Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help Now


Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help Now

 

After making landfall Friday night, Hurricane Harvey has settled over the Texas Gulf coast where it is dropping an unprecedented and catastrophic amount of rainfall. Tens of thousands of our fellow Texans have been impacted by the storm, whether by the initial landfall or the deluge of rain that has fallen in the days afterward.

 

Watching all of this may make you feel helpless, but there are ways to get involved and help the victims of this massive storm.

 

DONATE MONEY

American Red Cross To donate, visit redcross.org, call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

 

The Salvation Army is accepting financial donations. To donate, visit helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-725-2769.

 

The Dallas Foundation has started a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Donate at dallasfoundation.org.

 

DONATE CLOTHING, SUPPLIES

For people interested in helping set up the mega shelter at the Dallas Convention Center, Dallas County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster member Trusted World is accepting new underwear, new socks, new warmups for men, women, children and infants, toiletries/hygiene products, baby formula and baby wipes, bottles, diapers and the Graco Pac n’ Plays for babies to sleep in. Drop off is at 15660 N. Dallas Parkway, just north of Arapaho on the north side of the Parkway. The donations center is open daily from 3 to 8 p.m. daily. TrustedWorld.org.

 

DONATE BLOOD

Carter BloodCare will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey. 1-877-571-1000. Text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999. carterbloodcare.org/donate-blood

 

HELP PETS

SPCA of Texas is expecting 300 cats and dogs to come to North Texas. The agency is asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper. Donations can be dropped off at SPCA of Texas Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the SPCA of Texas at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. Monetary donations can be made online at SPCA.org/gift

 

PROVIDE SHELTER

Volunteer your rental home or room at through rental site Airbnb.com, which is connecting evacuees in the path of the storm with free, short-term lodging. Airbnb hosts are able to volunteer their rentals through a sign-up program at Airbnb.com/disaster

 

VOLUNTEER

The Red Cross and Salvation Army will be involved with disaster relief efforts, providing shelter, fresh drinking water, food, toiletries, clothes, bedding and other necessities. They also are involved with rebuilding efforts once the storm has passed and will send trained volunteers to help with the recovery. The Red Cross and Salvation Army also need volunteers to help at the shelters set up to house people who fled the coast.

Red Cross redcross.org/volunteer

Salvation Army salvationarmyusa.org/usn/volunteer

 

 

ADDITIONAL WAYS YOU CAN HELP NOW:

 

Catholic Charities USA Visit catholiccharitiesusa.org to donate.

 

GlobalGiving Visit globalgiving.org/harvey. Donors can also text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10 to GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

 

Save the Children savethechildren.org. Save the Children’s emergency response team is on the ground in San Antonio, Texas, working to meet children and families’ immediate needs.

 

Apple The multimedia giant has set up a donation link directly on iTunes and App Store. Visit apple.com for more information. Donations will go directly to the American Red Cross.

 

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established this fund administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation to accept tax-deductible flood-relief donations. Donations can be made at ghcf.org.

 

These are just a few of the ways you can help our fellow Texans. Please act now to help our neighbors in need.

 

Agents of Change :: Betty Sanford Crawford


For a lesson in how to be an exemplary citizen of Dallas, look no further than Betty Sanford Crawford. This Top Producer and D Best agent loves and knows Dallas, and not just because she was born and raised here, and traverses its roads and highways daily showing homes with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. She and her family have helped shape Dallas in many ways, big and small, and they are truly invested in seeing it succeed.

 

Betty was taught at a very early age the importance of giving back by her parents, Curtis and Betty, and she eventually married the ideal partner and supporter who would pursue this life philosophy with her. Her husband, John, was for many years at the helm of the city’s urban resurgence through his leadership role at Downtown Dallas, Inc.

 

We asked Betty how her upbringing carried over into her personal and professional lives.

 

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DPM: Tell us a little about your background.
BSC: I am a second-generation Dallas native raised in the Park Cities, as was my mother. We have three generations of Bradfield Elementary School graduates in my family: my mom, my daughter and me.

 

DPM: How did you become involved with the Cotton Bowl and the Arboretum?
BSC: My dad was the founder of the Cotton Bowl Classic, the New Year’s Day game. After watching SMU in the Rose Bowl January 1, 1936, he returned to Dallas to begin planning the Cotton Bowl post-season game for Dallas. You could say I was involved with the Cotton Bowl before I was born.

 

My involvement with the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden began as a visitor who simply loved to enjoy the view and the lovely gardens. Over the years, the Arboretum has grown to become one of the world’s most-visited gardens and tops in the U.S.

 

DPM: What are your roles now with each of these Dallas landmarks?
BSC: For the Cotton Bowl, I serve on the Board of Directors as does my husband John, a previous Chairman. I am also on the Board for the Arboretum.

 

Agents of Change: Betty Sanford Crawford

 

DPM: What are some other ways you serve/have served your city?
BSC: It has been my joy to be involved in these and several other worthy organizations including the Junior League of Dallas, Crystal Charity Ball, Sweetheart Ball, and the Byron Nelson Golf Tournament to name a few.

 

DPM: What makes you most proud to be from Dallas?
BSC: The spirit of volunteerism in Dallas is exceeded by no other city. For the last 40 years and during my time as a real estate agent, I’ve enjoyed being able to share this spirit and all Dallas has to offer with the many families transferring to our area.

 

Thank you, Betty, for sharing your gifts and time to help make Dallas the thriving, culturally rich, world-renowned metropolis that it is today.

 

Agents of Change :: Weston Pugh


The life of a real estate agent can be fun and exciting, for sure. But as with any profession, sometimes a “reality check” helps to reframe perspective and cultivate appreciation for just how good many of us really have it. Some may wait until this check comes to them; others like Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Weston Pugh make it a point to go looking for their own.

For four years now, the Top Producer has been actively serving at Camp Sanguinity through Camp John Marc (CJM) in the very northern reaches of the Texas Hill Country. Camp John Marc was named for the son of Jan and Marc Myers, who died of osteogenic sarcoma in 1987, and the land in Meridian donated by them. Each CJM camp offered serves children and teens who share a common medical or physical challenge. Camp Sanguinity is just one of 11 week-long camps offered every summer, and specifically serves campers who have blood disorders and cancer.

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Weston just returned from his annual week at camp, and we asked him to tell us a little bit about his takeaways and how they impact his everyday life.

DPM: How many years have you been involved with Camp Sanguinity?
WP: I just finished my 4th year as a counselor.

DPM: What is your current role with them?
WP: I am also a first-year board member. We meet the first Monday of the month to go over everything from budgets, to theme night, to how to deal with homesick campers and medical emergencies.

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DPM: Did you have a personal connection to the organization?
WP: Fortunately, I don’t have the typical connection to camp. I was recruited by a very good friend that said I “had to go.” It was five years later when I decided it really was time. One of the best decisions I’ve made as an adult!

DPM: You spend a week of your year in the hot Texas summer sun. What makes it all worth it to you?
WP: This is that time of year that re-centers, realigns — whatever you want to call it — my life. You see these kids that are frail and bald, and they could not be more excited to be at camp getting to act like a normal kid for five days. So it really helps put my life back into perspective. And it’s evident that camp is truly powerful for these kids because we have many counselors that were once campers or siblings of campers. It holds a special place in their memories.

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DPM: What are some highlights from your time at camp?
WP: Every year the staff puts on a theme night, and this year was video game characters coming to life. Those little kids like to have lost their minds! To see them get that excited about a staffer dressed up in a Mario outfit is the best. They also get to do a ropes course with a zipline at the end, and it’s so cool to see them cheer each other on. It’s like they know how important each little victory is, and the victory isn’t winning or completing a task — it’s challenging yourself to go outside of your comfort zone.

DPM: Do you have a particular story that stands out?
WP: One year toward the end of camp, we were at the pool. One of the campers was too tired to get in, so I sat next to him and asked if he wanted to play Uno with me. Over the next 45 minutes, he opened up and shared his story about his treatment and what he and his family had been through. It was amazing to listen to this 14-year-old boy talk in such a mature manner about serious life issues. He was wise beyond his years and touched everyone’s life he came into contact with.

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DPM: What would you most like people to take away from your experience?
WP: Find a charity that speaks to you and then put yourself into it completely. Get involved… stop putting it off! No, really — you’re not that busy.

DPM: How has your work with these campers impacted the way you conduct your real estate business?
WP: It’s so much bigger than that. We all need to remember any person we are dealing with is a culmination of events in their life and not just the tired, frustrated person that is stressed about the move or sale of their home. It’s our job to reassure them — “We’ve got you!”

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Thank you, Weston Pugh, for sharing your summer with these campers and with us!

Agents of Change :: Andy Steingasser


 

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Andy Steingasser keeps plenty busy helping his clients buy and sell across the metroplex. And yet, he still finds time to give back to his community. As the 2017 Equest Chairman of the Board of Directors, he is making a huge impact for area children diagnosed with more than 100 different types of disorders. The therapeutic riding organization, now in its 36th year, serves both kids and adults by providing hope and healing through 1,200-pound therapy horses.

Steingasser can trace his animal-loving origins back to Austria where his father worked at the U.S. Embassy. His family always had dogs and cats back then, so in Dallas, he volunteered at the SPCA and became a board member for the Humane Society of Dallas County. Steingasser first became familiar with Equest when he toured the organization’s facility in Wylie with his Leadership Dallas class.

 

Andy Steingasser stands next to one of Equest's 33 therapy horses.
Andy Steingasser stands next to one of Equest’s 33 therapy horses. (Photo credit: Dallas Voice)

 

We asked him to expand a bit on his devotion to Equest and offer some insights to those who aren’t aware of all the services they provide.

 

DPM: How many years have you been involved with Equest?

AS: I have been involved with Equest for over 13 years, the last five on the Board of Directors. I currently volunteer by serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

 

DPM: What were your first roles with them?

AS: Volunteering in a class for the Autistic Teaching Center, I was assigned to assist autistic riders in the riding program.  I continued as a riding assistant and program volunteer, and was later asked to join the board.

 

DPM: Did you have a personal connection to the organization?

AS: My love of animals and kids led me to Equest and their incredible services for children and young adults, who have historically been relegated to the sidelines.  Imagine children who have only been able to watch siblings, classmates and neighbors join in activities such as organized sports.  Equest’s programs allowed them to finally participate and feel like part of a team, and in some cases going on to win competitions. As the son of an Air Force Colonel, our new Veteran’s program, Hooves for Heroes is also very dear to my heart. This program empowers veterans and military families to take charge of their civilian transitions and assume new roles as civic leaders. I am proud this program started during my tenure on the Board.

 

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent and Equest Chairman of the Board Andy Steingasser addresses the crowd at the 2017 Equest Gala.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent and Equest Chairman of the Board Andy Steingasser addresses the crowd at the 2017 Equest Gala. (Photo credit: Park Cities People)

 

DPM: What would you most like people to know about Equest?

AS: The staff and horses of Equest are the true heart of this organization.  Additionally, a small army of volunteers supplements the staff and makes it possible to provide the services that stretch our donation dollars. Their time, energy and commitment, shows the true devotion on their part.  This is a calling that many times goes unnoticed and unappreciated.

 

DPM: How do you balance being a full-time agent with being Chairman of the Board?

AS: When something is truly important, one somehow always seems to find the time.  I so enjoy serving on the Board of Equest, which provides such a life-changing service and has such an incredible staff.  By delegating that which I can, and playing to my strengths, I am still able to provide great service to my clients while doing what I can for the community.

 

DPM: How has your work with Equest impacted the way you conduct your real estate business? 

AS: Working with Equest has expanded and enhanced the sense of empathy and respect for people instilled many years ago by my parents.  Everyone, not just those with special or different needs, has wishes and requirements that are not necessarily apparent.  Listening to, and respecting my clients’ needs has been a characteristic of my real estate business from the very beginning.

 

In May of this year, Steingasser got the opportunity to mix his passion with his profession when the organization’s Wylie facility was sold to developers. Andy was the Realtor who handled the deal, and not surprisingly, he donated 100 percent of his commission to Equest. Thanks for serving our community so well, Andy!

Firm Helps Bring ‘Blue Skies’ Exhibit to NorthPark


In case you couldn’t tell by our ongoing affiliations with the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, the Dallas Stars, the Dallas Art Fair, and the USA Film Festival, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is devoted to the Dallas’ arts and entertainment scene. We look for compelling opportunities to enhance the lives of our city’s citizens, even beyond that of our business clientele, and help to make those opportunities come to pass through financial contributions when it makes sense.

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This month we’re pleased to partner with 1814 Magazine to bring a traveling exhibit of the works of Geof Kern entitled “Blue Skies” to Dallas. Kern,  born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1950, opened his first studio in Dallas in 1978 after graduating from Brooks Institute, the former photography school in Santa Barbara California.  His early career of fashion and editorial photography let to advertising assignments worldwide on a wide range of subject matter. Professional recognition came through editorial work for magazines such as Esquire, GQ, (the early) Detour, Beach Culture, and Rolling Stone.  With a career now spanning 40 years, Kern has photographed many award-winning campaigns for clients such as Bloomingdales New York, Selfridges London, Matsuda Tokyo, Neiman-Marcus, Mercedes France, Acura, Ford Europe, and Interface International.

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Kern’s hallmark style is creating images with strong contrast in scale and unexpected elements. Twelve 40×30″ giclee prints from the “Art of Fashion” campaign, which embody his style, will be on display at NorthPark Center in front of Neiman Marcus until the end of the month.

 

Agents on Hand To Celebrate MetroTex’s 100th Anniversary


Established in 1917, MetroTex Association of REALTORS represents the entire North Texas region as the area’s largest REALTOR association. It is the second largest Association of REALTORS in Texas, and fourth in the country! They offer programs to advance agent development, lobby for both consumers and REALTORS in Austin, promote diversity within the field and more.

For their centennial anniversary this year, MetroTex is celebrating with tree planting events across DFW to show their “deep roots.” The kickoff was held January 21, 2017, at Moore Park in Dallas. Fifteen Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents were on hand for the event. Many of these agents from across the firm’s five Dallas offices (Highland Park, InTown, Lakewood, Park Cities and Preston Center) are serving/have served fellow real estate professionals — and ultimately the buyers and sellers who rely on them — in various leadership capacities with MetroTex.

From left to right: Robb Puckett, Sales Manager Highland Park Office; Rob Elmore; Susan Gates; Frances Jacobs; Ronda Needham; Steve Habgood, Past President; James Martin, Current President; Steve Killingback; Eloise Martin, Past President; Matt Wilkerson; James Farias; Alicia Schroeder; Shannon Foster; Tommy Hill; Becky Connatser, Director.
From left to right: Robb Puckett, Vice Chair, Professional Development; Rob Elmore; Susan Gates; Frances Jacobs; Ronda Needham; Steve Habgood, Past President; James E. Martin, Current President; Steve Killingback; Eloise Martin, Past President; Matt Wilkerson; James Farias; Alicia Schroeder; Shannon Foster; Tommy Hill; Becky Connatser, Past President Appointee.

To drive home the organization’s ongoing commitment to the community after 100 years of helping people find homes across North Texas, MetroTex will be planting 20 new trees in four locations and then handing out more than 100 trees at each event to the public. Not only do these events demonstrate the organization’s history in and gratitude for Dallas, they help bring greenery and cleaner air to the parks and greenspaces we all love and enjoy.

We appreciate their involvement and dedication to serving other REALTORS and ultimately all of North Texas in this way!

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Agents Help Prepare CitySquare Cottages for New Residents


Ask any real estate agent — preferably one from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate — what they enjoy most about their job, and they’ll tell you: it’s helping people find a place to call home.  A place to retreat after a long day, to regroup and relax, to dream big dreams for themselves and their family, to offer security and safety, to lay their head at night.

No matter who we are or what we do, we all need the stability that comes with having a home base to keep getting up every day and giving life another shot. Ask any homeless person what happens when that is taken away from you, and they’ll tell you it starts a downward spiral that’s difficult to recover from. At least on your own.

No one understands this hard truth better than CitySquare. This compassionate community neighbor, headquartered in the shadows of the I-30/I-45 interchange along Malcolm X Blvd, has been a lifelong friend to Dallas’ homeless. They started 29 years ago as Central Dallas Ministries, with the mission to fight the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy and friendship.  On January 3, twenty-six Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents showed up to their highly anticipated new Cottages at Hickory Crossing, ready to join that fight.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents started off the new year by extending a helping hand to some fellow citizens trying to get back on their feet. Photography by Jason Riley Hoss Photography
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents started off the new year by extending a helping hand to some fellow citizens trying to get back on their feet. Photography by Jason Riley Hoss Photography

The Cottages comprise 50 homes, each 400 square feet, with enough room for a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living area and a front porch. A public registry at Target provided furnishings and basics to stock each cottage, and the agents assisted in setting up and staging 12 of the new homes.

The Cottages at Hickory Crossing are made up of fifty 400 square foot "mini homes" like those pictured here.
The Cottages at Hickory Crossing are made up of fifty 400 square foot “mini homes” like those pictured here.
A resident of The Cottages at Hickory Crossing returns to her new permanent home.
A resident of The Cottages at Hickory Crossing returns to her new permanent home.
The Cottages at Hickory Crossing are just southeast of Downtown.
The Cottages at Hickory Crossing are just southeast of Downtown.
In the spring, residents of The Cottages at Hickory Crossing will be able to plant and grow their own food and herbs in these troughs.
In the spring, residents of The Cottages at Hickory Crossing will be able to plant and grow their own food and herbs in these troughs.

In addition to lending a hand, agents got a first-hand look at CitySquare’s pioneering approach to easing chronic homelessness, one based on a concept called “Housing First.” The model prioritizes providing the homeless with permanent housing as quickly as possible – and then providing voluntary supportive services as needed, such as mental health and medical services, job training and more. Studies show that when potential loss of housing is taken out of the equation, recovery and rehabilitation is more likely to be successful.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.

Scott Kaserman had this to say about his experience at CitySquare: “I learned something new. That it costs the city $40,000 annually for each of their most susceptible homeless persons, while it only costs them $15,000 to build one of these beautiful homes! The cottages have really taken a serious problem and come up with a serious solution. I think this community would help anyone to be better and to do more good in life.”

“What a wonderful project our city has invested in to help people down on their luck,” said Frada Sandler. “The houses are darling and will give them such a sense of pride, in addition to being part of a community that understands and helps their situation. Very rewarding!”

Ged Dipprey summed up the afternoon nicely when he said: “It was an amazing opportunity to finally see that as a city we aren’t apathetic to helping the “least of these.”  CitySquare’s development restores the dignity, hopes and dreams of those fortunate to call one of these cottages “home.”  It was a sweet reminder of the value associated with having a home to call our own and the special privilege it is to help others achieve their own dream of home ownership!”

To see more images from this event, please visit our Facebook page.

The finished product!
The finished product!
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.

PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS: JASON RILEY HOSS PHOTOGRAPHY, FORT WORTH, TX  817-676-5778

Firm fills 11 leadership positions for MetroTex


In North Texas alone, there are 18,000 people involved in all aspects of the real estate industry. Since that’s a pretty sizeable bunch, odds are you know at least one of them, right? Especially with the crazy-strong housing market we’ve had the last few years. “For Sale” signs are everywhere, and hundreds of new agents have gotten their licenses.

Like any reputable industry, these local real estate professionals look to a unifying umbrella organization to help them maintain and further their careers and interests. MetroTex Association of REALTORS® is this organization. They offer programs to advance agent development, lobby for both consumers and REALTORS in Austin, promote diversity within the field and more. Established in 1917, MetroTex represents the entire North Texas region as the area’s largest REALTOR association. It is the second largest Association of REALTORS in Texas, and fourth in the country!

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate — both the brokerage and the individual agents who comprise it — not only benefits from the work MetroTex does, they contribute to it in many significant ways. This year, several agents across the five Dallas offices (Highland Park, InTown, Lakewood, Park Cities and Preston Center) are serving fellow real estate professionals — and ultimately the buyers and sellers who rely on them — in various leadership capacities.

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James Eriksson Martin (top left) – Incoming President
Patty Brooks (top center) – MLS Representative for Oak Cliff
Becky Connatser (top right) – Past President Appointee
Kimberlee Gromatzky (not pictured) – Global Affairs Committee
Eric Holmes
(middle left) – MLS Representative for East Dallas
Angela McCants (middle center) – Vice Chair of Public Education
Dave Millheiser (not pictured) – Global Business Council Advisory Board and Member, Professional Development Committee
Robb Puckett (middle right) – Vice Chair of Professional Development
Alicia Schroeder (bottom left) – Board of Directors and Chair of Public Education
Brian Smith (not pictured) – Global Business Council Advisory Board and Member
Kristin Smith
(bottom center) – Board of Directors and Chair of Young Professionals Network

As President, James Martin has this to say about 2017:

“MetroTex is poised for an exceptional year — incidentally our Centennial — where anything is possible. We’re committed to our cities, members and clients, and with that in mind, we have many events planned. We are launching a four-part New Professionals Entrepreneur Breakfast Series geared toward professional development. We will also be holding five tree-planting community service events throughout the year, with the first to take place next month in South Dallas. Our goal is also to give away 100 trees, free to the communities we serve. Those are just a few examples.

MetroTex has a long tradition of success, and we will use this solid foundation to build a greater tomorrow. Of course, building a greater tomorrow starts today!”

Congratulations to all for making a difference in North Texas real estate!

 

 

 

Dipprey is a devoted Oak Cliff resident


The best dads are known to do anything for their kids. Ged Dipprey of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Intown office is definitely one of those dads. He’s not only  a proud, involved parent,  but a successful real estate agent and a devoted resident of North Oak Cliff. So when an opportunity came along to wear those three hats at once, he jumped at the chance.

Monday, November 7, was the Sixth Annual Rosemont Dads Club Golf Tournament, held at the award-winning Stevens Park Golf Course. Ged along with Dave Perry-Miller’s Intown office served as the event’s Eagle Sponsor and was able to assist the organization in reaching their goal of raising over $5,000. The tournament supports efforts to bring athletics back to the local elementary schools (both Rosemont Campuses in North Oak Cliff).

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Ged’s wife, Lori, has been involved in the PTA and Ged has participated in or financially contributed to the Rosemont Dads Club for several years now. They chose to live in Stevens Park Estates over ten years ago (prior to kids) because they saw the potential in the public school.

“I’m the father of two Rosemont students  (Taylor, age 5 and Gavin age 8),  and we absolutely  love  our local school,” Ged said. “The dual-language program is fantastic and challenging, but living in a diverse community that honors each others’ cultural difference is also important to us as parents. The teachers and staff are great and the community support is unparalleled.”

“We both felt strongly that we wanted a public school option,” he continued, “and we got a strong sense that parent involvement here was high. The other big draw to the neighborhood was being within walking distance to our kids’ school. We absolutely love to walk the kids to school through beautiful Stevens Park Golf Course. It’s a wonderful way to get their day started and reminds us why we chose the natural beauty of Oak Cliff.”

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2016 tournament participants gather around Rosemont Dad Ged Dipprey’s sponsorship signage.

In addition to solid academics, Gavin and Taylor are involved in Cub Scouts and Daisies and several sports. Ged sees the value of athletics for teaching his kids about physical health, teamwork and more. Playing in the golf tournament himself, along with other fathers, helps serve as a tangible example of this to them.

“This group of committed Dads,” Ged said, “have come alongside the PTA to provide financial support to them and to enrich the students’ lives with sports-oriented programs that encourage parent involvement.”

When the Dads’ Group first assembled, he said, they made a concerted effort to address a significant lack of sports-related equipment for the kids’ physical fitness programs. There just wasn’t a line item in their budget for the most basic things so they went out and raised the money to provide kick balls, soccer balls and jump ropes to use at recess.

“This quickly got my attention and I’ve been a proud supporter of this group ever since,” Ged said.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate's Ged Dipprey, second from right, at the 2015 Rosemont Dads Club Golf Tournament.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Ged Dipprey, second from right, at the 2015 Rosemont Dads Club Golf Tournament.

Fast forward, and now the Rosemont Dads Club supports six soccer teams, three volleyball teams and invites over 40 students a year  (4th-8th grade) to participate in their Golf Program which involves coaching from the PGA pros at Stevens Park Golf Course. In addition to the annual golf tournament, the Dads’ Club also hosts a popular 5k run called Dash for the Beads, Movie Night, Student Golf Program, iBike Rosemont (ride to school week) and Field Day.

McKenny lists 11 homes for Gingerbread Stroll


“Decorate” your holiday social schedule with the 5th Annual Gingerbread Stroll, to be held Friday, November 18 through Thursday, December 1, at Highland Park Village. Attendees stroll among 11 Highland Park Village merchants where they can admire and silently bid on ornately decorated gingerbread houses, crafted by 11 of Dallas’ premiere pastry chefs. All proceeds from the Gingerbread Stroll will benefit Community Partners of Dallas – an organization that provides support for abused and neglected children by providing direct resources to caseworkers.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agent Christine McKenny started the annual Gingerbread Stroll to raise funds for area children's charities.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agent Christine McKenny started the annual Gingerbread Stroll to raise funds for area children’s charities.

Dallas residential real estate agent Christine McKenny founded the Gingerbread Stroll in 2011, with the hopes of bringing the community together to raise funds for local children’s charities. Each year, a different charity is selected as the beneficiary of 100 percent of the proceeds, and in 2014, the Stroll raised more than $16,000 for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Community Leader, Lynn McBee, serves as the event advisor for the Gingerbread Stroll. The Gingerbread Stroll has raised over $40,000 for area children in need, since its inception.

“The Gingerbread Stroll has become a wonderful tradition during the most wonderful time of the year,” said McKenny. “People of all ages gather with their family and friends to attend, and it’s always exciting to see how the chefs express themselves creatively. Everyone loves a gingerbread house!”

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agent Christine McKenny started the annual Gingerbread Stroll to raise funds for area children's charities.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agent Christine McKenny started the annual Gingerbread Stroll to raise funds for area children’s charities.

This year’s Gingerbread Stroll attendees can enter to win giveaway prizes, including a holiday carriage ride for six by Threejays Carriages. Attendees also have an opportunity to purchase gingerbread cookies from Royal Blue Grocery and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Community Partners of Dallas.

Some of Dallas’ finest chefs who will be producing these festive masterpieces include:

  • A Sweet Life
  • Architecture Demarest
  • Artist, Evelyn J. Fallgren
  • Charlie’s
  • Pastry Chef Winter Lockwood-Frank
  • Chocolate Secrets
  • Hilton Anatole
  • Hotel Crescent Court
  • Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion
  • Omni Dallas Hotel
  • Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agent Christine McKenny started the annual Gingerbread Stroll to raise funds for area children's charities.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agent Christine McKenny started the annual Gingerbread Stroll to raise funds for area children’s charities.

Merchants showcasing the 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.

Sponsors of the event include, Amy Koellner, Providence Lane Window Coverings; Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate; Digital 3 Printing; Ebby Halliday Realtors; Ed Francis, Legacy Texas; Highland Park Village; HUB International Personal Insurance; Lambert’s; Republic Title, Park Cities; Candy’s Dirt; MODERN LUXURY DALLAS; PEOPLE NEWSPAPERS; Christine McKENNY of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate; Woolery Associates, Interior Design; and Bread Winners.