APPLAUSE 2010: Ebby Halliday, Realtors Announces 2010 Companywide Honor Roll


Today we unveiled APPLAUSE 2010 – our Companywide Top Associates for the past year.

These Associates exemplify the utmost in professionalism, having established themselves as leaders in our industry. For over 65 years Ebby Halliday, REALTORS has been in the forefront of the area s real estate market, setting the standard for customer service and building a name that is synonymous with trust. Today, our company continues to be focused on innovation, growth and people. It is those people that we honor today. We applaud their accomplishments and join in celebrating their success.

– Mary Frances Burleson, President & CEO

The following Associates were named to the top of their categories:

In addition to publicity, members of the Companywide Honor Roll will also be special guests at the Ebby 100 Gala on March 9 at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

To see our full Honor Roll featuring all of our 2010 Companywide Top Associates, visit applause.ebby.com.

Congratulations again to you all!

Centennial Celebrations Continue at Homebuilders Association Luncheon


There was no time for rest as Ebby Halliday s 100th Birthday celebrations continued yesterday at the Omni Park West. The HBA of Greater Dallas hosted a birthday luncheon to benefit Home Aid/Builders Care, the official charity of the HBA. It was more than appropriate, considering it was a developer who helped change Ebby’s product from hats to houses in 1945 with a simple challenge: “If you can sell all these crazy hats to my wife, surely you can sell my crazy houses.”

The event highlighted the strong relationship Ebby Halliday and her company have established with area builders over the past 66 years. The above picture is of the temporary Ebby office space in what was then rural Collin County in the early 1970’s as the first Ebby Halliday Plano office was built. Because it was one of the only buildings in the area, builders would regularly stop by for a cup of coffee and the valuable cameraderie it helped to produce between Ebby Halliday, Realtors and area builders still exists today.

Fox 4 News Anchor Clarice Tinsley presented A Look Back at Ebby , featuring highlights of Ebby s journey to the top of the real estate business which was followed by a video compilation of birthday wishes from various friends and Realtors including Roger Staubach, Ruth Altshuler, T. Boone Pickens, Cindy O’Gorman, Paulette Greene, Kay Weeks, Linda Jordan Hobbs, Martha Morguloff and Ellen Terry. The luncheon also included a speech from Mary Frances Burleson, president & CEO of The Ebby Halliday Companies, and a special happy birthday message from Ross Perot which closed the show (see video below).

Ebby Halliday, Realtors is honored to be involved with Home Aid/Builders Care, which aims to build and maintain dignified housing where homeless families and individuals can rebuild their lives in the Greater Dallas area.

You can see photos from yesterday’s luncheon at the Ebby Halliday Facebook page.

And it s not too late to purchase tickets for the Ebby 100 Gala on March 9th at the Horton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

Ebby s Birthday Celebrations Kick Off In Style with a Roast & Toast Benefitting The Foundation Fighting Blindness


It was a red carpet evening as our very own Ebby Halliday was feted at the first of many celebrations to honor her 100th birthday Wednesday evening, benefitting The Foundation Fighting Blindness. Ebby and other guests walked the red carpet at The Hilton Anatole where they posed for photographs before a reception and silent auction in the atrium. Partygoers were entertained with a performance by the Dallas Ukulele Headquarters as they mingled and bid on auction items. Following the reception, Ebby was escorted by Roger Staubach into the Khmer Ballroom as Ross Perot, Rep. Pete Sessions and Dr. Ken Cooper among others sang Hello, Ebby , their special rendition of Hello, Dolly .

There was certainly no shortage of star-studded toasts at the Roast & Toast celebration and one of the most notable was a video of Warren Buffet singing Happy Birthday to Ebby as he strummed his ukulele. Ebby s favorite Maverick, Dirk Nowitzki, also made a video appearance alongside Mark Cuban to toast to her centennial celebration. And they weren t the only Dallas sports stars honoring the birthday girl, the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders performed a routine and the First Lady of the Dallas Cowboys, Gene Jones, also gave a toast honoring Ebby as one of the biggest (and oldest) Dallas Cowboys fans.

The highlight of the night was a special surprise for Ebby – Tony Orlando, her favorite performer, sang Tie a Yellow Ribbon,” a beloved song for Ebby and her late husband, Maurice Acers.

While it was certainly a star-studded evening, some of the most touching toasts came from those that have worked with Ebby for more than 50 years. President and CEO Mary Frances Burleson and Ebby s assistant, Betty Turner, both took over the microphone to share their own special stories and toast the legend.

In true Ebby fashion, the event raised almost $700,000 for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, a cause very dear to her as she has been diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration.

The 100th birthday celebrations continue over the next few weeks and include the Ebby 100 Gala on March 9 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Click here for tickets and details.

Cheryl Hall has a great review of last night’s party at DallasNews.com and be sure to check out photos and videos from the event on the Ebby Facebook page and the Real Estate & Friends Facebook page. Keep checking back as we will post more as they become available.

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate!

Preview the Spring 2011 Luxury Home Market in the Latest Issue of Grand Vie


The Spring 2011 issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine is out and is currently being direct mailed to almost 30,000 luxury homes across the DFW Metroplex. As usual, it s filled with some of the most luxurious homes currently on the market from the spectacular cover home on Highland Park’s famed Armstrong Parkway that will transport you to France without ever leaving your parlor, to the contemporary 1.2 acre Bud Oglesby masterpiece on Park Lane to a residence atop The Plaza which includes amenities at the renowned Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. With everything from stately traditional to ultra-contemporary, this edition also features luxury homes in Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney and Vaquero.

We’re also proud to continue our use of Tag technology. The Ebby Halliday Companies continuously strive to provide our clients with the very best in home marketing, utilizing the most current communication tools. That s why almost every page features a graphic Tag, that when scanned with a Smartphone Tag Reader, immediately delivers a full photo gallery, property details including room dimensions, current price and school information and direct access to the listing Associate via phone or e-mail. Some even feature property videos. This immediate connection to the online world makes it easier than ever for Grand Vie readers to find instant information on their property of interest.

Curious to see how the Tag technology works? Try it out by following these steps:

1. Download the free Tag Reader to your Smartphone at http://gettag.mobi, then follow the instructions for your phone type.

2. Open the Tag Reader and scan or photograph a Tag on any page in Grand Vie (or the Tag above).

3. Property details, more pictures and agent information will load as a web page where you can explore the property more thoroughly (see examples below).

Another highlight of this issue is the spotlight on North Texas philanthropy, and this time our featured charities are the beneficiaries of two of the biggest events in honor of Ebby’s 100th Birthday. The Foundation Fighting Blindness will honor her with a Roast & Toast Gala on February 23rd at the Hilton Anatole and proceeds will help drive critical research to save and restore vision in more than 10 million people affected by blinding diseases. The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans will honor Ebby with its Ebby 100 Gala on March 9 at the Meyerson Symphony Center and monies raised will provide scholarships to Texas high school students through the Ebby Halliday Scholarship Fund. Using a milestone birthday to support charitable causes – it doesn’t get much more Ebby than that.

We hope you enjoy the newest issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living. If you d like to see a copy now, you can view the full online edition at grandviemagazine.com.

Ebby featured in SMU Daily Campus


If you don t know the story of Ebby Halliday s life and her path to become a successful entrepreneur, be sure to check out this great article in the SMU Daily Campus. The article recounts Ebby seeking investment advice from her doctor while having her tonsils removed. He originally declined to offer any assistance, saying he didn t advise women because if they lost money, they cried. After she persisted, he advised her to invest her $1,000 savings in cotton futures. She did and eventually parlayed that savings into $12,000 to open her own boutique, Ebby’s Hats. We all know what happened after that.

To read the article in its entirety, click here.

If you want to participate in any of the celebratory events for Ebby s 100th birthday or send her a personal birthday wish, visit ebby100years.com.

Have You Seen Ebby on the Tollway?


For those of you who haven’t ventured into downtown Dallas via the Tollway recently, be sure to look for our First Lady on her very own billboard in honor of her upcoming 100th birthday. The board shown above is now facing southbound traffic on the Tollway at the Oak Lawn exit.

We thought it was an appropriate location considering Ebby’s Dallas career started in downtown when she arrived in 1938. She sold hats at the W.A. Green store and would venture across the street on her lunch break to check out the competition at Neiman Marcus. Their hats sold for $25 and hers were closer to $3. She went on to open her own hat boutique, “Ebby’s Hats” which was also located near downtown on Fairmount Street. In 1945 when the developer husband of one of her best customers said to her “if you can sell all those crazy hats to my wife, maybe you can sell my crazy houses,” she accepted his challenge, changed her product from hats to houses and the rest is history.

One other interesting side note is about the 1965 photograph of Ebby used on the board. It was a publicity photo taken by Charm Magazine for a major story about “Dallas Women Who Work”.

For the full schedule of 100th birthday festivities, visit ebby100years.com.

Communities in Schools Dallas Region Selected as 2011 Crystal Charity Ball Beneficiary


CISDR announced Thursday that the organization will receive more than $700,000 for their Student Upgrades Stay in School Project as a beneficiary of the 2011 Crystal Charity Ball. The project aims to address the drop out epidemic in Dallas County. With the funds, CISDR will add 14 Community in Schools professional on-campus staff to serve an additional 2,200 students.

CISDR s presentation to Crystal Charity Ball members included a video with testimonials from community leaders and donors. Ebby Halliday, a CISDR donor is featured in the video, speaking about the importance of education, along with Howard Hallam of the Ben E. Keith Foundation and former Ebby Rose of Distinction winner, Jeff Morris.

Ebby Halliday has always been dedicated to improving education. A school in her name, Ebby Halliday Elementary, is currently under construction in southeast Dallas and scheduled to open in August. Be sure to check out the CISDR video featuring Ebby.

Congratulations to the CISDR!

Ebby s Ralph VanDuzee mentioned in Dallas Morning News SportsDay


If you didn t read this Sunday s edition of The Dallas Morning News, you missed a great article by Kevin Sherrington on former University of Minnesota fullback Everett VanDuzee. The article highlights Van Duzee s invitation to join The Green Bay Packers football program in 1926. He subsequently passed on the offer and moved to West Texas where he started a career in the oil business.

Everett VanDuzee s son, Ralph, an agent in the Ebby Douglas Avenue Office, is mentioned in the article. He remembers his late father s thoughts and says that he never regretted his decision to not join the Packers. The incoming freshmen fullback after Everett VanDuzee graduated was Bronko Nagurski, who went on to be one of the greatest football players ever.

Find the full article from Sunday s paper here and learn more about Ralph VanDuzee by visiting his profile on ebby.com here.

COMING SOON: The New Ebby 190 @ Jupiter Office


Back in July, we told you about one of our latest projects, the Ebby 190 @ Jupiter Office which will be located in the Shire Shopping Center in Richardson.

As you can see above, this state-of-the-art facility is coming along nicely, even with the recent weather. Office Manager Malinda Brownlee Howell (pictured) anticipates an April 1 opening date for the office which will serve Richardson, Garland, Murphy, Sachse, Wylie, Rowlett and surrounding communities.

Richardson Mayor Gary Slagel even mentioned us in his latest State of the City Address. You can check it out right here:

Stay tuned for more updates on the grand opening festivities. In the meantime, you can contact Malinda Brownlee Howell for more information at 469-330-1005.

Neiman Marcus Willow Bend and St. John Kick Off the 100th Birthday Celebrations


With all the birthday party galas and luncheons approaching, Neiman Marcus Willow Bend kicked things off with an answer to the question on everyone’s mind: “What do I wear?”

Today’s celebration included a St. John fashion presentation with St. John representative Francine Cohen and NM Public Relations Manager Chuck Steelman, and a proclamation to Ebby from Plano Mayor Phil Dyer.

The event was a joint celebration with the Ebby 100 Gala scheduled for March 9, benefitting the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. In fact, St. John is generously donating 5% of all St. John sales today at Neiman Marcus Downtown, NorthPark and Willow Bend to the Ebby Halliday Horatio Alger Scholarship Fund which will be used for scholarships for Texas high school students. If you missed today’s event, you have until 9:00 tonight to buy your St. John and contribute to this great cause!

To see photos from today’s event, visit the Ebby Halliday Facebook Page.

To learn more about the Ebby 100 Gala, visit ebby100.com or watch this video: