Finch College names Millheiser a distinguished alumnus


We love to tout our agents’ professional contributions to the real estate industry, for there are many. Those are important and all, but at the end of the day, how an agent invests their personal time is often what is most endearing about them. For years, Peggy Millheiser has given of her time freely to others– while balancing it with a successful real estate business — and it’s this lifestyle of service that had the attention of her alma mater (Finch College) earlier this year.

The Finch College Alumni Association Foundation Trust annually presents The Jessica (Finch) Cosgrave Lifetime Achievement Award to honor today’s outstanding alumnae. Peggy was one of five recipients at the 22nd annual award show in May, hosted at the Cosmopolitan Club in NYC.

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Finch was a baccalaureate women’s college located in the borough of Manhattan. It began as a private secondary school for girls and later developed into a liberal arts college. Finch closed in 1976 for various reasons and its enrollment records were passed to Marymount Manhattan College, but the strong alumnae base formed an association in 1993 to keep relationships going and to preserve the school’s history. Peggy has maintained her involvement with Finch since graduating in 1975 with a BFA degree.

Nominations for the award are solicited from all Finch alumnae. A Finch College alumna is defined as one who attended the college and remained in good standing as a student.

CRITERIA FOR NOMINATION OF A CANDIDATE

Achievement must reflect a significant contribution to public life, the arts, business and/or volunteer work, which candidates have done in their community throughout the country or world. Nominees should be a respected and distinguished Finch Alumni who have demonstrated continued devotion to the Finch College motto Ineamus Meliora (strive toward the best), whose extraordinary achievement deserves acknowledgment and recognition.

Peggy Millheiser receiving the Jessica Congrave Lifetime Achievement Award for Finch College Alumnae in NYC this May.
Peggy Millheiser receiving the Jessica Congrave Lifetime Achievement Award for Finch College Alumnae in NYC this May.
Peggy Millheiser receiving the Jessica Congrave Lifetime Achievement Award for Finch College Alumnae in NYC this May.
Peggy Millheiser receiving the Jessica Congrave Lifetime Achievement Award for Finch College Alumnae in NYC this May.

An excerpt from Peggy’s Award Show Program bio:

“Peggy, a fourth generation Texan and resident of Dallas, where she was born and raiased, read about Finch College in a brochure. It told about art history courses, which she wanted. She arrived at Finch in 1972… She met her husband, Dave, in her senior year. They were married two years later and stayed another seven years in New York, where Dave was working. He had a business offer in Dallas so they moved, settled down and raised a daughter and son there.

When her children were in elementary school, Peggy learned there was no creative writing course and no summer reading course. This bothered her so she created the courses herself…

Peggy’s humanitarian efforts stretched further in the 1980s when many Russian immigrants were coming to the states and needed places to stay. Peggy and her family offered their help…, and (they) looked after a Russian family for two years.”

Peggy’s educational efforts extended well through her kids’ time in school, and included board/leadership roles in various PTAs. As you look at her lengthy Curriculum Vitae through the years, you’ll see concurrent passions for the arts, her fellow man and her faith also run deep.

She and Dave also have an adventurous side – they took temporary leave of Dallas from 1996-1999 to live in the foothills of the Andes mountains in Santiago, Chile, where Dave pursued a business opportunity.

Amazing that with all this, she has still found time for a successful 17-year real estate career with Dave! Congratulations on this great honor, Peggy!

Peggy Millheiser's family celebrating her Jessica Congrave Lifetime Achievement Award. From left, son Robert, husband Dave, Peggy, daughter Anne.
Peggy Millheiser’s family celebrating her Jessica Congrave Lifetime Achievement Award. From left, son Robert, husband Dave, Peggy, daughter Anne, Sara Arthur (former Director of Admissions).
Dave Millheiser and Peggy Millheiser at the ceremony honoring recipients of the Jessica Congrave Lifetime Achievement Award for Finch College Alumnae in NYC this May.
Dave Millheiser and Peggy Millheiser at the ceremony honoring recipients of the Jessica Congrave Lifetime Achievement Award for Finch College Alumnae in NYC this May.

 

 

Agents Make Deposit at Dallas Furniture Bank’s Annual CHAIRity Friendraiser Luncheon


Getting people into a new home is, of course, what real estate agents do best. But sometimes taking things a step further is required. The Dallas Furniture Bank does exactly that by providing beds, tables, chairs and more, for the transitional homeless and others who either have nothing or have lost everything, and are making a new start.

The DFB’s mission is built on the premise that having a functional, legitimate place to lay your head and eat a meal can do wonders for one’s dignity and self-esteem. And we’re thrilled Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Dave & Peggy Millheiser and Christine McKenny have given of their own time and resources to support them in this mission.

From L-R, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agents Karen Urie, Christine McKenny, Peggy Millheiser, Kim Gromatzky, Taylor Gromatzky and Dave Millheiser
From L-R, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agents Karen Urie, Christine McKenny, Amber Roberts (guest), Peggy Millheiser, Kim Gromatzky, Taylor Gromatzky and Dave Millheiser

Most recently, the trio served as sponsors for the Bank’s 11th Annual CHAIRity Friendraiser, which was held on Wednesday, February 17, at the Belo Mansion. Dave also serves on the DFB board and is chair of the marketing and development committee.

The event featured Stacey Bess, inspirational educator and author, as the speaker, and WFAA News Anchor Alexa Conomos was the emcee. The goal for the event was $125,000, and that amount was surpassed.

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“Stacey Bess was absolutely amazing,” says Dave Millheiser. “Her message was so compelling and contagious — it served as a great reminder why we’re all behind the great work the Dallas Furniture Bank is doing.”

The Dallas Furniture Bank serves between 400 – 500 needy families a year (impacting approximately 2,000 individuals). Since beginning services in 2003, DFB has served over 8,800 individuals ranging from families transitioning from homelessness and domestic violence, seniors, veterans, refugees, and many others. In partnership with over 60 non-profit agencies throughout the community and specific outreach partners, DFB is the only non-profit organization in Dallas County whose sole mission is to provide basic furnishings to those transitioning to stability.

Kudos to the DFB and all participating agents for raising awareness about this one-of-a-kind organization!

 

Want a Lakefront Property? We Have Options in City, Suburbs, and Country


There’s something magical about lakeside living. No matter what stresses you may encounter during your day, gazing at the sunset’s reflection on the water will settle your mood. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s properties of distinction include opportunities to buy lakefront homes in the city, the suburbs, and the country.

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They say you can’t improve upon perfection, but the owners of 8 Rue Du Lac gave it their best shot. The one-story three-bedroom home in Preston Hollow has undergone almost $400,000 worth of upgrades.

The C-shaped home was designed to provide panoramic views from every room. One of only 10 houses on a cul-de-sac, it is convenient to the Dallas North Tollway, LBJ Freeway, and North Central Expressway.

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Peggy and Dave Millheiser are offering 8 Rue du Lac at $1,150,000. They will hold the property open from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Call Dave at 214-616-9777 for more information or email him at davemillheiser@daveperrymiller.com.

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If you prefer a suburban lifestyle, consider 1600 S. Lakeshore Drive in Rockwall. The incomparable Mediterranean estate overlooks Lake Ray Hubbard, with extensive balconies and verandas that showcase captivating views.

The five-bedroom home with four full bathrooms and three powder baths also has multiple living and dining areas that provide perfect spaces for entertaining on a grand or more intimate scale. Superb quality craftsmanship, exquisite finishes, and meticulous attention to detail will please the most discerning buyer.

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Michelle Appelbaum and Donna Nichols are offering 1600 S. Lakeshore Drive for $1,750,000. To schedule a private showing, contact Michelle at 214-577-9577 or michellea@daveperrymiller.com.

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Drive two hours west of Dallas, and you’ll find 250 Breezy Point, a three-bedroom home on the shore of Lake Palo Pinto. Its spacious patio with views of the lake is perfect for outdoor gatherings.

Other amenities include a private boat ramp, a 1,200-square-foot shop with three bays, a carport large enough for an RV, and two fishing docks with a protected swimming and beach area.

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Jessica Hill of the Emily Ray-Porter Group, who is offering 250 Breezy Point at $225,000, will hold it open from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday. She can be reached at 214-240-2755 or jessica@highrises.com.

Photos by Shoot2Sell

Lakeside Home on Cul-de-Sac Boasts Almost $400,000 Worth of Upgrades


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They say you can’t improve upon perfection, but the owners of 8 Rue Du Lac gave it their best shot. The one-story lakefront home has undergone almost $400,000 worth of upgrades in recent years.

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In 2013, a pair of Trane two-stage air conditioners was installed along with a pair of gas furnaces. The home also got a new tankless water heater that year, and the pool was remodeled by OceanBlu Renovations.

In 2014, the kitchen, the family room, and a bathroom were taken to the studs and revitalized by Hatfield Builders & Remodelers. Also added that year were a new pool pump and security cameras.

In 2015, the home is going to get a new owner. Will you be the lucky one?

If so, you’ll enjoy a little slice of heaven in the heart of the city. This C-shaped home was designed to provide panoramic views of the lake and fountains from every room. One of only 10 houses on a private cul-de-sac, it is conveniently located just minutes from the Dallas North Tollway, LBJ Freeway, and North Central Expressway.

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Peggy and David Millheiser are offering the three-bedroom home for $1,200,000. The couple will hold it open for prospective buyers from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

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Group of Dave Perry-Miller Associates Supports Literacy Instruction for Texas


Dave Perry-Miller associate Tucker Bomar, LIFT board member Ashley Scheer, LIFT president Lisa Hembry, Dave Perry-Miller associate C C Allen, and Dr. Ron Washington at the A Toast to Literacy kickoff party at The House (Photo by Micheal Neal)
Dave Perry-Miller associate Tucker Bomar, LIFT board member Ashley Scheer, LIFT president Lisa Hembry, Dave Perry-Miller associate C C Allen, and Dr. Ron Washington at the A Toast to Literacy kickoff party at The House (Photo by Micheal Neal)

Union Station will be decidedly more bookish than normal this evening, when the Downtown venue hosts A Toast to Literacy. The fundraiser for Literacy Instruction for Texas, featuring keynote speaker Matt Bondurant, is co-chaired by author Kathleen Kent and Dave Perry-Miller associate C C Allen.

A longtime LIFT supporter, Allen traces her passion for adult literacy to a family tradition of support for education through the Feild Co-operative Association, a nonprofit organization that provides low-cost loans to deserving students for higher education. And she’s not the only Dave Perry-Miller associate who’s dedicated to the literacy cause; Dave Millheiser is a member of LIFT’s board of directors.

To say thanks to the organization’s supporters, Allen, Millheiser, and his wife, Peggy Millheiser, are offering free assessments of their homes’ values. Patrons will find gift certificates for this service in their cars after tonight’s event.

Coincidentally, today is North Texas Giving Day. If you make a donation to Literacy Instruction for Texas — or any of our region’s numerous other nonprofits — your dollars will be enhanced by the Communities Foundation of Texas.