Park Place Dealerships breaks ground on Dallas area Habitat For Humanity home to create affordable housing This is the Single Largest Community Relations Effort Undertaken by Park Place Dealerships in the Company’s 33-Year HistoryPark Place Dealerships and Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity broke ground October 7 on a new home in Dallas to provide a brighter future for a local family. It is Park Place Dealerships’ largest community relations projects undertaken at any given time in the company’s 33-year history and the 11th volunteer built home in 2020 for Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity.Transportation is a huge challenge for many GRACE clientsWith little public transportation within north Tarrant County, getting to and from work, school, grocers, clinics, and all other destinations is a constant concern.The kind folks at Sam Pack’s Five Star Subaru of Grapevine know how important reliable transportation is. Recently the dealership worked with a customer to turn her trade-in into a donation to GRACE.Sandi Clark stepped onto the Five Star Subaru lot intent on getting new Subaru. When the conversation turned to the trade-in value of her older model car, Sandi saw the chance to help another person in a much more valuable way.Instead of a using her car as a trade-in, Sandi asked the Subaru salesman, Calum Allen, if she could donate it to GRACE instead. Calum and Dee Boyett, Five Star Subaru Delivery and Public Relations Specialist, immediately contacted GRACE.GRACE was recently selected by Subaru as its 2020 “Share the Love” charity—the third year in a row GRACE has been honored in this way. Each year, GRACE and the Subaru leadership and sales team get together to talk about those who come to GRACE for help.The “Share the Love” campaign runs early-November through the first few days of the new year, and Subaru donates $250 to GRACE for every car sold during that time. In total, Five Star Subaru has donated nearly $130,000 to support GRACE services and programs.Naturally, when the opportunity came to help GRACE with the car donation, Calum, Dee, and dealership manager Tony Hooman jumped at the chance. Our thanks to Sandi, for her selfless generosity, and to the folks at Sam Pack’s Five Star Subaru for keeping GRACE in their thoughts.Vehicle donations are gratefully accepted at GRACE, and recognized as a fully tax-deductible contribution. If you have a car in good running condition and are interested in donating it to GRACE, please contact GRACE Finance Director Teresa Williamson at 817-305-4661.Irving ISD’s Teacher of the YearTeachers are heroes, no doubt! The great folks at Don Herring Mitsubishi honored Irving ISD’s Teacher of the Year, Ana Berry, with a beautiful vehicle to drive during her reign.Thank you to Ana and all the devoted teachers out there who care so much and go the extra mile!Third Annual Duck Race benefits local studentsIn conjunction with the Subaru Loves to Learn initiative Five Star Subaru and the Grapevine Rotary Club have partnered to help Grapevine and Colleyville students with scholarships to provide students with computers that would normally not be available to afford one. Especially during COVID-19 it is important for students to a computer. The more students learn, the more secure they become and gain a thorough understanding and a sense of well-being which helps diminish stress levels. Receiving a computer is not only a wonderful gift, it can be life changing for these students.Sam Pack’s Five Star Subaru of Grapevine & the Community Outreach Center Feed Our KidsSam Pack’s Five Star Subaru of Grapevine pulled out all the stops on Friday, June 19, at the Community Outreach Center Feed Our Kids site.Nearly 200 youngsters from the neighborhoods surrounding the Outreach Center enjoyed packaged meals and a visit from the Tikiz ice cream truck.Feed Our Kids wrapped up its third week by posting some of its largest numbers served to-date. Thursday, nearly 630 children were served at six locations around the city. Today’s number is expected to top that.Lewisville student recognized as Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship recipientIn June, Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville joined Ford Fund & NTX Ford Dealers to award Ford Driving Dreams very first Virtual Scholarship Event.During that time over 250 Seniors from North Texas were recognized with their Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship.Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville was so excited when we found out that one of our Seniors would be showcased- Trinity Ijoma from Lewisville High School! Trinity sent us a video sharing what the Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship meant to her and we at Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville just had to share it to Ford- it touched our hearts!Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville Dealership General Manager Mr. Asim Ali said, “This is where our heart is. Giving back to our community is what set’s our team above the bar. Working hard is instilled in our team, but giving back and helping the community where we live and work is our passion.”“I’ve always been interested in going into the Tech field, even when I was young. Last Summer I attended a state affiliated Coding Summer Camp through North Central Texas College. It was an eye-opening experience for me, because it showed how versatile the Tech Industry can be. That’s when I knew I wanted to major in Computer Science because I enjoyed coding, and coding is a main aspect in Computer Science,” said Ijoma. She continued by saying, “I also want to become a leader in the Tech Industry and help diversify it. I think that more women and minorities should be in positions of power within the industry, which right now is male dominated.”– Trinity Ijoma3rd Annual Tomes Auto Group McKinney Battle of the Badges partners with Carter BloodCareCarter Blood Care is in the middle of a month long blood shortage here in Texas and across the entire nation. For the 3rd year in a row Tomes Auto Group hosted McKinney Battle of the Badges in partnership with Carter BloodCare on Saturday, June 6, 2020. McKinney Battle of the Badges is a friendly competition between our local Police and Fire Departments, to see which group has more donors. Both Police and Fire Department come to Tomes Auto Group premises for the event and donors get to select which organization to support at the time of their donation. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Carter BloodCare took extra precautions on their drive to ensure social distancing. They only allowed 4 donors on their bus each hour to ensure that donors were not in close contact with each other during the entire process. That also allowed them to do extra cleaning of all surfaces in between each donor. Their staff and donors wore masks while they interacted with each other. We had 31 donors and collected 28 units of blood, which will directly impact 80 lives. At our blood drive we had 31 donors and collected 28 units of blood, which will directly impact 80 lives. Tomes Auto Group support in the McKinney Battle of the Badges Blood Drive was crucial in helping to supply blood to local hospitals.Carter BloodCare and Park Place Dealerships Teamed Up to Potentially Save 339 Lives Through Blood DrivePark Place Dealerships hosted the blood drive over two days at seven locations in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington and Plano with 114 donors and 113 units collected, equating to about 339 lives saved. Park Place encourages more Dallas/Fort Worth companies to organize blood drives throughout the summer, especially during the period of critical need.The pandemic’s impact on the blood supply has been profound and sudden. Blood drives were cancelled after businesses, school, universities and houses of worship shut down. Giving blood is essential with or without the COVID-19 pandemic. Blood donors are the only way to provide for transfusions because blood cannot be manufactured. Since the state of Texas has reopened, hospitals are trying to resume a full capacity of medical and surgical services. Six hundred to 800 patients a day require transfusions. Companies and the community can get more information or sign up to give blood at carterbloodcare.org.NTXAD Hits $2 Million Mark in Community DonationsThe Association’s largest donation came in the form of 14 Chevrolet Tahoes and equipment totaling $1 million to the Dallas Police Department (DPD) following the July 7, 2016, ambush in downtown Dallas when five DPD officers and one DART officer were slain.1,016 Pairs of Shoes Donated to Collin County Children’s Advocacy CenterBrandon Tomes Subaru rallied the community on social media and through their website to help meet their goal of 1,000 new pairs of shoes. Donations were dropped off by employees and customers, but monetary donations were also accepted.