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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Laura Chancellor Black, Allie Beth and Pierce Allman, and Kelly Cantu Dees

On September 20, supporters of Texas Discovery Gardens gathered to applaud the 2018 Flora Award honorees Allie Beth and Pierce Allman at the Highland Park home of Stephen Jones (son of Jerry Jones), and his wife Karen, whose house is listed with Allie Beth Allman & Associates

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Merriman Park

Merriman Park Elementary parents and local business banded together to create a more welcoming and cheerful space for the school’s 60 teachers. Their efforts inspired us to begin matching schools with businesses and groups who would like to do the same. (Photos courtesy Merriman Park Elementary PTA)

A few weeks ago, I got an email from Katy Hancock, a PTA officer at Merriman Park Elementary School, the kind that I love to get.

In it, she told me about how three parents (who just happened to be experts in their fields) banded together to spearhead a makeover of the teachers’ lounge — a teachers lounge that was sad, dark, and dysfunctional.

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Before

“The PTA had a little money left over at the end of the year,” Hancock said. “We thought maybe we could get a few cabinets and a new countertop.”

But then Kim Armstrong, a parent and owner of Kim Armstrong Interior Design, offered to manage the project.

“Kim stepped in, some amazing MPE families stepped up, and OMG…we have ourselves one very amazing teacher’s lounge,” Hancock said.

Fellow Merriman Park parents Derek Kellogg and Kevin Bryant of Richland Renovations and Bentwood Kitchens, respectively, also got involved, providing labor, materials and more.

“Their contributions and a whopping PTA budget of $2,500 made this possible,” Hancock said in her email.

I took Johnstone up on her offer to see the completed space in person, and met with her, Kellogg, and Armstrong in the now bright, cheery room that is a vast improvement for the 60 teachers that use it. (more…)

Ebby Halliday Foundation Honors Legacy of Dallas Philanthropist, Real Estate Leader | CandysDirt.com

Ebby Halliday Acers was wildly successful in real estate, opening the doors to successful careers for thousands of people. She was also widely admired for her passionate leadership and tireless altruism throughout her life.

This Texas legend is being honored with a namesake foundation that will continue her incredible philanthropic work across North Texas. The Ebby Halliday Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, supports charitable and educational activities that serve women and children in need in the greater North Texas region. Ebby passed away in 2015 at age 104.

“That’s what Ebby did during her lifetime — she helped people and helped organizations [so this foundation will] continue doing that,” said Ron Burgert, chief financial officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies and a founding member of the board of directors of the Ebby Halliday Foundation. “I knew Ebby all my life and she would absolutely be smiling about this and wanting us to carry on after she is gone.”

Among the many tributes to Ebby’s philanthropic legacy in North Texas are Juliette Fowler Communities’ The Ebby House, an innovative transitional community for young women who have experienced foster care or have been abandoned, displaced or abused; the WiNG’s Center at Ebby’s Place, which helps lift economically challenged working women out of poverty; and the Ebby Halliday Library at Happy Hill Farm in Granbury, a 500-acre farm that is home to North Central Texas Academy, an independent college-preparatory day, boarding and international school which seeks out underserved students. And in 2011, she was honored with the new building and naming of the Ebby Halliday Elementary School in Southeast Dallas.

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Real estate magnate Allie Beth Allman and her husband, Pierce, will be honored by Texas Discovery Gardens with the 2018 Flora Award at the annual gala.

Allie Beth and Pierce Allman will be honored with the 2018 Flora Award for their years of service to the Dallas Community on October 25, the jade anniversary of this prestigious Dallas occasion. Since its inception in 1982, The Flora Award has been presented in support of Texas Discovery Gardens, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The honor serves to recognize outstanding citizens who have demonstrated a commitment to community service, natural resource education, protection of the environment and quality of life.

“If there is a worthy cause in Dallas, chances are the Allmans have supported it in a meaningful and generous way,” said Dick Davis, Executive Director of Texas Discovery Gardens. “While the Allmans don’t seek recognition, those of us in the nonprofit world seek every public opportunity to show our gratitude. That they would allow us to honor them for their decades of philanthropic efforts is gratifying beyond words. Yet, we plan to find just the right words at the 2018 Flora Award Gala.”

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