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Park Place Dealerships and Children’s Health Celebrate 17-Year Relationship

Jul 06, 2017 07:59AM ● By Audrey Sellers

Photo by David Alvey. Children’s Health patient Kristin Alcaraz with Gary Venner, Park Place Dealerships, (left) and Brent Christopher, Children’s Medical Center Foundation

For the past 17 years, Park Place Dealerships has teamed up with Children’s Health to serve children and their families. During this time, Park Place has supported Children’s through the Red Balloon Run & Ride and numerous other events.

Most recently, Park Place Volvo was the presenting sponsor of the Children’s Trust Membership Drive and hosted the annual reception. Inclusive of their support, a $90,000 check was presented to Children’s Health that evening. Park Place has contributed more than $418,000 to Children’s Health over the years.

“As the population continues to grow in North Texas and more families with children move to this region, the scope of our mission and depth of need will increase exponentially,” said Brent Christopher, president of Children’s Medical Center Foundation, in a press release. “The health care industry is also changing at a rapid pace, placing many demands on our limited resources. Support from Park Place not only helps us fund critical programs, but also introduces us to new friends and potential supporters.”

For more than 100 years, the mission of Children’s Health has been to make life better for children. In 1913, a group of nurses organized the Dallas Baby Camp, an open-air clinic on the lawn of Parkland Hospital. Today Children’s Health is the eighth-largest pediatric health care provider in the country, and the only academically affiliated pediatric hospital in the area.

“Children’s Health is vital to the well-being of North Texas families,” said Ken Schnitzer, founder and chairman of Park Place Dealerships. “They provide the gold standard of health care while being mindful to support the entire family during the process. We have enjoyed this long relationship with Children’s and look forward to working together for many more years to promote better health and healing for children and their families. 

Children’s Health is the leading pediatric health care system in North Texas, providing a full spectrum of health care services—from daily wellness and primary care to specialty visits and critical care.

“What’s more important than making a difference in the health and life of a child?” asked Christopher. “The support of companies like Park Place can have a ripple effect on our region’s children and families for generations to come. Our mission of making life better for children is a worthy cause, encompassing three C’s: Care, Cures and Community. We provide world-class care for our patients while supporting and educating the family. We actively pursue improved treatments and cures through research conducted in our hospitals and in scientific labs in collaboration with our academic partners at UT Southwestern. And finally, we work with community leaders and other non-profits throughout the region to improve the lives of children where they live, learn and play.”