Special Delivery: Christmas Spirit


Special Delivery: Christmas Spirit

 

Members of the Ebby Halliday Realtors family delivered toys and gifts for the excited and deserving students at Ebby Halliday Elementary School today.

 

The gifts were handpicked with care by Ebby employees based on the wish lists of the children. Gifts ranged from clothing and dolls to Legos, sports gear and flashcards.

 

Ebby’s namesake school is a multi-cultural community of parents, stakeholders and staff in the Dallas Independent School District dedicated to the development of a respectful and supporting learning environment.

 

Ebby, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 104, believed strongly in the value of education. As a child, she attended a one-room schoolhouse. Through education, perseverance and just plain hard work – and the ever-growing and accomplished team she assembled around her – Ebby went on to create what is today America’s 12th-largest residential real estate company by sales volume.

 

In her book, “Ebby Halliday: The First Lady of Real Estate” by Michael Poss, Ebby advised readers to “Make the most of opportunities to learn. Go to college, take special courses, read, listen, observe, and get out there and participate.”

 

Ebby’s advice remains sage for young students like those at Ebby Halliday Elementary and older ones alike. At Ebby Halliday Elementary, students are challenged each and every day to reach their full potential as responsible individuals.

 

We’re proud to support the great kids at Ebby Halliday Elementary not only this holiday season, but year-round, and send our warmest wishes to the children, teachers, administrators, and their families.

North Texas Giving Day is Today


Today is North Texas Giving Day

 

Today, September 14, is North Texas Giving Day, a day when we can all come together and rally behind the nonprofits that make our community a better place to live, work and play. Until midnight tonight, you’re encouraged to donate to one or more of the 2,500-plus certified nonprofits showcased at NorthTexasGivingDay.org.

 

In just eight years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $156 million into the North Texas community – over $37 million in 2016 alone. Donations up to $10,000 made today to the nonprofits listed on the site will be amplified by the general bonus funds and prizes.

 

At Ebby Halliday Realtors, service to the community is one of our founding principles. Three charities particularly close to our heart are WiNGS (Women in Need of Generous Support), home of Ebby’s Place, which serves as a place for poor working women to change their lives; Juliette Fowler Communities, site of The Ebby House, a community for young women who have experienced foster care or have been abandoned, displaced or abused; and Happy Hill Farm, a 500-acre farm near Granbury that is home to North Central Texas Academy. The Ebby Halliday Acers Library is located at Happy Hill Farm.

 

Whichever North Texas charity you choose to support, please visit NorthTexasGivingDay.org today to make a difference in our community.

BvB Dallas Tackles Alzheimer’s


 BvB Dallas Tackles Alzheimer’s

 

We’re proud to once again sponsor Blondes vs. Brunettes Dallas, a powder-puff football game and fundraiser benefitting Alzheimer’s Disease research and awareness.

 

This year’s game takes place Saturday, Aug. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park. Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors, will once again conduct the official coin toss prior to kickoff. Each person who donates $25 receives admission to the game and the after-party.

 

Over the past nine years, BvB Dallas has raised over $3 million for Alzheimer’s research and care in North Texas. For more information and to donate, visit bvbdallas.org.

Wildflower! Guitar Auction Returns


Wildflower! Guitar Auction Returns

 

Ebby’s 190 – Richardson, Campbell-Coit, Preston Plano Parkway and Preston Keller offices are giving back to the community as hosts of the Wildflower! Art & Music Festival’s popular Art Guitar Auction.

 

The auction features guitars decorated by local artists, celebrities, and sports figures. The guitars are on display at the Eisemann Center and sold in a silent auction that runs the duration of the festival. Proceeds benefit the NETWORK of Community Ministries and the fine art programs of the Richardson Independent School District.

 

If you haven’t gotten your tickets to this year’s Wildflower! Festival, now is the time. The festival takes place May 19-21, and features a line-up that includes Lynyrd Skynyrd, The B-52s, Night Ranger, The Outlaws, Shooter Jennings, and Martha Davis and The Motels, among others.

 

The festival’s three-day pass ($65) and single-day tickets ($30) are on sale now. Single-day tickets are $40 at the gate.

Tom Landry Classic Awards Scholarships


 

Tom Landry Classic Awards Scholarships

 

After legendary Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Tom Landry’s passing in 2000, the “Tom Landry Classic” was created to honor his legacy. For 17 years now, “the Classic” has had strong ties to North Texas high school football programs and awarded scholarships to the participating schools’ student-athletes. Although the games are played in the fall, the culmination of the Tom Landry Classic is in the spring when a banquet is held to honor scholarship winners.

 

On April 24, Ebby Halliday Realtors presented its 2016-2017 scholarship winner, Courtney Reid, at the Classic’s annual banquet. It marked the 17th time in as many years that Ebby Halliday has supported the Tom Landry Classic.

 

Scholarship applicants must exhibit Landry-like characteristics and are selected on the basis of three criteria: academic excellence, community service and leadership.

 

“Tom Landry was a man of faith and family, which he valued even more than his highly successful 29-year coaching career, and scholarship recipients like Courtney truly excel in balancing those qualities,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors.

 

Courtney, who will graduate from Lovejoy High School in late May, is a member of the Lovejoy Band and has completed more than 100 hours of community service at The Samaritan Inn and the Allen Animal Shelter while in high school. She is an AP Scholar with Distinction, a member of the National Honor Society, a writer for her school’s newspaper, and a member of the speech and debate team. She will attend Texas A&M University and major in Forensic and Investigative Sciences.

 

Courtney received a commemorative crystal award from Ms. Burleson at the scholarship banquet.

 

“This event — more specifically, this banquet — allows us to pass on the wonderful legacy of Tom Landry to a whole new generation of young people,” says Tom Landry Classic Executive Director Kris Cumnock.

 

“Ebby Halliday Realtors was founded on three principles of service: service to our clients, service to our industry and service to our community,” says Burleson. “We are very proud to support the Tom Landry Classic scholarship program and to be part of an organization that places service to others at the forefront of everything we do.”

 

 

PHOTO: President & CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors Mary Frances Burleson and scholarship recipient Courtney Reid

House of DIFFA Celebrates Fashion, Design, Philanthropy


House of DIFFA Celebrates Fashion, Design, Philanthropy

 

DIFFA/Dallas’ black-tie gala, House of DIFFA Arabesque, takes place Saturday, May 6, at the Omni Dallas. This extraordinary fashion experience includes the Ebby Halliday Silent and Live Auctions, a seated dinner, an exciting mix of philanthropy, theatrics and DIFFA/Dallas’ legendary runway production for close to 2,000 patrons enabling grants for HIV/AIDS service organizations in North Texas.

 

DIFFA/Dallas, formed in 1984, is the only HIV/AIDS organization in Texas that provides funding to local HIV/AIDS service organizations within our community. Highlighting the design community, the nonprofit hosts multiple events throughout the season including Burgers & Burgundy, DIFFA/Dallas Wreath Collection and House of DIFFA. Through your support and generosity, DIFFA/Dallas is able to make a significant impact in our community.

 

For more information and tickets, visit diffadallas.org.

 

Ebby Team Shares Love of Reading with Students


Schools across the Dallas Independent School District celebrated literacy and honored the legacy of children’s author Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) on March 2, which marked what would have been his 113th birthday. Volunteers, including several from Ebby’s corporate office, visited campuses to read to students and help with Seuss-themed activities.

Ebby Staff Members Share Love of Reading with Students

 

Social Media Coordinator Alison Glander, Marketing Project Manager Maria Cross, IT Specialist Janelle McEachern and Web Implementation Manager Ruth Johnson all took time out of their busy schedules to share their love of reading – and their belief that reading can opens the doors to great opportunities and adventures – with the students of the southern Dallas elementary school named for our company’s founder, Ebby Halliday Acers.

 

Ebby Staff Members Share Love of Reading with Students

 

Ebby, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 104, believed strongly in the value of education. As a child, she attended a one-room schoolhouse. Through education, perseverance and just plain hard work – and the ever-growing and accomplished team she assembled around her – Ebby went on to create what is today America’s 10th-largest residential real estate company by sales volume.

 

Ebby Staff Members Share Love of Reading with Students

 

In her book, “Ebby Halliday: The First Lady of Real Estate” by Michael Poss, Ebby advised readers to, “Make the most of opportunities to learn. Go to college, take special courses, read, listen, observe, and get out there and participate.” Ebby’s advice remains sage for young readers like those at Ebby Halliday Elementary and older readers alike.

 

Ruth Reading Small

 

Ebby Halliday Elementary School is a multi-cultural community of parents, stakeholders and staff dedicated to the development of a respectful and supportive learning environment. Students are challenged each and every day to reach their full potential as responsible individuals. At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud to be a part of supporting the great kids at Ebby Halliday Elementary and look forward to seeing them excel in school – and in life.

 

PHOTO AT TOP: Ebby Halliday Elementary Community Liaison Ingrid Baylon, Ebby Application System Specialist Janelle McEachern, Ebby Social Media Coordinator Alison Glander, Ebby Web Implementation Manager Ruth Johnson, Ebby Halliday Elementary Reading and Writing Instructional Coach Claudio Jara, Ebby Marketing Project Manager Maria Cross, and Ebby Halliday Elementary Math and Science Instructional Coach Veronica Bravo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Cops Drive Assists Victims of Crime


Santa Cops Drive Assists Victims of Crime

 

Ebby Halliday Companies employees and sales associates donated over 300 toys, 250 books and 33 bikes and helmets to the 2016 Santa Cops toy drive.

 

Santa Cops Drive Assists Victims of Crime

 

Santa Cops, created and developed by Dallas police officers, assists members of the community who have been victims of crime. Members of the department identify families in need and a selection committee determines whether each family meets the criteria of the program. Those that are selected, based on officers’ observations and comments, are prioritized by need.

 

The next step is the best part of the process: watching the children’s faces when officers bring toys to their home just before Christmas. The Santa Cops program has assisted over 10,000 families throughout the years.

 

PHOTO 1: Ebby President and CEO Mary Frances Burleson and Executive Vice President and Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko are shown among hundreds of items donated to the 2016 Santa Cops drive.

 

PHOTO 2: Dallas Police Officers Stephen Prince, Jim Leakey and Lance White load gifts donated to the Santa Cops program by members of the Ebby Halliday Companies.

 

 

Happy Hill Farm Choir Spreads Holiday Cheer


 

Happy Hill Farm Choir Spreads Holiday Cheer

 

Members of Ebby’s corporate office recently enjoyed a visit from the Happy Hill Farm Choir. Each year during December, the choir makes the rounds to spread holiday cheer to the farm’s corporate supporters. The multi-talented choir treated the audience at Ebby Corporate to spirited renditions of holiday songs — and even provided surprise visits from a spot-on Elvis impersonator and Santa himself.

 

Happy Hill Farm Choir Spreads Holiday Cheer

 

“The Ebby corporate team always looks forward to its annual visit from the Happy Hill Choir,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “Over the years, Ed Shipman, who passed away earlier this year, and his talented staff have helped so many young people grow into happy, productive adults. At Ebby Halliday, we are thrilled to be a part of that effort.”

 

Happy Hill Farm is a 500-acre farm that is home to North Central Texas Academy, an independent, accredited, coeducational and interdenominational college-preparatory day, boarding and international school near Granbury. Boys and girls ages 5 to 18 live, work and study at Happy Hill Farm, which accepts no federal or state funding.

 

Traditionally, more than 90 percent of North Central Texas Academy’s budget has come from donations within the private community from caring individuals, corporations and foundations. The Academy seeks out underserved students and provides scholarships in order that these highly motivated boys and girls receive the opportunity to learn, commit, grow, and eventually assume positions of responsibility and leadership in society.

 

For many years Happy Hill Farm has been near and dear to Ebby Halliday Realtors. The Ebby Halliday Library is located at Happy Hill’s academic complex.

 

To learn more about Happy Hill Farm or to donate, visit happyhillfarm.org.

 

Ebby House Fills Foster Care Void


Ebby House Fills Foster Care Void

 

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

 

Ebby House Fills Foster Care Void

 

The Ebby House is an innovative transitional community for young women who have aged out of foster care located at Juliette Fowler Communities in Dallas’ Lakewood neighborhood (which we also love!) The Ebby House serves young women ages 18-24 as they make the transition from foster care to independent living.

 

Ebby House Fills Foster Care Void

 

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 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 our company’s founder, Ebby Halliday.

 

Ebby House Fills Foster Care Void

 

To learn more about why The Ebby House is such a special place, click here.