Thursday, March 7, 2013
Ebby Halliday, Grande Dame of Dallas real estate, celebrated her 102nd birthday at Southfork
Her actual birthday is March 9.
PLANO Almost 500 members of the Ebby Halliday Companies gathered at Southfork Ranch on Tuesday, March 5, bright and early in the morning to celebrate Ebby’s 102nd birthday. The festive event included a pancake breakfast with all the fun fixins.
Ms. Ebby had a wonderful time posing for photos with hundreds of friends and colleagues and sitting in her gold throne when it just got to be too much. Oh, and Ms. Ebby dressed for the occasion, wearing a brand-new pair of cowboy roper boots she bought just the day before.
I’m happy the Dallas media covered this event: Ebby Halliday will be 102 on March 9, 2013. She is amazing and clearly one of the most beloved women in all of Texas, heck, all of real estate!
The Dallas Morning News’ Cheryl Hall says “Miss Ellie may have been TV’s grande dame of Southfork, but on Tuesday, Ebby Halliday was the ranch’s queen for the day.”
It reminded me of Ebby’s birthday party last year at Eddie Deen’s ranch. Once again, Ebbie ate pancakes, bacon, biscuits and gravy, and fruit — I guess breakfast must be her favorite meal.
As usual, Ebby will send $6,000 from the celebratory event to her namesake elementary school in South Dallas.
Wearing a black cowgirl skirt and those new roper boots, Ebby and her PA skipped their usual trip to In-N-Out Burger to get decked out for the party in Western style, says Cheryl.
Randall Graham, vice president of corporate marketing, said “Can you imagine when Ebby comes walking into Cavender’s: ‘I need some boots for my 102nd birthday.’” He laughed, “Isn’t that the best?”
Ebby gave out real horseshoes as party favors. They said, “Thank you for helping me celebrate my 102nd birthday.” True to her nature, she included instructions telling ya to keep the open end pointed up to hold in the good luck -- good luck which is catching on the real estate market right now.
The breakfast party ended shortly before noon so her 1,500 agents could get back to work and showing houses. Last year, those sales associates completed 16,000 property deals with a sales volume of $4.8 billion for the company. That’s about an average of 10.67 homes per agent.
“Home sales,” says Ebby, “are rip-roaring!”
Not as much as Ms. Ebby. We wish her the best birthday week ever, and many more!
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