Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Coming to OC
Proud Participant on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Korpai Family, Crawford NY.
Hope you saw the broadcast on WABC.
It was an awesome experience and an honor to be part of this! If you missed it, just click here to watch the entire episode!
By Jennifer Warren
Middletown – Lori Mabee has always felt there was something special about Orange County. This week, she is hopeful millions all over the country will feel the same.
The trademark, exclamatory “Move that Bus!” will resonate around Orange County on August 18th, when one deserving Orange County-based family will be greeted by Ty Pennington, host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. News of the selection will be delivered, and the lives of those family members will change forever. In order to get the “Hudson Valley Press” festivities going, a kick-off celebration was held last Thursday at the Physical Education Building at Orange County Community College. Hundreds of area supporters turned out for the cause; many, including Mabee, were there to offer their services.
“I’m here today because I like to help out, especially with anything having to do with Orange County,” said Mabee, a Pine Bush resident and faithful viewer of the ABC Home Edition reality series. “Something really good is happening in this area, and I want to be a part of it and helping to serve people.”
Hundreds of others heard that “call,” as participants in the kick-off could be spotted all over the building, eagerly signing up to volunteer for the build, which begins tomorrow and runs through August 25th. Music and dancing further assisted in getting everyone pumped up and into the altruistic spirit. It was a collaborative effort that made the Shows’ Senior Producer, Milan Vasic, confident Orange County was an ideal selection for his shows’ next taping.
“I love this country; it is very supportive; you need to have that kind of understanding and commitment to make this work,” said Vasic, who was on hand Thursday to present further, specific details of this weeks’ building journey. “Everyone we have met with, including politicians, administrators, etc., has been fantastic, and I really like how the Stahl’s (the builders) are in it for all the right reasons, sincerely caring about the community.
The Stahls (Andrew and his wife Margaret), are co-owners of Heathstone Commercial & Residential Contracting, selected to be the chief builders for the project. Andrew spoke briefly at Thursday’s rally.
“We are just so appreciative and excited to be a part of this amazing opportunity to help out,” said Stahl, whose company will be partnering with an assortment of businesses, including; Focus Media Inc., Orange County Chamber of Commerce, MAG Designs, and RAL Support Group.
One of those pivotal pieces of political support came from Edward Diana, Orange County Executive. Motivated by the cause, Diana could be found out on the “dance floor,” showing off some moves as the blues music was provided by Orange County’s own The Chris O’Leary Band. Later on, a still spirited Diana, addressed the crowd.
“What’s happening here in Orange County is unbelievable; this is all about you, the people here,” said Diana with his hand pumped. “Extreme Makeover can go anywhere in the country, but they chose to come here to Orange County; it just doesn’t get any better than that. Diana added, “The world is very soon going to know about Orange County, New York.”