Zooming in on charity

Luxury car showcase drives home support for health of Dallas children

Luxury car showcase drives home support for health of Dallas children

Marvin Jackson, Dr. Jessica Shepherd
Marvin Jackson, Dr. Jessica Shepherd  Photo by Patty Blome
Lexi Thomas, Derek Balzano
Lexi Thomas, Derek Balzano  Photo by David Alvey
Paula Steurer, Debora Klein
Paula Steurer, Debora Klein  Photo by Rhi Lee
Jim Kern, Dirk Burghartz, Patton Chapman, Ken Schnitzer
Jim Kern, Dirk Burghartz, Patton Chapman, Ken Schnitzer Photo by Michael Ainsworth
1st in Class British Classic  winner James Stewart with his 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Limo
The 1st in Class British Classic winner James Stewart with his 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Limo. Photo by Patty Blome
Fashion show
The Highland Park Village fashion show was produced by Jan Strimple. Photo by Rhi Lee
Kelsey Collins, Neil Grossman, Laura Harris
Kelsey Collins, Neil Grossman, Laura Harris  Photo by David Alvey
Shane Walker, Anna Neiman
Shane Walker, Anna Neiman Photo by David Alvey
Dennis Collins, Kelsey Collins, “Enzo” and Kim Collins
Dennis Collins, Kelsey Collins (with “Enzo”), Kim Collins Photo by David Alvey
Marvin Jackson, Dr. Jessica Shepherd
Lexi Thomas, Derek Balzano
Paula Steurer, Debora Klein
Jim Kern, Dirk Burghartz, Patton Chapman, Ken Schnitzer
1st in Class British Classic  winner James Stewart with his 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Limo
Fashion show
Kelsey Collins, Neil Grossman, Laura Harris
Shane Walker, Anna Neiman
Dennis Collins, Kelsey Collins, “Enzo” and Kim Collins

What: Second annual Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase

Where: Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas at Las Colinas

The 411: Rain or shine, the show went on. That is, the Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase, which zoomed into the Dallas Four Seasons on one of the rainiest weekends in October.

"The rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of guests, and we were able to execute the Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase for the nearly 3,000 people who attended," says Ken Schnitzer, Park Place Dealerships founder and chairman, in a release.

Not only did private collectors bring their rare and exotic cars to display in the Collector’s Concours, but the Porsche Club – Maverick Region came together to create an unique Heritage Display to celebrate Porsche’s 70th anniversary.

Best of all, the event supported a charitable partner in a big way.

The event benefited the Momentous Institute, owned and operated by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas since 1920. Each year, the organization serves more than 6,000 children and family members through its nationally acclaimed Momentous School and Therapeutic Services. Momentous Institute focuses on the social and emotional well-being of kids from 3 years old through fifth grade.

Schnitzer presented Patton Chapman, Salesmanship Club president, with the keys to a $55,000 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van to help the organization with its transportation needs for the kids.

Throughout the event, guests ogled more than $100 million worth of unique vehicles from manufacturers, collectors, and car clubs, including the first public display of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the brand's first ever SUV. Attendees also enjoyed live entertainment, food and beverages, as well as a Highland Park Village fashion show produced by Jan Strimple.

Parents even watched their kids play in the rain, driving around in miniature electric versions of Porsche, McLaren, Volvo, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus vehicles. 

And to cap it off, there was a "haute hat" contest, judged by Dallas’ mad hatter Shane Walker. Winner Anna Neiman donned a stylish Rolls-Royce-inspired chapeau that included working lights.

At the end of the day, top three award winners from the Collector’s Concours were presented with the “Spirit of Park Place,” a sculpture hand crafted by Dallas artist Brad Oldham. Winners were Randy Johnson (Best of Show for his 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB 6C), Fred Cornwall (Chairman’s Choice Award for his 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental), and John Kobell (Salesmanship Club Award for his 1980 BMW M1).

Who: Marvin Jackson, Dr. Jessica ShepherdLexi Thomas, Derek BalzanoPaula Steurer, Debora KleinJim Kern, Dirk BurghartzJames StewartKelsey Collins, Neil Grossman, Laura HarrisDennis Collins, and Kim Collins.

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