David Alvey – Guest Contributor
Dec 18 2013
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Shonda Schaefer, executive director, GRACE; Grant Morgan, executive chef, The Ranch-Las Colinas; Gary Venner, general manager, Park Place Lexus Grapevine; and Gayle Hall, director of festivals and events, Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Park Place Lexus Grapevine held a toy drive on Nov. 21 benefiting GRACE Christmas Cottage. Guests were encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy to help kick off the Drive for Toys Collection Campaign Celebration. All were treated with celebratory sips by Absolut Elyx and a special champagne holiday toast along with tasty cuisine by The Ranch and Chef Grant Morgan.

Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange (GRACE) is a Grapevine-based non-profit relief agency that provides food, clothing, financial assistance, and other vital necessities to people who are struggling with a limited income or recent emergency. The philosophy of GRACE is that encouraging self-sufficiency will, in turn, encourage community cohesiveness. Compassion and assistance are offered as a response to God's grace by local churches in partnership with municipalities, businesses, civic organizations, and individuals. More info here.

Park Place Lexus Grapevine opened in 2000 and employs more than 225 people today. In 2005, Park Place Lexus was the recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest award presented to a business by the President of the United States. Park Place Lexus Grapevine has been recognized as an Elite of Lexus Dealer 11 years in a row, and received a No. 1 national ranking in customer satisfaction.

Ken Schnitzer founded Park Place Dealerships in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership in Dallas. Today, Park Place Dealerships operates 15 full-service dealerships representing Bentley, Jaguar, Lexus, Lotus, Maserati, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Infiniti, Volvo and Rolls-Royce. In addition, the dealership group includes two Park Place Bodywerks locations and has a third store under construction. Park Place Dealerships has been widely recognized as one of the top companies for which to work in North Texas. For more information about Park Place Dealerships, click here.