Ebby Frisco Food, Wine + Spirits Fest Benefits Operation Once in a Lifetime

Ebby’s Frisco Office invites you to its 2nd-annual Food, Wine + Spirits Fest at Frisco Hall on Thursday, August 25, 2022. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will benefit Operation Once in a Lifetime

“One of the founding principles of the Ebby Halliday Companies is service to the community,” says President and CEO Chris Kelly. “Our agents and employees take pride in serving their neighbors across Texas, and I couldn’t be more excited about our Frisco Office’s Food, Wine + Spirits Fest benefitting Operation Once in a Lifetime.” 

Says Bill Tucker, sales manager of Ebby’s Frisco Office, “Ebby Frisco is proud to partner with Operation Once in a Lifetime, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to make the dreams of U.S. service members, honorably discharged veterans and their families come true.” 

The Food, Wine + Spirits Fest’s VIP Experience includes a Riedel Glass Seminar hosted by a Riedel expert. Each participant will receive a Riedel Tasting Set, a $180 value, and taste four extraordinary wines. Afterward, participants are invited to join the Food, Wine + Spirits Fest walkabout featuring world-class wines and local restaurants offering specially curated appetizers. The VIP Experience is $200. 

The Food, Wine + Spirits Fest’s Signature Event features a wine glass and general admission to a walkabout featuring world-class wines and local restaurants’ specially curated appetizers. The Signature Event is $75. 

“Participants in our 2nd-annual Food, Wine + Spirits Fest will enjoy an exceptional evening, all benefitting Operation Once in a Lifetime, the “Make-A-Wish” of the military,” Tucker says. “In seven years, Operation Once in a Lifetime has helped over 159,000 service members and veterans and we’re thrilled to support such a widely respected, local organization.” 

The Food, Wine + Spirits Fest will also feature a silent auction with great prizes, including 2021 Bourbon and 2021 Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey from Sweetens Cove Spirits Company; two whiskey barrels from Jack Daniels; The Tribute Golf Club outing for 4 golfers; Kitchenaid 5-quart artisan stand mixer from Nebraska Furniture Mart; $200 Steve Fields Steakhouse gift card; 4 tickets + 1 parking pass to the Sept. 22 Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels game and more. 

“Even if you’re not a wine enthusiast, you’re invited to the 2nd-annual Ebby Frisco Food, Wine + Spirits Fest,” says Tucker. “It’s sure to be a fun time benefitting a great cause.” 

To learn more about the Ebby Frisco Food, Wine + Spirits Fest and to purchase your tickets, visit ebbyfoodandwinefest.org.

Festivities & Fireworks!

Happy Independence Day! As we approach the Fourth of July holiday, we hope you enjoy the many parades, outdoor concerts, festivities and fireworks commemorating our great nation’s birthday. Here are our picks for the best celebrations in your area!


Kaboom Town

Addison Circle Park

July 3 | 5 – 11 p.m.


Market Street Allen USA Celebration

Celebration Park

June 25 | 7 – 10 p.m.


Arlington Independence Day Parade

Downtown Arlington

July 4 | 9 a.m.


Stars & Guitars

Colleyville City Park

June 24 |  5 – 10 p.m.


Fair Park Fourth

Fair Park Dallas

July 4 | 4:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Independence Day Celebration

Klyde Warren Park

July 2 | 7 – 10 p.m.


Independence Fest 

Bakersfield Park 

July 4 | 5 – 10:30 p.m.


July 4th Celebration

Fort Worth Botanic Gardens

July 3 & 4 | 6:30 – 10 p.m. 

Fort Worth’s Fourth

Panther Island Pavilion

July 4 | 5 – 10 p.m.


July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza

Grapevine Lake

July 4 | 9:30 p.m.


Independence Day Lake Fireworks Spectacular

Lake Jacksonville

July 4 | 9 – 10 p.m.


Lakewood 4th of July Parade

Lakewood and Cambria Boulevards

July 4 | 10 a.m. 


Red, White and Boom!

Downtown McKinney & McKinney Soccer Complex

July 4 | All Day


Park Cities 4th of July Parade

Highland Park Town Hall to Goar Park

July 4 | 9 a.m.


All American 4th & Fireworks

Red Tail Pavilion

July 4 | 6 – 10 p.m.


Southlake Stars & Stripes

Southlake Town Square

July 3 | 3 – 11 p.m.


July 4th Celebration

Various Locations

July 4 | All Day


July 4th Celebrations and Fireworks

Various Locations

July 2 – 4 | All Day


Trophy Club Fourth of July Celebration

Independence Park East

July 4 | 6 – 10 p.m.


Fourth of July Celebration

Lindsey Park

July 3 & 4 | All Day

Cornerstone Brokerage Joins Ebby Halliday Companies

Real Estate Leader Furthers Commitment to East Texas

Residential real estate leader The Ebby Halliday Companies announced today it has acquired Cornerstone Brokerage, based in Tyler, approximately 100 miles east of Dallas. In addition to Tyler, Cornerstone serves the residential and farm & ranch real estate needs of Smith and surrounding counties. It will now operate as Ebby Halliday Tyler.

“This is a very exciting day at the Ebby Halliday Companies as we further our commitment to serving the incredible communities of East Texas,” says Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly. “This acquisition brings together two like-minded, market-leading companies committed to the highest standards of serving our clients and communities.” 

Travis Mathews, Chief Operating Officer for the Ebby Halliday Companies, adds, “Today’s announcement is the ideal next step following our expansion into Jacksonville, allowing our Tyler and Jacksonville agents to create a growing network and expanded market. We are excited to become part of the Tyler brokerage community and to cooperate with our fellow brokerages and agents in the best interests of home buyers and sellers.” 

Founded in 1997, Cornerstone is celebrating 25 years in 2022. The firm’s 19 agents, including its seven partners with a combined 162 years of real estate experience, have always been dedicated to providing extraordinary real estate service to their clients in East Texas.

“We believe those years of experience, along with, listening to and caring for the needs of our clients, have contributed to the growth and success of our company,” says Founding Partner and Broker of Record Andy Guinn. “Our agents and employees are dedicated not only to personal success but to our overall success.”

Adds Partner Melanie Baker, “Although smaller in number, our sales production ranks in the top of our market. This is due to our business being based largely on referrals and repeat clients, offering customer service on a personal level. Our track record of success speaks to the respect we have earned in the community.”

Operating as Ebby Halliday Tyler, the 21 agents from Cornerstone Brokerage are excited to join the Ebby Halliday Companies family!

Says Partner Steven Farrell, “Joining the Ebby Halliday Companies takes us to an entirely new level. We now offer agents and their clients a dedicated and seasoned support team. As a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, we’ve worked with the fine people at Ebby for many years providing relocation services to our clients. Their approach to business is very similar to ours – always putting people first.”

In addition to their affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network of more than 550 premier real estate brokers, and its luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International, agents in Ebby’s Tyler office will benefit from the latest and most relevant real estate technologies, as well as an integrated mortgage, title and insurance experience – a hallmark of Ebby’s approach to making real estate transactions convenient and seamless.

“We are thrilled to welcome our colleagues from Tyler to the Ebby Halliday Companies,” says Senior Vice President of Brokerage Malinda Howell. “Their team has a hard-earned reputation for integrity, service and client satisfaction, and we believe they are an ideal fit for the Ebby family.” 

Guinn, Baker and Farrell, along with the rest of the team at Ebby Halliday Tyler, are actively involved in the community, supporting such organizations as Habitat for Humanity, Christian Women’s Job Corp, and Clark’s 5k, which benefits Young Life and honors deceased Cornerstone Partner Clark Crawford’s dream of sending “a busload of kids to camp.”

The Ebby Halliday Companies are celebrating 77 years of serving the real estate needs of its valued clients. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today is one of America’s most-respected residential real estate brokerages. The legacy of Ebby Halliday is now amplified by the company’s affiliation with HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s No. 1 residential real estate company by transactions. The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to offer the most-convenient, full-service residential real estate experience available, with its in-house brands: Prosperity Home Mortgage, Home Team Insurance, Texas Premier Title and HSTX Title.

For more information about Ebby’s Tyler office, its sales associates and listings, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

The #BettyWhiteChallenge: Fans Pay Tribute to the TV Icon and Champion of Animals

“Animals are near and dear to my heart, and I’ve devoted my life to trying to improve their lives.”

Betty White, 1922 – 2021

Betty White, best known for her television roles as Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls,” was also known for her love of animals – personally donating countless hours and resources to animal welfare and conservation.

Sadly, on December 31 – just 17 days shy of her 100th birthday – Betty White passed away. 

Wishing to pay tribute to the comedic icon and lifelong animal advocate, fans from around the world mobilized on social media and the #BettyWhiteChallenge began trending. 

Set for January 17, on what would have been White’s centennial birthday, the #BettyWhiteChallenge is quickly gaining momentum and encourages everyone to donate at least $5 to animal rescues and shelters in her honor. 

If you would like to participate in the #BettyWhiteChallenge, see our list of local animal rescues and shelters across North Texas. 

North Texas Animal Shelters

Lights, Sights & Holiday Nights!

We’re making a list and checking it twice, these holiday lights are sure to be nice!


Vitruvian Lights: Holiday Lights Spectacular

3875 Ponte Avenue, Addison

November 26, 2021 – January 02, 2022


Holiday in the Park – Six Flags Over Texas

2201 E. Road to Six Flags Street, Arlington

November 19, 2021 – January 02, 2022

Lake Interlochen Christmas Lights

2001 Westwood Drive, Arlington

December 01, 2021  – December 31, 2021


Whistle Stop Christmas

1010 Hillsboro Street, Cleburne

November 22, 2021 – December 31, 2021


Dallas Zoo Lights

650 South RL Thornton Freeway, Dallas

November 19, 2021 – January 02, 2022

Enchant Christmas at Fair Park

1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas

November 26, 2021 – January 02, 2021

Holiday at the Arboretum

8525 Garland Road, Dallas

November 10, 2021 – December 31, 2021


Radiance! A Holiday Light Spectacular

2901 Farm Road 51, Decatur

November 18, 2021 – December 26, 2021


Grayson County Annual Holiday Lights Show

111 RC Vaughan Drive, Denison

November 26, 2021 – December 31, 2021


Radiance! At The Races – Texas Motorplex

7500 US-287, Ennis

November 18, 2021 – January 01, 2022

Fort Worth

Gift of Lights – Texas Motor Speedway

3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth

November 25, 2021 – January 02, 2022

Texas Wild! Wonderland – Fort Worth Zoo

1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth

November 27, 2021 – December 19, 2021


Radiance! Frozen in Frisco

7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco

November 18, 2021 – January 01, 2022

Christmas in the Square

8843 Coleman Blvd., Frisco

November 19, 2021 – January 03, 2022

Grand Prairie

Prairie Lights

5610 Lake Ridge Parkway, Grand Prairie

November 25, 2021 – December 31, 2021


Christmas on Main Street & City Hall Light Show Spectacular

200 South Main Street, Grapevine

November 22, 2021 – January 09, 2022

Little Elm

Magic of Lights

600 Main Street, Little Elm

November 20, 2021 – January 02, 2022


Home for the Holidays

111 N. Tennessee Street, McKinney

November 26, 2021 – December 31, 2021


Deerfield Holiday Lights 

4549 Old Pond Drive, Plano

November 27, 2021 – December 31, 2021

The Colony

The Colony Christmas Spectacular

4900 Blair Oaks Drive, The Colony

December 04, 2021 – January 02, 2022



11455 I-20 West Tyler, Tyler

November 13, 2021 – January 04, 2022


Radiance! At The Ranch

2251 Mineral Wells Hwy., Weatherford

November 18, 2021 – December 31, 2021

Pumpkin Patch Round-Up

From pumpkin spice to pumpkin pie, you definitely need a little pumpkin in your life. Whether cooking up some fall favorites or getting your porch ready for the season, visit these fun, local spots to find your perfect pumpkin. 


Sunset Hill Tree Farm Pumpkin Patch

3400 County Road 206, Alvarado

October 2 – October 31


St. John the Apostle Pumpkin Patch

5450 Mansfield Road, Arlington

September 27 – October 31


Team Family Farms Pumpkin Patch

1042 W. Sherman Drive, Aubrey

September 25 – November 7


Bedford Public Library Pumpkin Patch

2424 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford 

October 14 – October 31


Yesterland Farm Pumpkin Patch

15410 Interstate 20, Canton

September 18 – November 7


Mainstay Farm Park Pumpkin Days

1004 W. Bethesda Road, Cleburne

September 24 – October 31


Main Street Pumpkin Patch at The Square Root

222 N Main St., Corsicana

October 1 – October 31


Autumn at the Arboretum

8525 Garland Road, Dallas

September 18 – October 31

Dallas Farmers Market Pumpkin Patch

1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas

September 18 – October 31

St. James Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch

9845 McCree Road, Dallas

October 2 – October 31


Elves Farm Pumpkin Patch

601 Harvey Lane, Denison

October 2 – October 31


The Big Orange Pumpkin Farm

15102 TX-289, Gunter

September 18 – November 24


Creekwood Pumpkin Patch

261 Country Club Road, Fairview

October 2 – October 31


Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

5100 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound

October 1 – October 31


The Gentle Zoo Pumpkin Patch

12600 FM 2932, Forney

October 1 – November 1


Arlington Heights UMC Pumpkin Patch

4200 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth

October 16 – October 31


Pumpkins on the Prairie

3521 Main St., Frisco

October 8 – October 31


Hall’s Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze

3420 Hall Johnson Road, Grapevine

October 1 – October 31


St. John Youth Pumpkin Patch

1218 E. Debbie Lane, Mansfield

September 19 – October 31


5G Farm

6601 County Road 166, McKinney

September 17- October 31


Shadow Creek Pumpkin Farm

1530 Indian Creek Drive, Midlothian

October 2 – October 31


Pumpkin Patch on the Corner

3101 Coit Road, Plano

September 26 – October 31


Arapaho UMC Pumpkin Patch

1400 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson

October 1 – October 17


Blase Family Farm Pumpkin Patch

1232 E. Fork Road, Rockwall

September 25 – October 31


The Patch at Southlake

101 E. Highland St., Southlake

October 1 – October 31


Lone Star Family Farm Pumpkin Patch

4199 Highway 67, Stephenville

September 25 – November 6

Ebby Halliday Realtors Kick Off 2nd Annual Food Bank Fundraiser

Last year, during the height of the pandemic, shutdowns and layoffs created food insecurity for many North Texas neighbors. So agents and employees of Ebby Halliday Realtors rallied their Ebby Halliday Companies‘ network to collect $75,000 for two area organizations providing hunger relief: North Texas Food Bank and Tarrant Area Food Bank.

Supplemented by a matching gift offer from the Ebby Halliday Foundation, they were able to donate during the holidays more than $110,000, which roughly translated to 330,000 meals.

“It was such a successful effort last year,” Vice President of Brokerage Carolyn Rosson says, “that we would like to replicate it – there is still great need in our community.”

Also VP of Brokerage, Malinda Howell says, “We held a company-wide backpack drive in September, collecting more than 600 supply-filled backpacks for Ebby Halliday Elementary students. And I know heading into the holidays this year, we can ride that momentum, tapping into that Ebby spirit once again.”

Considered one of Texas’ most successful businesswomen, Ebby Halliday Acers left a mark not only as a pioneer in Dallas’ residential real estate industry, but as a philanthropist who believed in giving back to the communities her namesake company served.

This commitment to, in her words, “do something for someone every day,” is still very much a part of the fabric of the Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate, which also includes core services companies Prosperity Home Mortgage, Texas Premier Title, HSTX Title and Home Team Insurance.

With the ongoing pandemic and its devastating results, food insecurity remains a major issue in our region. Anyone able to donate to the North Texas Food Bank or the Tarrant Area Food Bank, is encouraged to visit bit.ly/EbbyServesNTFB and bit.ly/EbbyServesTAFB.

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2021 State Fair of Texas | Friday, September 24, 2021 – Sunday, October 17, 2021

Y’all, it’s fall – which to North Texans means pumpkin spice everything, football and the return of The State Fair of Texas! The time-honored tradition kicks off in all its Lone Star glory on Friday, September 24. 

Big Tex + Big Savings = Texas-Sized Fun. We’ve rounded up a comprehensive list of discount opportunities so you can save on admission (which could mean more corn dogs!). Check out the list below to see the many ways Fair Fans can save BIG this year!


BIG TEX INSIDER PROMO CODES – Sign up to become a Big Tex Insider and receive exclusive State Fair ticket and merchandise discounts and promo codes straight to your email inbox. Each Monday during the Fair, a special promo code will be released that provides Big Tex Insiders special access to $10 tickets good for Tuesdays and Thursdays.

SEASON PASSES – Trying to get the full State Fair experience can be quite hard to do in one day. With the season pass, however, you can enjoy a full 24 days of admission as well as VIP benefits for just $50.

GROUP TICKETS – Enjoy fun times at the fair with all of your friends or coworkers! When purchased in advance, groups of 25 or more can attend the State Fair for as little as $16 per person. Don’t forget to preload Midway game cards and food and ride coupons to any group ticket order. For assistance in purchasing group tickets, call in advance, 214-565-2979. 


MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY IS EVERY DAY – All active military, retired military, and veterans save $5 off on weekdays and $7 off on weekends when they present valid documentation of military service at the gate or online. Spouses of service men and women with a valid Military Spouse ID and accompanying children under the age of 18 also receive discounted admission. For information on how to obtain your Military ID Card before your visit to the Fair, contact your military branch or go to www.cac.mil.

FIRST RESPONDERS DAY IS EVERY DAY – All first responders can save $5 off on weekdays and $7 off on weekends when they present a valid badge or ID card from their department or organization at the gate or online, plus up to three discounted admission tickets for their family members. 


KROGER – Get $3 off premium one-day admission or $5 off season passes when you buy tickets in advance from your local Kroger. Purchases can be made at the checkout counter or service desk until October 17, 2021.

MCDONALD’S – Discount coupons can be found at any participating McDonald’s locations in the North Texas area. Present these coupons at the fair gates to save $5 off general admission tickets on weekdays and $7 off on weekends. One coupon per person. McDonald’s discounts may not be combined with any other offers. 

AFTER 5 P.M. – No matter your age, all adults pay child’s prices at the State Fair of Texas after 5 p.m. SAVE up to $7 on adult tickets when you arrive after 5 p.m. any day of the week.



NORTH TEXAS FOOD BANK OPENING DAY – On opening day, bring two jars of peanut butter for the North Texas Food Bank and enjoy a discounted admission price of $10 at the gate. 


THRILLING TUESDAYS – Most rides are offered at a reduced price on Tuesdays.

DR PEPPER VALUE DAYS – Dr Pepper Value Days are every Tuesday and Thursday and $10 tickets can only be purchased online. Only Big Tex Insiders receive the promotion code for this exclusive savings so be sure to sign up now at BigTex.com/Insider


NORTH TEXAS FOOD BANK, FEED THE NEED WEDNESDAYS – By bringing five canned food items, fairgoers will receive admission for only $5. All canned donations go to the North Texas Food Bank, which helps feed members of the community. $5 admission tickets can only be purchased at the gate on Wednesdays with a canned-food donation.  


THRIFTY THURSDAY FOOD SPECIALS – Thursdays are the best day of the week for foodies, thrifty families, or anyone who can’t get enough fair food! Featured items include State Fair classics like corn dogs, cotton candy and funnel cakes. Participating food vendors also offer one of their signature menu items at a reduced price, ranging from mini versions to regular-size items.

DR PEPPER VALUE DAYS – Dr Pepper Value Days are every Tuesday and Thursday and $10 tickets can only be purchased online. Only Big Tex Insiders receive the promotion code for this exclusive savings so be sure to sign up now at BigTex.com/Insider.

SENIOR DAYS – Every Thursday, anyone age 60 and older gets into the Fair for only $5. $5 admission tickets can only be purchased at the gate on Thursdays. Seniors must present ID to receive the discount.

For more information on this year’s State Fair of Texas, visit bigtex.com. All discounts for the State Fair of Texas will be posted to BigTex.com/discounts.

Special thanks to Ebby Halliday Companies Core Services Team for providing the research for this post.

Photo credits: Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas

Ebby Halliday Realtors Opens Office in Richland Chambers

Ebby Halliday Realtors announced the opening of its newest office, Ebby Richland Chambers, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday August 20.  The office will serve the residential real estate needs of the Richland Chambers Reservoir area, a thriving lake community about an hour from Dallas County, as well as the greater Corsicana area. The new address is 10409 S. U.S. Highway 287 in Corsicana.  

“With so many people moving to the larger Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, and others looking to transition to a more remote lifestyle or invest in a nearby getaway,” Ebby Halliday Companies CEO Chris Kelly says, “it is absolutely the right time for this new location. We’ll be able to help our neighbors in and around Corsicana for many more years to come.” 

Adds Travis Mathews, Vice President of Operations for the Ebby Halliday Companies, “I am so excited with the direction and growth of the Ebby Halliday Companies and to be a part of the incredible momentum this iconic company is experiencing. Our new Richlands Chambers office is a prime example of our commitment to growing our brands across the region, and well beyond.”

Ginger Gill, Sales Leader of the Ebby Preston Center Office in Dallas, will also oversee the Richland Chambers office. Gill helped launch the highly successful Ebby Cedar Creek Lake Office three years ago. 

“While I will be managing this remarkable team,” Gill says, “they are all experienced, local residents who have been selling this area for years and have the lay of the land like no one else. They will continue operating as they have been, providing Navarro County with their expertise in residential, land, farm & ranch and lake sales.”

“The visible location at the east end of the 287 bridge,” Gill continues, “will be convenient for clients in search mode.  It will offer an ideal setting for Associates and clients to meet to discuss residential real estate needs, whether that’s a primary home, a frequently visited second home or an occasional weekend retreat.”  

Gill adds that area sellers who list with Ebby benefit from expanded exposure for their properties thanks to the brand’s established and reputable presence in the region. Simply put, Gill says, Ebby’s listings reach more potential buyers – in particular residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, who make up the majority of North Texas lake-home buyers.

Having celebrated 75 years of service in 2020 to North Texans and those moving to the region, the Ebby Halliday Companies are No. 1 in Texas by sales volume. The Ebby Halliday Companies were acquired by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s largest residential real estate company based on transactions, in 2018. The Ebby Halliday Companies’ Core Services Companies include Prosperity Mortgage, Texas Premier Title, HSTX Title and Home Team Insurance. For more information, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

For more information on Ebby’s Richland Chambers Office, contact Gill at 214-572-1060 or gingergill@ebby.com

Ebby Halliday Elementary Starts the School Year Strong

Agents of Ebby Halliday Companies Deliver Backpacks, School Supplies for Every Student at DISD’s Ebby Halliday Elementary

The Ebby Halliday Companies is built on a foundation of generosity, extending back to the days when Ebby Halliday herself was running the iconic residential real estate brand. Now a new generation of agents have readily adopted her personal mantra, “Do Something for Someone Every Day,” and are living it out in a variety of ways.

A most recent example is the Back-to-School Backpack Drive initiated by the company’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council. Agents were given school supply lists for Ebby Halliday Elementary School in southeast Dallas, and asked to provide. 

The company’s more than 30 offices quickly responded and within a week, hundreds of backpacks filled with notebooks, pencils and more, were being delivered to the school – in plenty of time for Meet the Teacher night on August 12.

CEO & President Chris Kelly was quite pleased by the effort.

“Given what we’ve asked the children in our communities to endure and overcome these past 18 months,” said Kelly, “helping get their school year off on the right note is the least we can do to contribute towards their success. I am incredibly proud of how the entirety of the Ebby Halliday Companies rallied around the challenge issued by our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council.”

Sylvia Sotelo Kidd and Pamela Young are EHC’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion officers as well as sales leaders with Ebby Halliday’s offices in Rockwall and Forney, and Southwest Dallas, respectively.

“The Council’s goal was to gather 650 backpacks and we beat that by three!” said Kidd. ”We also have additional supplies for almost 100 more students.”

“Our mission with community outreach efforts like this is twofold,” Kidd continued. “We want to encourage both internal growth among our agents, staff and executives, and growth among our own community members. We want to ensure they have the opportunity to bridge generational wealth gaps. This mindset can start as early as Kindergarten.”

Added Young, “In addition to this, committee members have already identified a few key areas in North Texas where we plan to hold educational seminars regarding credit and lending, and host other beneficial programs. The potential to own a home should be for everyone.”

Ebby Halliday Elementary opened in August 2011 as part of a 2008 DISD bond package. The two-story, environmentally-friendly school is set in a rural-like area called Rylie where manufactured homes and horses are a common sight. Just behind the school, bulldozers prepare lots for a large single-family housing development, perhaps a sign of hope for community members that owning a home can be for them, too.