactive STEM presentation, delivered by an iFLY STEM educator.  Every student is trained to investigate the effects of parachute parameters on flight performance and physics in the wind tunnel based on their grade level.  Students also receive flight instruction, safety training and one-on-one flying time with a certified instructor in the tunnel. 

“The STEM education program uses iFLY’s wind tunnel to make STEM exciting, relevant and accessible to students,” said Shelly Jackson, sales manager for iFLY Dallas.  “No matter what the age of the student, everyone learns a little more about principles of gravity and is able to apply them in the tunnel when they fly. This is a fabulous hands on experience that the students will remember for a long time and make science, technology, engineering, and math a little more fun.”

In order to make the program accessible to all students, iFLY is exploring local and national partnerships to help provide subsidies and scholarships for schools that need financial assistance to participate in these experiences.  Students and teachers are encouraged to learn more about this program by contacting the local tunnel or by visiting www.iflyworld.com/education.

iFLY is the experiential entertainment company that created modern indoor skydiving and has flown more than 7 million people nationwide. iFLY’s patented vertical wind tunnel technology creates the sensation of skydiving in an indoor, safe environment by creating a cushion of air on which a person can safely float (FLY).  Located in Frisco, iFLY Dallas is one of 6 Texas locations. The 50' tall vertical wind tunnel is 14' in diameter and equipped with four, 350-horsepower fans.   Today, iFLY has 50 locations around the world in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. Visit www.iFLYworld.com and follow @iFLYDallas on Instagram and Twitter or Facebook.com/iFLYDallas.

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Eric and Shelly Jackson, husband and wife enjoying flight time together.

Shelly Jackson of Murphy, Texas was born to fly.

“I remember attending polo matches as a child with my family,” said Jackson. “Skydivers would occasionally land on the field at Willow Bend Polo Club.  I remember telling my family I wanted to do that one day. On May 21, 1999, I made my first tandem jump, and I’ve never been the same. On a good weekend, I’d jump 15 times.  I racked up 200 jumps quickly, but the best part was meeting the world’s most incredible people in this sport.”

Shelly even met her husband Eric through skydiving.

“Eric was returning to Dallas after travelling the world with Arizona Airspeed, a world champion skydiving team,” said Jackson. “Eric and I jumped and trained and even ran a marathon together.  To date, I have 581 skydives and Eric has more than 1100.”  

In 1999, iFLY created the sport of modern indoor skydiving by developing the technology to create a stable, wall-to-wall cushion of air inside a flight chamber.

“When I heard my friend Alan Metni, CEO of iFLY Indoor Skydiving, would be building in Dallas, I jumped at the opportunity to deliver the dream of flight to everyone,” she explained. “With more than 20 years of doing business in the Dallas/Fort Worth market, coupled with a 16-year skydiving hobby, and two children always looking for the best birthday party ever, I joined the company.”

“Everyone leaves with a smile on their face.  I can’t wait to assist guests in booking their first flight, creating the best team building event ever, and assisting with the most amazing hands-on science, technology and math experiments.”

Eric and her husband have lived in Murphy since 2003. They have two children: an 11-year-old son Hunter and a nine-year-old daughter Haley.

“Hunter and I are medal holders in the sport of indoor skydiving.  I have more than 20 hours of flight time in the tunnel and Hunter has about 15 hours. Haley tried it, but she prefers riding horses to flying.” 

“I love to talk about iFLY and to share my passion for the sport. I want to deliver the dream of flight to everyone.  I feel like this is what I was put on the planet to do!”

You can reach Shelly at 214-618–iFLY (4359) or info.dallas@iflyworld.com

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Coach Gary Brown, Malena Brown and Kim Brown

Dallas Cowboys running back coach Gary Brown, along with his wife Kim and daughter Malena, will serve as Honorary Chairs for the 12th Annual III Forks Golf Classic presented by Northwestern Mutual – Dallas on May 1 – 2, 2016. The two-day event kicks off with an exclusive dinner, as well as a live and silent auction on Sunday evening, May 1, at III Forks Steakhouse in Dallas.  On Monday, May 2, more than 240 golfers will gather at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano to compete on the Kings and Queens courses. 

The III Forks Golf Classic is ranked as one of the top grossing golf tournaments in Dallas-Fort Worth by the Dallas Business Journal. Last year, the event raised a record $365,000.

“Kim and Gary Brown know first-hand the significant battle children with cancer face and we are thrilled that they are joining us in our fight to raise money to support childhood cancer research,” said Kathryn Copple, Executive Director of Dallas-based TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation.   

“Not only is Coach Brown a cancer survivor himself, their 17-year-old daughter, Malena, was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) in 2013,” Copple continued.  “Both Gary and Malena are in remission; however, Malena may need a bone marrow transplant in the future to be fully healed.  With the Brown’s support, we hope to increase awareness of the critical need for more funding, better treatment protocols, and eventually cures for childhood cancers.”

TeamConnor has donated more than $1.8 million in grants to the top research hospitals in the United States conducting cutting edge research of childhood cancers.

In addition to funding research, TeamConnor also supports an Art Box Program at Children’s Health in Dallas and Cook Children’s in Fort Worth. This program outfits kids going through a transplant and in isolation for 30 days or more with activities specifically geared towards their interests. Kids receive items such as paints, crayons, coloring books, puzzles, books, and games to express themselves while going through treatment. 

Every year, more than 12,500 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children, yet the budget of the National Cancer Institute allocates less than four percent of its funds to pediatric cancer research. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funding research and treatment programs to find a cure for all childhood cancers.  

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds for childhood cancer research, including the III Forks Golf Classic and Auction Dinner; May 1-2, Splash Out Childhood Cancer; July 14, National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Concert and Prayer Vigil on September 3; Color Me Green 5K and Caterpillar Dash October 1; and the Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot, November 10. 

In addition, TeamConnor’s national program, Coins for Kids with Cancer raises funds in schools, churches, offices and organizations across the country to help fund childhood cancer research.

For more information on how to impact the lives of those affected by childhood cancer, please visit teamconnor.org or find us at Facebook.com/TeamConnor.

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Kristin Strawn, Operations Manager, Hawaiian Falls Garland; Justin LaFond, Operations Manager, Hawaiian Falls Mansfield; and Bree Kramer, Operations Manager, Hawaiian Falls The Colony

Hawaiian Falls Waterparks recently announced a partnership with Jeff Ellis & Associates Inc. (E & A) the world leader in aquatic safety. E & A works with more than 600 clients worldwide and will provide the industry leading International Lifeguard Training Program® (ILTP®) to Hawaiian Falls.
 
Designed to work in conjunction with the Comprehensive Aquatic Risk Management Program (CARMP,) ILTP
® establishes the training framework and the core technology uniquely offered by E & A. CARMP provides accountability-based licensure for lifeguards, third-party unannounced auditing services, and risk management expertise to assist Hawaiian Falls in providing the safest guest experience possible.
 
“Above all else, safety is our number one priority at Hawaiian Falls,” said Clint Hill, Hawaiian Falls president and CEO.  “We are proud of our track record and we continue to invest heavily in our lifeguard training program to ensure that our waterparks remain the safest in Texas. We want the ‘best of the best’ responsible for this supremely important role at Hawaiian Falls, and Jeff Ellis & Associates is the world leader in aquatic safety.”
 
E & A was founded in 1983 with a mission of reducing the loss of life due to drowning. The company has a highly respected program and in the past three decades has become the most trusted company in the world to eliminate drowning events through Proactive Aquatic Risk Management—a philosophy Hawaiian Falls specifically sought out in aquatics safety professional training.
 
Ellis & Associates is proud to be chosen as the Aquatic Safety & Risk Management partner for the Hawaiian Falls Waterparks. The Hawaiian Falls brand exemplifies a passion for safety and a mission of caring for their guests to the highest level. E & A’s high-quality educational programs and lifeguard-training services are perfectly matched with the strength and leadership of Hawaiian Falls to meet their mission and safety objectives,” said Richard Carroll, senior vice president and COO, Jeff Ellis & Associates.
 
Lifeguards will undergo rigorous training before the Hawaiian Falls season begins Memorial Day weekend, with continual training, as well as unannounced auditing by E & A, occurring throughout the summer. The parks close Labor Day for the year.
 
Hawaiian Falls began hiring lifeguards for this summer season February 29.
 
Celebrating more than a decade of bringing families closer together, Hawaiian Falls operates water parks in Garland, The Colony, Mansfield, Roanoke, Waco, Pflugerville and White Settlement. More information is available at hfalls.com
http://www.hfalls.com> or facebook.com/hfalls http://www.facebook.com/hfalls> .
 
Founded in 1983, Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. (E & A) is an international aquatic safety and risk management firm dedicated to the prevention and elimination of drowning and other catastrophic aquatic events. Among its many services, E & A utilizes its Comprehensive Aquatic Risk Management Program (CARMP) along with its International Lifeguard Training Program
® (ILTP®) to advance the latest life-saving technology, methods and practices to dramatically reduce or eliminate risks—most importantly drowning events—and enhance the overall aquatic safety protection systems in place within their client family. As part of the CARMP with its clients, E & A trains and licenses lifeguards, following up that training through mandatory Unannounced Aquatic Facility Operational Safety audits of licensed lifeguards to ensure optimum performance and skills that are always at “test-ready” levels. E & A works with an ever-expanding client base that includes park & recreation departments, special districts, health clubs, homeowners associations, waterpark, and resort destinations across North America and South America and in diverse locations around the world, such as South Korea and the United Arab Emirates. 

 

 

 

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Maura Diaz, Midfielder for FC Dallas taking flight in the iFly Dallas tunnel

FC Dallas players Mauro Diaz and Mauro Rosales tested their skills off the turf and into a wind tunnel at iFly Dallas.  The 50’ tall wind tunnel accurately stimulates free-fall conditions in a recirculating column of wind averaging from 100 -125 mph, creating the sensation of flight.  While waiting for the FC Dallas season opener to begin March 6, Diaz and Rosales recently flew with the same grace and agility they exhibit on the soccer field.

iFLY Dallas is located at 8380 State Highway 121 in Frisco. Open 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 p.m. on Fridays; 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday.   Flights are available every thirty minutes.  iFly offers a variety of affordable packages.  Each first-time flyer package includes a training session, flight gear and flight time in the tunnel with one-on-one personal assistance from an instructor.  Flights are booked every thirty minutes for convenience and enjoyment.  iFly also offers corporate and other group flights as well as children’s educational sessions focused on the physics of flying.

iFLY is the experiential entertainment company that created modern indoor skydiving.  Located in Frisco, iFly Dallas is the second indoor skydiving facility in Texas. The 50' tall vertical wind tunnel is 14' in diameter and equipped with four, 350-horsepower fans.   Today, iFLY has 41 locations around the world in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. Visit www.iflyworld.com and follow @iflyDallas on Instagram and Twitter or Facebook.com/iflyDallas.

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Dan Perry, iFly Dallas Instructor, Taron Edgerton, Hugh Jackman, Mike Castellucci, Dexter Fletcher and Nolan Harper, iFly Instructor at iFly Dallas. #iFlyDallas

Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton were in Dallas promoting their new movie “Eddie The Eagle,” opening this Friday February 26 across the country. The actors gathered at iFly Dallas while filming a segment for WFAA-TV’s Good Morning Texas with co-host Mike Castellucci.

iFlyDallas won’t confirm whether Jackman, Egerton or the film’s producer, Dexter Fletcher, entered the tunnel for a flight, but to find out tune in to Good Morning Texas on WFAA at 9 am on Friday, February 26. The always entertaining Castellucci never disappoints with his quick wit and funny antics.

iFLY is the experiential entertainment company that created modern indoor skydiving.  iFly Dallas located in Frisco, Texas is the second indoor skydiving facility to open in Texas. The 50' tall vertical wind tunnel is 14' in diameter and equipped with four, 350 horsepower fans.   Today, iFLY has 41 locations around the world in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Visit www.iflyworld.com, @iflyDallas on Instagram or Twitter or Facebook.com/iflyDallas.

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Participants at the 2015 Allen Eagle Run

Park Place Lexus Plano will again be the title sponsor for the 8th annual Allen ISD Eagle Run set for February 27 at Eagle Stadium in Allen.  The Allen Eagle Run includes a family fun run/walk and a 5K run and is expected to draw a crowd of more than 3,000 participants. The event benefits Allen ISD teachers and students through special program funding and scholarship awards. 

“Education is a large part of Park Place’s community relations program,” said Rob Sumner, marketing director at Park Place Dealerships. “We are pleased to be a part of this fun event that will ultimately support teachers in their classrooms to inspire students and give students the opportunity to pursue their passion.” 

Fun Run/Walk finishers will receive a participation ribbon. 5K finishers will also receive a participation ribbon. In addition, medals will be awarded to 5K finishers for the following Overall male/female; Masters male/female; and the Top 3 male/female in each age group: 8 and younger, 9 - 10, 11 - 12, 13 - 14, 15 - 19, 20 - 24, and every five years up to 80+. Awards will also be given for the Largest School Team; the Largest Corporate/Community Team; and Best Team Spirit. 

To register or for more information, visit www.alleneaglerun.org.

Ken Schnitzer founded Park Place Dealerships in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn. Today, Park Place Dealerships employs more than 2,000 people and operates 18 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Infiniti, Volvo, smart, Jaguar, Lotus, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, and Maserati. For more information about Park Place Dealerships, visit parkplace.com.

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TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation wrapped-up 2015 by awarding more than $116,000 in grants to six hospitals across the country to support cutting-edge research on the many childhood cancers.  Hospitals receiving grants included Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Inc., Hunter College, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Children’s Health Dallas and Cook Children’s in Fort Worth. 

“We are committed to funding more research for childhood cancers at some of the best research hospitals in the country,” said Joy Cruse, founder of Dallas-based TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. “As one of the leading causes of deaths among children, childhood cancer receives very little government funding for research.  Therefore, if better treatment protocols and eventually, cures are to be found, it will take significant private and corporate support to fund the brightest researchers.”

Dr. Michael Burke, M.D., with the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Inc. was awarded $35,000 for the “Bridging Study – Investigating Clofarabine, Cyclophosphamide and Etoposide for Children and Adolescents with Acute Leukemia and Minimal Residual Disease.”  Dr. Burke’s Phase II Clinical Trial will test a therapy designed to improve outcomes of stem cell transplants by killing remaining minimal residual disease (MRD) prior to transplant in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and Acute Myeloid Leukemia patients.  There are currently no protocols for bridging therapy, making this a novel concept to reduce MRD and improve outcomes and survival.

Dr. Brian Zeglis, Ph.D., with Hunter College was awarded $35,000 for “A Novel Strategy for the Pre-targeted Radioimmunotherapy of Pediatric Neuroblastoma.”  Dr. Zeglis’ preclinical trial offers a new approach to radioimmunotherapy using site-specific radiolabeling of antibodies.  His research suggests a more effective therapy, drastically reducing overall radiation exposure to young patients.

Dr. Michael Hogarty, M.D., with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was awarded $10,000 for “Targeting the Suppressive Neuroblastoma Microenvironment to Improve Anti-GD2 Directed Immunotherapy.” Dr. Hogarty’s preclinical study defines Difluoromethylornithine (DFMO) exposure assess tumor characteristics that predict response, showing how the immune system fights Neuroblastoma cells.  The Anti-GD2 therapy improves survival and increases antitumor activity.

TeamConnor also awarded a $10,000 grant to Dr. Ira Dunkel, M.D., with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for “Sequential Phase I Studies of Nivolumab Monotherapy and Nivolumab in Combination with Ipilimumab in Pediatric Patients with Relapsed or Refractory CNS Tumors.” Dr. Dunkel’s novel therapy for poor prognosis brain tumors uses two monoclonal antibodies that function as immune checkpoint inhibitors, stimulating the immune system to fight the cancer.  This is a multi-institutional study, sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb, and includes participation from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Johns Hopkins Medicine.

“Funding research is imperative to moving closer to cures in the childhood cancer arena,” said Kathryn Copple, executive director of TeamConnor. “In addition to funding these research projects, TeamConnor was also pleased to donate $18,500 to Children’s Health in Dallas and Cook Children’s in Fort Worth to fund our Art Box Program. TeamConnor provides the funds for hospitals to create personalized boxes of materials including paints, canvases, crayons, markers, coloring books, ipads, and other fun items for kids to be creative while going through life-saving stem cell transplants in the hospital. These treatments result in extended, isolated hospital stays and the Art Box Program drastically improves the patients overall experience during their treatments.” 

TeamConnor also had the unique opportunity to work with Children’s Health of Dallas in their Pediatric Oncology Department.  TeamConnor granted $8,000 in 2015 to provide five years of funding for a two-month summer oncology internship position at Children's. Last summer, the student selected for the TeamConnor Pediatric Oncology Internship studied pediatric bone cancer under the leadership of Dr. Patrick Leavey.  Dr. Leavey is a pediatric oncologist and Associate Medical Director for Clinical Affairs at the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's, the Director of the Musculoskeletal Tumors Program at Children's Medical Center Dallas, and a professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern.

Every year, more than 12,500 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children, yet the budget of the National Cancer Institute allocates less than four percent of its funds to pediatric cancer research. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funding research and treatment programs to find a cure for all childhood cancers.  

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds for childhood cancer research, including the III Forks Golf Classic and Auction Dinner; Splash Out Childhood Cancer; National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Concert and Prayer Vigil; Color Me Green 5K and the Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot.  In addition, TeamConnor’s national program, Coins for Kids with Cancer raises funds in schools, churches, offices and organizations across the country to help fund childhood cancer research.

For more information on how to impact the lives of those affected by childhood cancer, please visit teamconnor.org or find us at Facebook.com/TeamConnor.

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Dallas Stars player Alex Goligoski deals Blackjack

More than 700 fans turned out for the recent Dallas Stars Casino Night at Park Place Lexus Plano. The event raised more than $300,000 for the the Dallas Stars Foundation, making it one of the most successful Casino Nights in its 17 year history. The Star-studded event featured the entire Stars hockey team serving as casino dealers, including players, coaches, play-by-play announcers, and front office staff.
 
“Our 17th annual Casino Night was one of our most successful events to date,” said Dallas Stars Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Dallas Stars Foundation President, Jason Farris. “Casino Night is the largest annual fundraiser for the Dallas Stars Foundation. It will allow us to put over $300,000 back into the community through our programs, grants for area non-profits and scholarships. We thank our Foundation supporters, our Foundation Stars volunteers, our Stars fans, the amazing corporate sponsors and Park Place Lexus for helping make this event such a success.”

DJ S.O.U.L Jah entertained the crowd as fans bid on a selection of autographed memorabilia, including jerseys from current and former Dallas Stars players, as well as unique experience packages such as the opportunity to travel with the Stars team to an away game. Guests enjoyed a delicious buffet from III Forks, Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Tastings and a diamond bar provided by J. Patrick Diamonds, Inc.
 
Park Place Dealerships supports many charitable organizations throughout the year,” said Jordan Case, President of Park Place Lexus. “but this is definitely one of our favorite events. Our clients enjoyed the party and the exclusive access to the Stars players and coaches. The players seemed to be having as much fun as the fans. And we helped raise a lot of money for the Dallas Stars Foundation, which in turn helps area kids. It’s a win for everyone.”
 
The Dallas Stars Foundation focuses its efforts on providing support to the children in the community through youth hockey programs, youth engagement, and health and education.

“I’ve been to every Stars Casino Night since the first one at Neiman-Marcus downtown in 1999,” said Stars fan Doris Seabolt of Mesquite. “The guys make it a lot of fun. They’re always kidding around with each other and the fans. I wouldn’t miss it!”

The Dallas Stars Foundation was established to serve as a positive force throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth community. The Foundation focuses its efforts on providing support to the children of the community so they may lead quality lives and develop into contributing members of society. Through teamwork, interaction, and education, the Dallas Stars Foundation works to bring together members of the community and build a bright future for our youth.
 
Park Place Lexus Plano is located at 6785 Dallas Parkway, on the southwest corner of the Dallas North Tollway and Spring Creek.

Ken Schnitzer founded Park Place Dealerships in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn. Today, Park Place Dealerships employs more than 2,000 people and operates 18 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Infiniti, Volvo, smart, Jaguar, Lotus, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, and Maserati. For more information about Park Place Dealerships, visit parkplace.com.