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When their eyes locked, it was love at first sight. Charles Owen of Argyle just knew it was meant to be when he saw Zeke’s face for the first time.

When their eyes locked, it was love at first sight. Charles Owen of Argyle just knew it was meant to be when he saw Zeke’s face for the first time. 

“This was the start of a life-long relationship,” said Owen. “The truck pulled up and Zeke was super sweet. He came over to the corner of the pick-up and just wanted some attention. At first, I didn’t even notice the truck had a dog in the back, he was that calm. I didn’t go looking to adopt another dog, but seeing how sweet Zeke was just made me want him!” 

As the general manager of Park Place Lexus Grapevine, Owen and members of his team were at Apollo Support & Rescue in Justin to present the no-kill animal shelter with a grant from Park Place Dealerships Season of Giving Campaign.

While there, a man drove up to surrender the five-year-old Bernese Mountain dog.

“Unfortunately, this is not at all uncommon,” explained Danielle Stewart, Apollo Support & Rescue founder. “Many days we arrive to find abandoned animals tied to our fence. It’s really heartbreaking.”

“I know it was a hard decision for Zeke’s previous owners to take him to Apollo,” said Owen. “I hope they know Zeke found his forever home and gets all the love and attention he wants!”

Eighteen North Texas non-profits received a Season of Giving grant from Park Place Dealerships in November. The dealership group awarded $100,000 to the non-profits who serve the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Park Place received applications from more than 400 North Texas area non-profits. They selected the recipients for a Season of Giving grant that aligns with one of Park Place’s Four Pillars of Giving: Education; Medical Research; Advocacy; or the Arts.

“For more than 35 years, Park Place has partnered with local charities that serve Dallas/Fort Worth and surrounding areas,” said Kara Connor, Park Place Dealership’s Experiential Marketing Manager. “We have developed relationships with many amazing organizations who serve North Texas in meaningful ways. We are excited to learn more about these new recipients and learn how we can work together going forward to help them achieve their goals.” 

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, Acura, 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