Don’t be late to the annual event sponsored by the Women’s Council of Realtors, Dallas Network. The Mad Hatter’s Tea and Fashion Show is Friday, Oct. 18, and our own Candy Evans will co-emcee the annual fundraiser for Carry the Load. This event is a fantastic way to network and get to know the best women and men in the business. 

“I am so honored, and also a little bit nervous, to emcee this event along with the beautiful Bette LeMay!” gushed Evans. “It’s truly one of the best Realtor events in North Texas. So many great Dallas Real estate icons have been past presidents of WCR —leaders such as Ebby Halliday, Virginia Cook, Lila Richards, and Allie Beth Allman.”

The event, which has a fashion show featuring real estate professionals, is always a hit.

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Robyn Price and Her Rescue, Sully

Coldwell Banker strongly believes in giving back to the communities they serve.

“We’re a part of the community so giving back is just a natural part of what we do,” Robyn Price, Coldwell Banker Residential, Lakewood.

Throughout the city, they help organize pet adoption events. As a company, their sole purpose is helping people find homes so helping dogs find homes is a natural fit.

Price isn’t sure how they got involved in Homes for Dogs, but she’s been active for years and this year, she’s taking it up a notch.

Inspired by Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses – the annual fundraiser that takes place at NorthPark – Price had an idea. What if they built and raffled doghouses, too?

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Be The Difference Foundation founders at the Wheel to Survive fundraising event. The nonprofit that focuses on ovarian cancer is just one North Texas organization accepting donations during the Sept. 19 North Texas Giving Day event.

If there’s one word that can define the North Texas real estate community, it’s “generous.” And when one of this community’s own needs support, you can expect a response that will blow you out of the water.

That’s what Julie Shrell discovered when she founded the Be The Difference Foundation in 2012 with Lynn Lentscher, Jill Bach, and Helen Gardner. Lentscher and Shrell met through the MetroTex Leadership Academy, as Lentscher works in title and Shrell is a lending expert.

“Many of our supporters are our real estate friends,” Shrell said. “We have been the beneficiary of fundraisers by MetroTex Association of Realtors and Dallas Women’s Council of Realtors.  Not only have they participated with funds, but they have helped us with publicity by creating a video for us, helped us spread the word about Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month by painting toes teal, and by riding in Wheel to Survive.”

The real estate community has continued to show up, too. The first-ever Runway for Hope benefiting the Be The Difference Foundation is sold out. The Sept. 26 luncheon features fashions from Dallas’ uber-luxe retailers, with all of the models strutting the catwalk being ovarian cancer survivors ranging in age from their mid-20s to their 80s. 

“This disease knows no boundaries,” Shrell added.

However, the North Texas real estate community has few limitations, too.

“As a matter of fact, our photographer at this event is Nancy Holzwarth with Real Estate and Friends Magazine,” Shrell said. “We have been honored by the love of the real estate community!”

And the Be The Difference Foundation is just one nonprofit in North Texas that is near and dear to the hearts of Realtors and worth supporting during tomorrow’s North Texas Giving Day presented by Communities Foundation of Texas.

Ready to get up and give? Click here to contribute to Be The Difference Foundation. Plus, here are a few more nonprofits that are favorites with our readers:

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My Little Sweetheart, 2018 Parade of Playhouses

NorthPark Centre is prestigious and just a little picky. To even be invited in is a tremendous honor, but to be invited in and welcomed back for the past 24 years? You’re basically a legend. And if you’ve seen Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses, you know they are legendary.

Every year some of the biggest builders in Dallas toss their construction hats in the ring to build THE BEST playhouses for THE BEST cause – Dallas CASA, an advocacy group for Dallas foster children. We’re talking the top commercial and residential builders, architects and architect firms, and even some spectators that have a tool belt and a dream. Names such as …

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Little White House

Fear not — Ebby’s Little White House is going nowhere (photo courtesy Ebby Halliday Companies).

Among some history buffs, a slight tremor of worry cropped up a couple of weeks ago when zoning change signs appeared at the corner of Preston and Northwest Highway — where the “little white house”, long the symbol of the work of the late Ebby Halliday, has sat for 93 years.

In a town where sometimes history sees the business end of a backhoe before it can be preserved, many preservation-minded folks rightfully worry when those city signs crop up.

In this case, however, those fears are unfounded, officials with Ebby Halliday Companies and the Ebby Halliday Foundation said. (more…)

It’s the most delicious holiday home tour every year, and we look forward to the eye candy (and regular candy) on display in Highland Park Village every year in the form of the eighth annual Gingerbread Stroll. This unique edible home tour features elaborate gingerbread houses created by Dallas pastry chefs that you can view and bid on starting today, Nov. 16, through Nov. 30.

Christine McKenny

All proceeds of the stroll will help support Community Partners of Dallas’ new facility which opens in 2019. Specifically, the Gingerbread Stroll will fund one of their night response visitation rooms, which provides a warm and loving place for children taken into protective care by Child Protective Services as they await their transition to their safe placement. The visitation rooms will look like small houses, so it is fitting that one be named after The Gingerbread Stroll. 

“It is so incredible, thanks to the pastry chefs and community sponsors, that The Gingerbread Stroll has increased in annual giving from $3,000 the first year in 2011, to over $31,000 last year,” says Allie Beth Allman agent and Gingerbread Stroll founder Christine McKenny. “I am hopeful we raise over $35,000 this year for the children served by Community Partners of Dallas.”

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Fiona Richards, Teri Cox, Susan Baldwin, and Candy Evans honored Allie Beth and Pierce Allman at the annual Flora Awards Gala.

From Staff Reports

Allie Beth and Pierce Allman were honored with the 2018 Flora Award for their years of service to the Dallas Community on Oct. 25, the jade anniversary of this prestigious Dallas occasion. The Allmans join the circle of Flora honorees including Peggy and Carl Sewell, Senator Kay Baily Hutchison, Dee and Charles Wyly, Lady Bird Johnson, Laura and President George Bush, Gloria Vanderbilt and Margaret and Trammell Crow. This year’s host committee consisted of honorary chairs and 2017 honorees, Bettye Slaven, Janet Smith and Marilyn Waisanen, 2018 co-chairs Laura Chancellor Black and Kelly Cantu Dees and an extensive list of generous committee members including Former First Lady Laura Bush.

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Developer Tanya Ragan of Wildcat Management is hosting an event from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 that will collect new or gently used handbags filled with toiletries and necessities for the “Pack the Purse” event.

It’s probably more than a coincidence that developer Tanya Ragan of Wildcat Management is both hard at work fixing up the Purse Building in downtown Dallas’ West End and hosting a “Pack the Purse” event from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 27. While the Purse building will likely be packed full of occupants by its completion, Ragan is getting a chance to pack a different kind of purse in the meantime. 

The event, a partnership with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, is a way to get new and gently used handbags full of the kinds of everyday necessities women and children require to look and feel as successful as possible. For Pack the Purse, Ragan is asking the community to donate these handbags, as well as hygiene and grooming products that will fill the purses. The bags will then be donated to the Strong Start program, which focuses on providing the foundation for the lifelong love of learning and giving parents the tools they need so their children have the skills to enter kindergarten ready for a strong start in life. The event will be held at Full City Rooster Roasting Company in Dallas located at 1810 S. Akard St., #100 Dallas, TX 75215.

“It is so important for women to be a support system for each other and empower one another through acts of kindness and encouragement,” Ragan said. “It’s an honor to be able to use my time to support these women and help provide them with the essentials needed to successfully manage their day to day activities.” 

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