Adopt an Angel in Our Community

Adopt an Angel in Our Community
Ebby Halliday Acers with a few of the gifts collected by members of the Ebby Corporate Office for the 2013 Communities In Schools Adopt an Angel program.


Yesterday, members of Ebby Halliday’s Corporate Office gathered for an early Thanksgiving-style lunch with co-workers. We paused to reflect on what a blessed year it has been and to launch our annual Adopt an Angel drive benefitting Communities In Schools, Dallas Region. Executives and staff members, many of whom have supported Ebby Halliday Elementary in South Dallas since its inception, took the opportunity to “adopt” the school’s students to ensure they have gifts of their own this holiday season.


The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS works at unlocking the academic potential of students who, without support, may not succeed in school.


CIS holds true to a couple of simple, yet very important, core values:

*  Children come first

*  Education is key to success in life


These fundamental values are very much in line with the values of our founder and favorite philanthropist Ebby Halliday and the core principles our company was founded on, which include service to the community.


As we begin to celebrate the joy typically associated with the holiday season, we hope you’ll pause to remember those in our community who are less fortunate. A great – and very easy – way to make the holiday season brighter is by “adopting” your own angel. To get started, visit



Great Women of Texas Event Honors Ebby

Great Women of Texas Honors Ebby


This Wednesday, November 19, our founder and favorite philanthropist Ebby Halliday Acers will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Great Women of Texas Awards Ceremony at the Omni Fort Worth.


The annual event, hosted by the Fort Worth Business Press, celebrates outstanding women in Texas who are recognized for their significant accomplishments in business, civic and social contributions.


Congratulations Ebby!

Blake Shelton, Usher to Play United Way Gala


The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is redefining the term power couple for its 90th anniversary celebration.


Musical powerhouses Blake Shelton and Usher will hit the stage February 6 at AT&T Stadium in the Unite Forever Gala concert sponsored by PepsiCo.


To celebrate, the United Way is giving away a limited number of free seats. Enter by following or liking the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and liking, retweeting or sharing the post about the Unite Forever Gala. Hurry, the contest ends tomorrow night, October 29, at 11:59 p.m. Winners will be announced this Friday, October 31.


Honorary chairs of the United Way Gala include our own Ebby Halliday Acers. To learn more, visit


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!


SMU Tate Lecture Series Kicks Off


The 33rd season of the SMU Tate Lecture Series kicks off September 29 with an evening featuring former Secretarys of State Colin Powell and Madeline Albright.


The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to be in the second year of a four-year sponsorship of the series, which brings a broad range of intellectual and entertaining voices to SMU and the D-FW community. This year’s Ebby Halliday Companies Lecture features Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC News’ Good Morning America, cancer survivor and author of “Everybody’s Got Something.”


A portion of the proceeds from each lecture supports the next generation of leaders by providing full-tuition scholarships and study-abroad opportunities for exceptional SMU students. To learn more, click here.

Pull Out the Platforms and Polyester


You are invited to get down and get funky for a wonderful cause!


Ebby’s 190@Jupiter Office is a proud sponsor of the “Disco Ball” benefiting New Beginning Center. The event, which is the nonprofit organization’s largest annual fundraiser, takes place at The Intercontinental Hotel on September 20 and features Emmy-award winning and Texas Radio Hall of Fame member Jody Dean as emcee and musical guest The Wonders.


New Beginning Center provides education, prevention and intervention programs and services to those affected by domestic violence. To learn more and for tickets to the Disco Ball, click here.

North Texas Giving Day is September 18


After last year’s national record-crushing 75,000 donations totaling $25.2 million, North Texas Giving Day is back with the hope that North Texas will rise to the challenge and outdo itself once again.


On Thursday, September 18, donations may be made from 6 a.m. to midnight to more than 1,600 nonprofits on the website. Donations $25 and above will be amplified by $2 million in bonus funds and prizes.


At Ebby Halliday Realtors, service to the community is one of our founding principles. Two charities particularly close to our heart are the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas, home of Ebby’s Place, the new YW Women’s Center which serves as a place for poor working women to change their lives, and Juliette Fowler Communities, site of The Ebby House, a new community for young women who have aged out of the foster-care system.


Whichever North Texas charity you choose to support, please visit on Thursday, September 18, to make a difference in our community!





Join Us as We Walk to End Alzheimer’s



Mark your calendars now for October 4. That’s when 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.

Tom Landry Classic Kicks Off


After legendary Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Tom Landry’s passing in 2000, the “Tom Landry Classic” was created to honor his legacy. For 14 years now, “the Classic” has had strong ties to Dallas-Fort Worth-area high school football programs and awarded scholarships to the schools’ student-athletes. Ebby Halliday Realtors is very proud to be a return sponsor of the Tom Landry Classic.


This year’s classic hosts the #1 Allen Eagles vs. the #4 Denton Guyer Wildcats on Friday, August 29, at 7:30 p.m. at UNT’s Apogee Stadium. The following day, Saturday, August 30, at 7 p.m. at SMU’s Ford Stadium, the #8 Highland Park Scots take on the #9 Frisco Centennial Titans. As is often the case, each of the communities involved in the games is served by Ebby Halliday.


“Ebby Halliday Realtors was founded on three principles of service: service to our clients, service to our industry and service to our community,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday. “We are very proud to be a part of an organization that places service to others at the forefront of everything we do.”


Tickets to the Tom Landry Classic, available at participating schools, are $6 for students and $8 for adults the week of the game. Tickets are $10 on game day.

The Ebby House: A Place to Dream Big

This story by Stewart Lytle appeared on the front page of the DFW Real Estate Finder section of The Dallas Morning on August 24, 2014. 


Sabrina Porter, president and CEO of Juliette Fowler Communities, presents Ebby Halliday Acers with a chrysalis at The Ebby House ribbon-cutting ceremony.


Named for real estate legend Ebby Halliday Acers, The Ebby House at Juliette Fowler Communities will be home and a classroom for young women who have aged out of the foster-care system.


The first young woman accepted to live in The Ebby House at Juliette Fowler Communities in Lakewood has been in the foster-care system since she was a toddler. Like many foster kids, she became troubled as a teenager and drifted to various residential facilities, hospitals and finally to the streets.


She developed strong survival skills. At The Ebby House she will learn other life skills, like how to open and manage a bank account, wash clothes and walk onto a college campus with confidence.


Later this month, the first resident of the soon-to-open, former nurses’ dormitory will enter Dallas County Community College.


“She has hopes and dreams, and we are going to help her achieve them,” said Kristen Mazza, executive director of The Ebby House.


Named for Ebby Halliday Acers, philanthropist and founder of Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc., the house will soon be home to eight young women who have aged out of the foster system, but who are lacking the support system and life skills necessary to navigate early adulthood, said Sabrina Porter, president and CEO of Juliette Fowler Communities. Over the next five years, 16 former foster girls, ages 18 to 24, will live and learn many life lessons in The Ebby House.


Porter, a veteran warrior of helping young women make better choices, believes that The Ebby House is the fulfillment of the dream Juliette Fowler espoused before her death in the late 19th century. Dallas’ first philanthropist dreamed of caring for older adults, young female teachers and orphans.


In recent years, Juliette Fowler Communities has focused primarily on elder care. Its orphanage closed in the 1970s.


Porter, who came to Juliette Fowler three years ago, re-established an inter-generational environment at the Abrams Road community with the support of her 32-member board. Through collaborative efforts with Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services, foster care in Dallas is provided in a home within the retirement community, as well as throughout Dallas County. She brought in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, called Generations and Beyond School Walls.


With The Ebby House, Porter and her team will provide what the former foster girls and the senior residents need most – a big, interactive family.


Porter met Halliday at an event when they were seated together. Porter told the real estate icon about the new residential facility for young women and asked if she could name the house for Halliday.


The Ebby name has proven to be magic. It brought in scores of donors and volunteers who helped reconstruct the old dormitory, landscape the grounds and provide scholarships for the young women. Having Ebby as a role model, Porter said, will inspire each of the young women who live there to dream big.


If you are interested in how you can be involved with The Ebby House, contact Ms. Mazza at 214-515-1330.