Katie was presented with an Ebby Rose bush, a dozen yellow roses and a crystal award plaque. The Ebby Rose, internationally registered as “Ebby,” was created on the occasion of Founder and Chairman of the Board Ebby Halliday’s 94th birthday and the 60th anniversary of her namesake company to honor the real estate legend’s fondness for wearing yellow and surrounding herself with yellow flowers.
Katie was nominated for the companywide award by fellow agents and staff at Ebby’s Frisco Office for her tireless work as chairman of the office’s annual charity golf tournament benefitting local charities. She has chaired the event for five years and has grown it from 50 golfers to 150 and from $10,000 in net proceeds to this year’s more than $46,000.
“This year our office’s fun-filled charity event benefited City House, which provides emergency shelter and transitional residential services to children and young adults who are in need due to abuse, neglect or homelessness,” says Terri Macaluso, manager of Ebby’s Frisco Office. “The tournament and after-party, held at the prestigious Stonebriar Country Club, raised $46,672 for City House, a three-fold increase over the previous year’s total, which benefited United Way. Proceeds went toward the purchase of the first of two homes planned for Frisco. The first home will open next month.”
While Gallivin is grateful for the award, she is quick to point out that it takes a team to organize and run a successful charity event. “I am very honored to receive the Yellow Rose Award. I had no idea I was even nominated,” she says. “It takes the entire Ebby Frisco team to pull this off – we have a great team and everybody works together. Our goal for next year’s tournament is $75,000.”
Congratulations Katie, and thanks to everyone at the Frisco Office for making a big difference for City House!
PHOTO: Shown, from left, are Ebby Frisco Sales Manager Terri Macaluso, Frisco Associate and Yellow Rose Award winner Katie Gallivan, and President and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors Mary Frances Burleson.