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Texas Rangers infielders Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder and Adam Rosales playing Fielders Feud

The 14th Annual Park Place Dealerships Texas Rangers Triple Play Game Show Spectacular is slated for Wednesday, May 25 at the Hilton Anatole Dallas.  The evening benefits the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation and supports numerous initiatives including the construction of the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex in West Dallas. The theme for the 2016 Park Place Dealerships Texas Rangers Triple Play is  “Fields of Dreams.”
 
“Park Place Dealerships has been the presenting sponsor of this event since its inception in 2002,” said Rob Sumner, Park Place Dealerships’ director of marketing. “This event has it all: celebrity sightings, great entertainment, and most importantly, an opportunity to raise funds for our community where it is most needed.  Working with the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation every year is a great experience and partnership as we have similar goals in helping kids maximize their potential.”
 
Last year’s Park Place Dealerships Texas Rangers Triple Play event raised more than $610,000 for the Rangers Baseball Foundation. Celebrating its 25th year, the Foundation has given back more than $14 million to help area children. The Foundation provides support for youth baseball programs, youth education, youth health, and youth in crisis.
 
“The Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy really will be a field where dreams come true,” said Karin Morris, executive director of the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. “This state-of-the-art facility will provide children across North Texas with a safe place to play baseball and softball. In addition to providing year-round baseball and softball instruction, the Academy will host tournaments, coaching clinics, and skills camps. It will also give young students access to tutoring programs, college prep classes, college and career fairs, financial literacy and internship programs, and MLB industry alternative career workshops.”

The Park Place Dealerships Texas Rangers Triple Play features live and silent auctions, which gives fans the opportunity to bid on fabulous live and silent auction items such as trips to see the Rangers play at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Colorado’s Coors Field, and Houston’s Minute Maid Park, private hitting and pitching lessons with current Rangers players, and many other exclusive Rangers experiences.

One of the evening’s highlights is the Rangers’ players competing against each other in a pair of game shows. This year’s competitions will see the return of the very popular Fielders Feud and Minute to Win It.
 
The Texas Rangers players, coaches, and front office personnel attend the event, so guests get unique access to players and management for autographs and to get a picture with a favorite player.  Every year guests remark how much they enjoyed the up close and personal interaction with players and coaches.

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 and three body shops. Park Place represents the following luxury brands: Jaguar, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Infiniti, Volvo, smart, Lotus, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, and Maserati. For more information about Park Place Dealerships, visit www.parkplace.com
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Park Place Dealerships revealed the new XE sport sedan and F-Pace SUV at a lavish party in the Status Jet hangar at Addison Airport.
 
Jaguar is jumping into the hot compact-luxury SUV segment and the F-Pace proves to be well worth the wait. The sporty SUV takes its athletic prowess from the F-Type sports car. And the peppy all-wheel drive crossover does not disappoint. The 2017 XE will be a breath of fresh air to the compact sports sedan enthusiast.
 
More than 900 Jaguar enthusiasts poured into the hangar to get an opportunity to see both vehicles up close and personal. Guests enjoyed the artistry of Elliott From, who created two original works of art on stage that were later auctioned off to the highest bidder to benefit Wilkinson Center.
 
During the evening, Park Place Dealerships donated $10,000 to the Wilkinson Center, which transforms the lives of Dallas families struggling with poverty. A check was presented to
Wilkinson Center Executive Director Anne Reeder and Vodi Cook, Donor Relations for Wilkinson Center. Park Place Dealerships is the presenting sponsor for the 2016 White Party, benefiting Wilkinson Center, which will be held 9 pm – 2 am at 6500 Cedar Springs in Dallas on Saturday, June 4th. White attire is requested. Tickets are available at http://whiteparty.info.

Flavorful bites from TK Culinary, Kent Rathbun Caterers, Naturally Curly Cook and Lombardi Family Concepts, as well as sweet frozen treats from Berry Naked Pops tantalized guests’ palates throughout the evening.  Artful sips from Hendrick’s Gin, Reyka Vodka, Heineken beer, and Sugaire Infused Teas were also enjoyed by guests.

Celebrity Cruises donated an amazing British Open Signature Sailing Experience, which includes a 12-night all-inclusive cruise with tickets to the premier golfing event as a raffle prize, which was won by Mark & Nancy Craiker. Proceeds from the raffle were also donated to Wilkinson Center.

The F-Pace 35t starts at $43,385 MSRP; while an S model weighs in at $57,695 with a choice of a 3.0 Liter 340 hp V-6 or a 380 hp turbocharged V-6.  The 20d 2.0 Liter diesel will be available this fall, starting at $41,985. All feature the legendary Jaguar growl that will turn heads at the soccer fields.
 
Starting at $40,000 MSRP, the XE will offer a 180 hp diesel or a supercharged V-6 in the XE S. The extensive use of aluminum in the construction kept the sedan light and responsive, while the strategic placement of the steel towards the middle and rear of the car keeps it steady in tight curves. In short, the XE is a fun car to drive.

Every 2016 Jaguar comes with the reassurance of a best-in-class, 5-year/60,000-mile coverage, which includes a New Vehicle Limited Warranty, complimentary scheduled maintenance, roadside assistance and Jaguar InControl Remote & Protect. For complete details regarding Jaguar EliteCare coverage, please visit JAGUARUSA.COM, call 1.800.4.JAGUAR or visit your local Jaguar Retailer.
 
Park Place Jaguar Plano was one of only 16 Jaguar retailers nationwide to receive the Pride of Jaguar Retailer Excellence Award this year.  Park Place Jaguar has won the award for the past five consecutive years.

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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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.