Helping Neighbors, Honoring 75 Years of Service

Considered one of Texas’ most successful businesswomen, Ebby Halliday Acers left a mark not only as a pioneer in North Texas’ residential real estate industry, but as a philanthropist who believed in giving back to the communities her namesake company serves. This commitment to, in her words, “do something for someone every day,” is still very much a part of the fabric of the Ebby Halliday Companies, a Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate, which includes Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew.

To mark our 75th anniversary as a leading real estate provider, we chose to honor this legacy by hosting a fundraising drive across our approximately 2,000 agents and employees to support the North Texas Food Bank and the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Ebby employees reached out to their networks to raise funds for hunger-relief in North Texas at a time when food bank services are needed more than ever due to the ongoing economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Our agents’ work and efforts this year have resulted in a thriving real estate market during a pandemic,” said President and CEO Chris Kelly. “But we know there are so many more in our community who are struggling, and this is a year, more so than ever, to really support them.”

The impact of the pandemic is a driving factor in the Ebby Halliday Companies’ focus on community outreach and charitable giving as we celebrate 75 years of service. And in this season of giving thanks, our storied brand saw a great opportunity to showcase how collaboration and partnership strengthens our communities. 

As the employee giving campaign entered its final push leading up to Thanksgiving, the board of the Ebby Halliday Foundation made a matching gift offer. The Foundation provided a $2 match for every $1 donated (up to $30,000), tripling donations and encouraging agents to meet – and surpass – the $75,000 goal. We are thrilled as a company that not only did we meet the goal, we raised $110,000, providing 330,000 meals for our neighbors across North Texas.

With the ongoing pandemic and its devastating results, food insecurity remains a major issue in our region. If you are able to donate to the North Texas Food Bank or the Tarrant Area Food Bank, we encourage you to “do something for someone today.”

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

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.



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.

Gingerbread Stroll Assists Area Children


Gingerbread Stroll Assists Community Partners of Dallas


You’re invited to “decorate” your holiday social schedule with the fifth-annual Gingerbread Stroll, which runs November 18 through December 1 at Highland Park Village.


Attendees may stroll among 11 Highland Park Village shops to admire and silently bid on ornately decorated gingerbread houses crafted by 11 of Dallas’ premier pastry chefs. All proceeds from the 2016 Gingerbread Stroll will benefit Community Partners of Dallas, which provides support for abused and neglected children.


Gingerbread Stroll Assists Community Partners of Dallas


Some of Dallas’ finest chefs will be producing festive masterpieces for the 2016 Gingerbread Stroll. Merchants showcasing gingerbread houses include Beretta Gallery, Bistro 31, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Leggiadro, MARKET Highland Park, Robert Talbott Carmel, Roberta Roller Rabbit, Royal Blue Grocery, Stella McCartney, Trina Turk and Village Barber Shop.


The Gingerbread Stroll has raised over $40,000 to support area children in need since its inception in 2011.

Santa Cops Toy Drive Under Way




Santa Cops Toy Drive Under Way


At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud to serve as a drop-off location for the 2016 Santa Cops toy drive. The drives continues through December 12.


In 1984, Dallas Police officers created and developed Santa Cops, a program designed to assist members of the community who have been victims of crime.


The Santa Cops program has assisted over 10,000 families throughout the years. In recent years, the program has been able to help more than 600 families annually.


New for 2016 is the addition of Kate’s Books! Kate is an officer’s daughter who had the idea to include books along with toy deliveries. This year’s goal is to collect and donate 1,500 new or gently used books to less-fortunate families.


The Santa Cops project typically delivers the fruits of its efforts on the Saturday before Christmas to the citizens of Dallas. The best part? Watching children’s faces when officers bring toys to their home.


Items needed:

*  new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages

*  new or lightly used books (see

*  diapers

*  new blankets, robes, slippers


Santa Cops often needs gifts for older kids. Suggested items:

*  sports items (basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, bean bag toss sets, etc.)

*  bath gift sets

*  arts & crafts items

*  board games

*  age-appropriate books

*  skateboards

*  bicycles (Academy at 4045 N. Central Expressway in Plano is offering a package deal of $35 for both a bike and a helmet for any purchases made for Santa Cops)

*  bicycle helmets


You’re encouraged to drop by the corporate office of Ebby Halliday Realtors at 4445 Sigma Road near the Galleria between the hours of 9 to 5, Monday through Friday, to donate items to the 2016 Santa Cops toy drive. This simple act of kindness is sure to make your holiday season brighter!

Frisco Office Hosts Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Frisco Office Hosts Eighth-Annual Charity Golf Tournament


Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Frisco Office recently hosted its Eighth-Annual Charity Golf Tournament. One-hundred percent of the more than $70,000 raised at this year’s fun-filled event will benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Frisco.


Frisco Office Hosts Eighth-Annual Charity Golf Tournament


This year’s charity tournament and after-party were once again held at Frisco’s prestigious Stonebriar Country Club. The event has grown over the years, from 50 golfers to this year’s 128 golfers, more than 250 attendees at the awards dinner and silent auction, and more than 45 local sponsors.


Stonebriar is one of the finest private country clubs in Texas and we were thrilled they once again hosted our charity tournament. Everyone had a great time benefitting a great cause.


Frisco Office Hosts Eighth-Annual Charity Golf Tournament


Each golfer received 18 holes on the exclusive Country Club course, a deluxe “goodie bag,” a gourmet lunch and dinner, and entrance to the awards dinner and live and silent auction.


Frisco Office Hosts Eighth-Annual Charity Golf Tournament


Ebby Halliday’s Frisco Office is proud to partner with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, which cares for children with orthopedic conditions, such as scoliosis, clubfoot, hand disorders, hip disorders and limb length differences, as well as certain related neurological disorders andlearning disorders such as dyslexia, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. Texas Scottish Rite is building a new ambulatory care center for outpatient services and day surgeries in Frisco.


Frisco Office Hosts Eighth-Annual Charity Golf Tournament


“I’d like to express my appreciation to everyone involved in our eighth charity golf tournament for their service to our community,” says Ms. Macaluso. “Their efforts remind us all of what’s truly important. We’re fortunate to serve a company founded by the legendary Ebby Halliday, whose impact on our community was extraordinary. We’re very happy to honor Ebby’s legacy by continuing to positively impact the North Texas community.”


Frisco Office Hosts Eighth-Annual Charity Golf Tournament


To learn more about Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, visit


Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Frisco Office is located at 1415 Legacy Drive, Suite 100 in Frisco. For more information about the office, its Associates and listings, visit

North Texas Giving Day is Today


North Texas Giving Day is Today


Today, September 22, 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 more than 2,000 certified nonprofits at


In just seven years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $119 million into the North Texas community – over $33 million in 2015 alone. All gifts of $25 to $50,000 given today will be amplified by some of the more than $2 million in bonus and prize funds. These funds are raised by Communities Foundation of Texas and come from businesses, foundations and individual donors. Some nonprofits have additional challenge grants to further amplify donations.


At Ebby Halliday Realtors, service to the community is one of our founding principles. Three charities particularly close to our heart are WiNGS (formerly YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas), 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 new community for young women who have aged out of the foster-care system; 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 today to make a difference in our community.


Kick-Off Event Supports Deserving Students

Kick-Off Event Supports Deserving Students


At Ebby Halliday, we’re big on little folks and the communities they create. We’re also proud to have been a return sponsor of the Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon benefiting the Dallas Cowboys Courage House at Happy Hill Farm.


AT&T Stadium was the place to be earlier today as the playing field at Jerry World hosted hundreds for the annual luncheon benefiting The Dallas Cowboys Courage House at Happy Hill Farm. The event was attended by the entire Dallas Cowboys organization, Happy Hill Farm students and supporters from throughout the North Texas region.


Happy Hill Farm is a 500-acre farm that is home to North Central Texas Academy, an independent, accredited, coeducational, 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 Academy has been near and dear to the Ebby Halliday Companies. The Ebby Halliday Library is located at Happy Hill’s new academic complex.


We’re proud of our association with Happy Hill Farm and encourage you to consider making a donation in honor of Happy Hill founder Ed Shipman’s remarkable life. Mr. Shipman passed away August 22. Memorials may be made here or by mail at Happy Hill Farm, 3846 North Highway 144, Granbury, Texas, 76048.


To learn more about the good work being done at Happy Hill Farm, visit


Kick-Off Events Supports Deserving Students