Ebby Halliday, Rayfield Wright at 2007 Lions Sight & Tissue Foundation Humanitarian Award Event
by Sharon Adams    Thu, Oct 11, 2007, 04:59 PM

Dallas real estate icon Ebby Halliday and former Dallas Cowboy and NFL Hall of Fame Inductee Rayfield Wright will be the recipients of the 2007 Lions Sight & Tissue Foundation's “Humanitarian Award” at a come-and-go reception on Thursday, October 18th from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. at the Communities Foundation of Texas, Mabel Peters Caruth Center, 5500 Caruth Haven Lane at Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75225.    The Humanitarian Award Presentation is scheduled for 6:30 P.M.  

EbbysPhoto.jpgFollowing several years in a banquet format, the evening reception will provide a new venue and a new opportunity for more community citizens and Lions Club members to visit up-close-and-personal with this year’s two great recipients.  Proceeds will benefit the Lions Sight & Tissue Foundation and the Foundation's new Mobile Eye Care Coach, which will be on display and available for tours that evening.


Ebby Halliday, now 96 years old, was a self starter in a man's world and began her own very successful ladies hat boutique, "Ebby's Hats" around 1940.  From there she became legendary, building a now 60-year-old real estate empire which bears her name, significant enough within the  multi-county area that the name and logo were changed to just "Ebby" within the last two years. The 2006 sales year saw sales of some $4.7 billion, the best in company history.  Recipient of hundreds of awards for her community and philanthropic work, among others, Ebby has  received the Yellow Rose of Texas Award,  Texas Women's Hall of Fame,  Texas Business Hall of Fame and the coveted Horatio Alger Award.


Rayfield Wright was a 13-year-veteran of RayfieldPhotoSW.jpgthe legendary Dallas Cowboys, whose leadership helped lead the Cowboys to five Super Bowls and two AFC-NFC World Championships.  Standing six feet seven inches tall, Rayfield was known as the "Big Cat" during his playing days.  He served as President of the NFL Alumni Chapter, "Caring for Kids" Program and also co-founded, with former Cowboy Cliff Harris, the non-profit "Kids 4 Tomorrow" organization.  Wright is a member of the NFL All-Time Super Bowl Team, received the NFL Legends Award in 1990, is a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Dallas Cowboys "Ring of Honor" and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2006.


Individual tickets to the Reception are $50 each.  Evening refreshments and beverages will be served and free parking will be available.


Giving Plateaus are: Diamond Sponsors $10,000 and above; Platinum Sponsors $5,000; Gold Sponsors $2,500; Silver Sponsors $1,000; and Bronze Sponsors $500.   Each category of giving allows that many Lions or guests to attend, at $50.00 each.   Appropriate recognition will be given to Plateau Donors in the Reception Program. Any Gifts of $20,000 or more will be recognized with the name painted on the Eye Care Coach. 


No payments will be taken the night of the event.   Reservations must be made in advance by sending checks, payable to: Lions Sight & Tissue Foundation and mailed to Lions Cabinet Treasurer John Landrum, 112 E. Franklin, Waxahachie, Texas 75165.   Please include with your check a list of the guests who will be attending the Reception.


The Reception will be the largest fund-raising effort, this year and each year, for the Lions Sight and Tissue Foundation and the Mobile Eye Care Coach for District 2-X1. Previous Recipients of the LS&TF Humanitarian Award include Kerney Laday, Liz Minyard, Bob Lane, Pettis Norman, Erle Nye, Senator Royce West, and Raymond D. Nasher.

For more information please contact Jo Ann Holt, 469-363-7371 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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written by Bill Melton , October 12, 2007

Thank you Sharon!

written by Charles Norwood , October 12, 2007

Two most deserving honorees recognized for their good works as they assist the great work of Lions Humanitarian efforts to aleviate sight related problems.

written by Charles Norwood , October 12, 2007

Two most deserving honorees assisting a great cause.

written by Lions Int'l District 2-X1 Governor Walllace Roberts , October 12, 2007

Bill Melton and his committee have done an excellent job planning and organizing this reception for two of the most deserving citizens of Dallas. Don't miss an opportunity to meet these two outstanding people as they are honored for their contibutions to Dallas.

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