Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Coming to Joplin!
Staff Report 08/29/2011
Pre-Planning Well Underway; Weeklong ‘BIG BUILD’ Starts October 19
JOPLIN, MO – Alongside representatives of Joplin city government and the Home Builders Association of Southwest Missouri today, Millstone Custom Homes, LLC officially announced what had been rumored for weeks: ABC’s Emmy-award winning reality TV show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, will film a weeklong construction project in Joplin the week of October 19. The show’s global audience of millions of viewers will attract global attention to the city’s rebuilding efforts and to the profound character and resiliency of members of the Joplin community.
Southwest Missouri home builder Sam Clifton, president of Millstone Custom Homes, will lead the “Big Build” in Joplin. The effort will be a massive undertaking that - with the help of the HBA of Southwest Missouri and others - mobilizes between thousands of local building professionals, tradespersons, and volunteers to benefit multiple Joplin families, and the overall community. Details of the building project are still being finalized. Members of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition television production team were on hand at Wednesday’s event, where they verified that the project will entail multiple structures, to directly benefit multiple families who were victimized by the devastating tornado that destroyed more than 7,000 Joplin homes in May. The project is being developed with the goal of providing “anchor” construction that not only will directly benefit families in need, but also can provide the foundation for rebuilding an entire segment of the city’s decimated housing stock.
To volunteer, donate, or learn more about the project, visit: http://www.joinextreme.com/joplin
“We are eager to assist those already making a difference on the ground in this great town by assisting in the recovery effort," said EMHE Senior Producer Milan Vasic. “Please join us and help the many in need.”
Clifton is the 2010 Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield Builder Member of the Year. Millstone Custom Homes is also a member of the Home Builders Association of Southwest Missouri in Joplin. This is Clifton’s second time to lead a build for the popular ABC television program. In 2009, Millstone Custom Homes successfully led a southwest Missouri build project for that provided a new home for the Hampton family in Ash Grove, Missouri.
“This build will be one of the most ambitious construction projects ever attempted in our area,” said Clifton. “We are thrilled to be a part of this massive undertaking. It will be no small task, but our team is eager to help rebuild Joplin in the aftermath of the devastation we experienced in May.”
Watch video highlights from today's news conference below:
Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr shared that city officials have been coordinating with the television network behind the scenes for weeks to successfully bring the project here. “We are working with the show in making preparations for their visit in order to insure the success of their efforts,” he said.
About ABC-TV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now entering its 9th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.
About Millstone Custom Homes
As a second-generation builder, Sam Clifton has dedicated most of his life to learning his trade. Starting when he was a young boy, Sam worked for his father's construction company. From pouring cement foundations to installing drywall, Sam learned every aspect of the building process. To further pursue his passion for building, Sam also earned a Construction Management degree from Missouri State University. While completing his formal education, Sam continued to learn on the job, building houses with his father. Today, Sam and his talented wife Michelle team up to provide their clients with outstanding design-build services. It's their Millstone mission to bring new homes to life for couples and families. Raising their own three children in the Ozarks, Sam and Michelle are true neighbors to many of their clients. They forge a bond and friendship with their clients that lives on long after the new home is complete. You can experience the Millstone difference when you walk into one of our custom homes and look around. No two Millstone homes are alike. Each home is designed with all your preferences in mind. To learn more visit http://www.millstonehomesllc.com.
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