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Taping of TV holiday special continuing

Ty Pennington of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” poses in Lincolnton this week during a segment taped at the Festival of Trees inside the old building.

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer
Roughly 3,000 volunteers have been working tirelessly day and night this past week to build Lincolnton’s Friday family a new eight-bedroom home as part of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
While the ABC network recently canceled the show, Extreme Makeover is still set to air periodic specials throughout the year. The Friday family’s story will air as a two-hour special in December 2012 and will be one of five total two-hour specials airing during next year’s holiday season.
The show’s final regular scheduled episode will take place in Joplin, Mo., where seven families, who lost everything to a destructive tornado this past spring, will receive brand new homes, according to an E! online article. It will be the show’s 200th episode.
In the eight years Extreme Makeover has been on the air, designers and work crews have built new homes for families across North Carolina three other times, including one each in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Charlotte, according to show authorities.
The Friday’s new home, located at 105 Moore St. in Lincolnton, will be just under 4,000 square feet with 3.5 baths when it’s completed on Saturday. The big reveal is open to anyone and everyone across the community, and show officials say the more spectators the better.
ABC chose homeowners James and Devonda Friday, who was a former Lincolnton police officer, for their charitable efforts in fostering
numerous children over the years, adopting eight for their own.
Bellamy Homes co-owner Frank Hereda noted that due to the property’s rapid construction process, numerous workers have been assigned to single projects such as framing, which he said has used 100 workers alone.
All Bellamy Homes’ production staff has been involved with the project, Hereda said.
“It’s impossible to build quicker,” he said.
Designers from the Cornelius-based business took two to three weeks to draw-up design plans for the home.
It’s also a project unlike any other Hereda’s ever experienced and has been the largest effort for charity he’s been a part of, he said.
“I can’t believe I’m building a house and have no clue how much it costs,” he noted.
He additionally added how difficult it’s been to get used to the fact that when a problem occurs at night, there’s no one to call for needed products.
“Building at night poses its own problems,” he said. “No one’s open.”
The day shift crew typically has more responsibility, he said, as it recovers and tries to fix problems that occur overnight.
Hereda said the crew’s been fortunate to have good weather all week even though builders hit some obstacles early on in the building process.
“We hit rock the first night,” he said. However, the incident did little to set back crew and volunteers.
The crew is also building a charity facility for the family in Lincolnton called House of Hope. The charity has been a vision of the Fridays for quite some time.
Show designer and on-air talent Michael Moloney, revealed to the Times-News Wednesday in a special on-site interview, that he’s in charge of designing the House of Hope, which is set to be revealed for the family at 5 p.m. Friday in the Lincoln Shopping Center near Big Lots on North Generals Boulevard. The public is invited to attend.
Moloney said the non-profit facility is 1,600 square feet and that he’s worked hard to give the space a rustic, modern and organic-looking theme. Although he wouldn’t reveal too many details about the facility’s look, he did note that tree branches would be part of the décor.
House of Hope will be a community resource center where foster and adoptive parents can obtain free items including diapers, bottles, blankets and clothing, among other necessary items.
Moloney said that, often times, newly-adoptive parents and foster parents are thrust into a situation which they didn’t necessarily have time to adequately prepare for because a child was immediately taken from a dangerous situation.
He likes how each family’s story is different each episode and how this particular episode focuses on the importance of adoption.
“I love this message,” he said. “The Friday family is a perfect example.”
Donations to House of Hope can be made through checks payable to Charlotte Regional Partnership. Specify House of Hope in the item line.
In addition, organizers hope to raise sufficient funds that will allow the Friday family to rent the facility with minimal to no overhead and hope to present them with three years worth of rent, according to a show press release. At least a year of rent has already been collected. An additional press release revealed Thursday afternoon that Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C., has offered to provide full-tuition scholarships to all eight Friday children.
The home’s big reveal is set for Saturday. It remains unclear as to exactly what time the event will unfold. All spectators are welcome.
Wild rumors
Reveals for Extreme Makeover have often featured celebrity guests. Rumors spread rapidly on Thursday and were even repeated by area radio stations that singers Justin Bieber and Usher would appear. But show officials told the Times-News those rumors were untrue.
Bieber is due to perform at a benefit Saturday night in California and sent a  message to his fans this morning saying he would be in Las Vegas today.
While it appears the rumors were unfounded, it’s still possible that some other celebrities could make an appearance.

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