MARTHA K. SEAGLE
Could the big bus of Extreme Makeover:Â Home Edition be headed to Lincolnton?
Based on information released late last week, it appears so.
The Times-News began hearing rumors of the event several weeks ago. However, the first verifiable indication that the rumors were true came on Thursday when a Gastonia building supply company notified the Lincolnton-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce that the Lincoln County Home Builders Association (LCHBA) has been asked to partner with home building contractor Bellamy Homes in the event that the family selected is from Lincolnton.
On Friday, Lincolnton Chamber of Commerce president Ken Kindley told a Charlotte television station, â€œWeâ€™re hoping itâ€™s a family from Lincolnton.â€
The theme of the ABC show is providing upgraded housing for those whose life circumstances demand better living spaces. In 2008, Curtis and Alisha King of Charlotte were featured on the show.
From an anonymous source, the Times-News has verified that a Lincolnton family is one of five finalists in the Charlotte region under consideration for the new home. The family receiving the home will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 11 when the showâ€™s bus will pull up to the selected home and Ty Pennington will step out to notify the family.
The memo from Ferguson Enterprises indicates that LCBHA is working to secure skilled volunteers for building the home as well as non-skilled volunteers for other tasks.Â About 3,000 total volunteers will be needed to complete the project.
A pep rally to recruit volunteers is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Wheeler Center on the Belmont Abbey College campus. The event will feature hosts Otis and Brittney Cason from KISS 95.1 FM, chances to win V.I.P. tickets to the build site and autographs from the Carolina Panthersâ€™ TopCats. Participants will also have an opportunity to meet the builders as well as members of the show cast. Admission is free, but seating is limited.
According to a press release from Bellamy Homes, the new home will be constructed in one week, with labor and supplies being donated by partnering groups and businesses. The actual program will air on ABC in 2012 with a special two-hour episode.
Want to volunteer?
Go to www.bellamyhomes.com and sign up to help out. Actual construction will be Dec. 12-16 with the final punch list being completed Dec. 17. Both skilled and non-skilled volunteers will be needed around the clock, so you can sign up for whatever fits your schedule.