Park Place Dealerships is giving away a total of $100,000 before the end of the year to deserving non-profits who are serving the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. The 2ND Annual SEASON OF GIVING campaign kicks off October 3 with the opportunity to apply for a grant between $2,500 to $15,000.
While the company supports more than 250 organizations throughout the year, non-profits always could use a boost as they head into the holidays. Under the umbrella of Park Place Cares, the company’s philanthropic arm, Park Place’s SEASON OF GIVING campaign offers local non-profits who have not received financial support from Park Place this year the chance to apply for a one-time, end of year grant.
“For the past 36 years, Park Place Dealerships has supported hundreds of local organizations with one goal and that is to make our community better,” said Kara Connor, Park Place Dealership’s Experiential Marketing Manager. “Last year, our team wanted to connect with non-profits that we hadn’t worked with and give them an opportunity to receive support. We had a huge response and immediately knew we wanted to do this again in 2022.”
Non-profit organizations must fit the following criteria:
- Organization must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
- The charity must support one of Park Place Cares’ Pillars of Giving, which include: Education; Medical Research; Children’s Advocacy; or the Arts.
- The charity must serve in at least one of the following counties: Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall, Kaufman, Hunt, Wise or Johnson.
- The charity cannot have already received donations or in-kind support from Park Place in 2022.
- Charities must apply by midnight October 23, 2022.
Charities can apply at ParkPlaceCares.com. Recipients will be announced November 7, 2022.
More than 350 charities applied in 2021 with 24 receiving a grant, including Denton County’s Friends of the Family, who used the funds to send kids to camp. Fort Worth’s Don’t Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank was able to purchase a new battery for their electric pallet stacker to move heavy pallets of pet food.
The Cara Mia Theatre in Dallas had just begun their field trips for Title One schools in January 2022 when a surge in COVID-19 forced the theatre to cancel all live performances of LUCHADORA! The organization used the funds from Park Place to film the production for a virtual distribution, allowing more than 3,000 students to see the performance.
Texas Winds used their Park Place grant to provide live, professional musical performances to isolated seniors with 15 concerts reaching 435 people. And in Lewisville, Journey to Dream used their grant to outfit the teenage bedrooms with new comforters, pillows and storage for their personal belongings.
“The process of selecting grant recipients last year was extremely challenging because there were so many worthy organizations,” said Tony Carimi, managing director of Park Place Dealerships. “Our Members are the drivers of the Park Place Cares program. They believe in making a positive impact, one person at a time, and they take great pride in being a part of Park Place Cares through their volunteerism and resources. Park Place Members loved this initiative so much they wanted to see Season of Giving return this year.”
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. 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.