Lakewood Home Festival This Weekend

6702 Anita


The much-anticipated 2014 Lakewood Home Festival is almost here. This weekend, November 14-16, six distinctive homes in this premier East Dallas neighborhood will be featured in the popular annual festival, now in its 38th year.


Ebby’s Lakewood Office is again proudly sponsoring the festival’s Ebby Halliday Holiday Market and Café marketplace, which will transform Lakewood Elementary into a festive holiday bazaar guaranteed to delight any shopper — and just in time for holiday shopping season. There will also be kids’ activities such as bounce houses, cookie/cupcake decorating and photos with Santa.


Hosted by the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA, the Lakewood Home Festival is a communitywide event that raises funds for neighborhood schools. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Tickets are also available at area Tom Thumb stores.


6820 Avalon


6838 Avalon


6903 Merrilee


6906 Wildgrove


6957 Tokalon

Woodrow Cheerleaders Support Ebby House


In lieu of purchasing garters and mums for this year’s Homecoming celebration, the cheerleaders of Dallas’ Woodrow Wilson High School chose to make a difference by making an impactful donation to one of the school’s neighbors: The Ebby House at Juliette Fowler Communities.


Not only did these thoughtful young leaders deliver a check for $400 to benefit the innovative new transitional community for young women who have aged out of foster care, they brought a vase of yellow (Ebby’s favorite color!) roses to decorate the beautiful new home.


The Ebby House, named after our founder and favorite philanthropist Ebby Halliday Acers, is home to young women ages 18-24 as they make the transition from foster care to living independently. The Ebby House offers them a home to live in and mentors to love them while they learn to become self-reliant and entrepreneurial — volunteers and mentors themselves — reflecting the values and life of Ebby Halliday.


For more information on Juliette Fowler Communities and The Ebby House, click here.


Go Wildcats!


HPISD Celebrates Centennial Anniversary

Centennial Co-Chairs Bruce and Leeanne Hunt with Ebby Halliday and President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson during halftime of a Scots football game.


On Sunday, October 19, the Highland Park Independent School District will celebrate its 100th Anniversary with a fun-filled block party. The Ebby Halliday Family of Companies, which includes Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, is the Presenting Sponsor of the HPISD Centennial Anniversary celebration.


The big event takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. at Highlander Stadium and the Multi-Purpose Activities Center across the street. Grassmere Lane will be blocked off for the party, which will feature food trucks, a Kids Corner with bounce houses and more, student performances, the Scots Museum, and a special ceremony at 3:30 p.m. that will include our President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson, a recipient of the HPISD Distinguished Alumni Award.


Congratulations to everyone involved with the HPISD — students, teachers, administrators, parents and volunteers ­– on 100 years of excellence in education!


Join Us as We Walk to End Alzheimer’s


This Saturday, October 4, our favorite philanthropist and real estate legend, Ebby Halliday, and our President and CEO Mary Frances Burleson will once again serve as the Honorary Co-Chairs of the annual Dallas Walk to End Alzheimer’s.


The 3-mile walk takes place at 8:30 a.m. at AT&T Plaza at American Airlines Center. The Dallas walk, one of the nation’s largest, benefits the Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, which is dedicated to providing support and assistance to those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and to their families and caregivers.


Registration for the walk is free; donations are encouraged. Donate $100 and receive an official Walk to End Alzheimer’s T-shirt.


See you Saturday, October 4, as we walk to support North Texans affected by Alzheimer’s! To register or donate, click here.

YW Prepares to Swing Hammers



In October, the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas will officially kickoff the transformation of a 20,000-square-foot building near Dallas Love Field into the state-of-the-art YW Women’s Center at Ebby’s Place. Designed to help women lift themselves and their families out of poverty, the center will be home to programs focused on helping women become strong mothers, advocates for their own breast health, and financially secure.


Over the course of the next five months, we look forward to sharing updates with you on the progress toward opening the YW Women’s Center at Ebby’s Place.  More importantly, we look forward to your engagement with YW’s important work – as a donor, volunteer, and advocate.


At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud of our association with YW and its fantastic team. We join in saluting Catherine Z. Manning, former president of the YW’s board and a current board member, who was recently named an Outstanding Director by the Dallas Business Journal.


Catherine Z. Manning and Ebby Halliday


Call 214-584-2312 or visit to learn more about YW Women’s Center at Ebby’s Place ­– a place where women come to change their lives.

Frisco Golf Tournament Benefits City House


Ebby’s Frisco Office invites you to participate in its Sixth-Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Stonebriar Country Club on Thursday, October 23. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will benefit City House and its expansion into Frisco. City House provides emergency shelter and transitional residential services to children and young adults who are in need due to abuse, neglect or homelessness.


Golf sponsorships and team registration are still available for the tournament. Registrations are due by October 16.


Even if you don’t golf, you’re invited to come to the awards dinner and live and silent auction at Stonebriar Country Club. It’s sure to be a fun time benefiting a great cause, and is only $35.



How’d you like to drive a new Lexus every three months for a year? The Frisco Office is also selling raffle tickets for only $100 for this fantastic opportunity courtesy of Park Place Lexus Plano. Proceeds benefit City House.



Ebby’s Day of Play Celebrated

Mayors Proclamation USE


Balloons, sweet treats and lots of smiles were on the agenda as the Mayor of Rockwall, David Sweet, officially proclaimed September 10 as “Ebby’s Day of Play” in the city. The fun-filled afternoon marked the first celebration of the annual event at Miss Ebby’s Place, the special-needs portion of the KidsZone playground at Harry Myers Park which was funded by a contribution from Ebby Halliday.


“Ebby’s Day of Play Ebby is a reminder that smiling often, thriving on change, investing in a dream and making every day count are more than just words to live by,” says Sylvia Sotelo Kidd, sales manager of Ebby’s Rockwall/Heath/Lake Ray Hubbard Office. “Ebby Halliday has a long-standing belief in the three-legged stool of service: service to the client, service to the industry and service to the community, and this wonderful playground is part of that commitment.”


In keeping with that commitment to service, Sotelo-Kidd announced that Ebby’s Rockwall Office is lending its support to the Rockwall Kiwanis Club’s “Food for Kids” initiative, which seeks to ensure that no child go hungry in Rockwall County.


“Ebby herself was among the very first to donate to this worthy cause,” Sotelo Kidd notes. If you’d like to learn more about how you can be a part of the “Food for Kids” effort, contact Ms. Sotelo Kidd at


Ebby Executive Vice President & Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko, Rockwall Sales Manager Sylvia Sotelo Kidd, President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson, Rockwall Mayor David Sweet, City Manager Rick Crowley, and Ebby CFO Ron Burgert.

Pat Turner of the Kiwanis Club and Angel League for Special Needs Children, Ebby CFO Ron Burgert, Mary Smith, assistant City manager and Rockwall Kiwanis treasurer, Gwen Monahan, secretary of Rockwall Kiwanis, Ebby Rockwall Associate Kathleen Morrow and Rockwall Sales Manager Sylvia Sotelo Kidd.

Sherryl Wesson Honored for Service


Sherryl Wesson, sales manager of Ebby’s Lakewood Office, was recently presented the Chairman’s Award by the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce. The award is given annually to a company and/or individual who has made outstanding contributions to the community and the chamber. It was presented by U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling.


“It’s such an honor to be recognized for doing something I really love,” Wesson says. “I have been involved with the chamber since the 1980s, and am just as passionate today as I was then about economic development in East Dallas.”


Ms. Wesson currently serves on the chamber’s Board of Directors and is chair of the Economic Development Committee. She was chairman of the board in 1996.


To learn more about Ms. Wesson and Ebby’s Lakewood Office, click here.

Peace, Love, and Dragons


The Carroll Education Foundation’s 18th-annual Culinary Celebration takes place September 6 at The Hilton Southlake Town Square. Sponsored in part by Ebby Halliday Realtors, this much-anticipated event will feature dozens of metroplex chefs, specialty wines and cocktails, live and silent auctions, a big board and more to raise money to support the children and teachers of the Southlake Carroll Independent School District. This year’s theme, a tribute to the ’70s, is “Peace, Love, Dragons.”


Ebby Southlake Associate Kelli Henderson is the 2014 Chair of the Carroll Education Foundation. Henderson, who has two children who graduated from Southlake Carroll schools, has directly seen the benefits of the award-winning district. She has been an active member of CEF since 2005.


The 2013 Culinary Celebration raised more than $220,000, all of which went toward teacher grants and student scholarships benefiting the children of the Carroll Independent School District.


Tickets to the 2014 Culinary Celebration, priced at $100 each or $150 per couple, are available at

New Ebby House Fills Foster Care Void



Hundreds of North Texans gathered yesterday afternoon to see real estate legend Ebby Halliday cut the ribbon at the dedication of The Ebby House, an innovative new transitional community for young women who have aged out of foster care opening at Juliette Fowler Communities in Dallas’ Lakewood neighborhood. The newly renovated building will serve young women ages 18-24 as they make the transition from foster care to living independently.


Every year, about 1,500 young Texans age out of the foster care system. Before the age of 21, many of them face severe outcomes due to lack of family and adult connections. The Ebby House program seeks to reverse that trend by offering young women a home to live in and mentors to love them while they learn to become self-reliant, entrepreneurial — volunteers and mentors themselves — reflecting the values and life of Ebby Halliday.


“Ebby and Juliette Fowler Communities believe that these traits are the hallmarks of an empowered individual for our future,” said Sabrina Porter, president & CEO of Juliette Fowler Communities.


Said Ebby, “Knowing that The Ebby House will be a place for young girls to reach their potential is just wonderful.”


We thought you might enjoy taking a peek inside this beautiful home fantastically finished by the talented people at Dwell With Dignity.











We love this message prominently displayed at the top of The Ebby House’s staircase. We couldn’t agree more!