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Park Place Dealerships helps build Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity home
By David Alvey. Photos by Michael Ainsworth & David Alvey
Oct 19, 2020
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Park Place Dealerships Managing Director Tony Carimi, Rosemary & Wilber Salmeron, Park Place Marketing Director Anam Ali Hashambhai, and and Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity CEO David Crawford


Park Place Dealerships and Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity broke ground recently on a new home in Dallas to provide a brighter future for a local family. It is Park Place Dealerships’ largest community relations projects undertaken at any given time in the company’s 33-year history and the 11th volunteer-built home in 2020 for Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity.

Park Place Dealerships GMs with Marketing Director Anam Ali Hashambhai (center) with Managing Director Tony Carimi


Park Place Dealerships GMs join Tony Carimi (L) and the future Habitat homeowners Rosemary & Wilber Salmeron to drive in the ceremonial “first nails” for their new home.


“Park Place has significantly invested in supporting our community and empowering our members to improve the quality of life in the communities where we do business,” said Tony Carimi, managing director of Park Place Dealerships. “This is the first time we have embarked on a project this large so that our members throughout the company have the opportunity to work together on a single charitable initiative. It is exciting to know we will help create a home that will bring joy to a family for many years to come.”

Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity House Leader Mike Pruch (yellow shirt) gives Park Place Motorcars Dallas team a safety lecture before they begin the build.


Park Place Motorcars Dallas team




The build will take approximately 10 weeks and will incorporate 160 volunteers from Park Place Dealerships. When the project is completed, this joint partnership will provide a local family with a safe and affordable home. The volunteers are expected to contribute approximately 1000 hours on the construction site of the home.

Park Place Motorcars Dallas team raises the first wall into place.




Future Habitat homeowner Wilber Salmeron puts in sweat equity as he helps build his family's home.


“Affordable housing is a significant challenge in Dallas,” said Anam Ali Hashambhai, marketing director for Park Place Dealerships. “By providing a family with an opportunity to own their home, we are making our community a stronger and a better place for everyone. It’s an exciting time for the family, Park Place members and Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. We are all committed to building a better Dallas as we transform families.”







Dallas Area Habitat empowers families with pathways for affordable homeownership. Serving families with an average annual income of $40,000, Dallas Area Habitat built 54 new homes in 2019 and is on track to build 38 despite the global pandemic in 2020 with an estimated contributed property tax base of $4 million total over its 34-year history.



Park Place Motorcars Fort Worth team hoists the first roof support truss.




The Park Place Cares program supports more than 300 organizations around the Dallas-Fort Worth area throughout the year. Park Place’s 1,400 members are further challenged to volunteer their time and resources to serve local communities. To follow Park Place Dealerships’ build of the Habitat for Humanity home, visit ParkPlace.com/HabitatforHumanity.







Members from Park Place Motorcars Dallas, Park Place Motorcars Fort Worth, Bodywerks Fort Worth, Jaguar Land Rover, Park Place Corporate Office, Park Place Auto Auction, Park Place Porsche Dallas, Park Place Volvo, Bodywerks Dallas, Park Place Lexus Plano, Park Place Lexus Grapevine and Park Place Motorcars Arlington will all have staggered volunteer days to serve at the Habitat home.







Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. The local affiliate was founded in 1986 and has built more than 1700 homes over a 34-year history. Through affordable homeownership opportunities, financial education, advocacy efforts, and neighborhood empowerment programs, Dallas Area Habitat transforms families, revitalizes neighborhoods, and is working together to build a better Dallas. Strategically bringing together public and private funding, community leadership and vision, and thousands of volunteers – we will break the cycle of poverty and transform communities. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit DallasAreaHabitat.org.







Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987. For the past 33 years, the company 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. For more info, visit parkplace.com.