"EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION" REWARDS THE GENEROSITY OF
A BIG-HEARTED NEIGHBOR WHO SACRIFICED HIS OWN FAST-TRACK
FINANCIAL FUTURE TO FEED HUNDREDS OF HUNGRY FAMILIES
Celebrity Chefs Volunteer for "Get on the Bus" Campaign
"Montgomery Family" - On August 18, 2009, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" traveled to Champaign County, IL to meet Nathan Montgomery, who gave up a lucrative engineering career to start a charity that feeds hundreds of hungry families in his community. In just seven days, team leader Ty Pennington, his designers and hundreds of volunteers rebuilt the crumbling home for Nathan, his wife, Jenny, and their four children. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" airs SUNDAY, AUGUST 1 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. (Rebroadcast: OAD: 10/25/09)
Chefs Rocco DiSpirito, Sandra Lee, Spike Mendalsohn and Art Smith will be the celebrity volunteers for this build. The "EM:HE" design team also includes Michael Moloney, John Littlefield and Didiayer Snyder.
Nathan was a promising young engineer on his way to a six-figure management position when he first began volunteering to help the needy. Realizing he wanted to pursue charity work full-time, he stepped off the fast track to launch Salt and Light, the philanthropic organization he leads as executive director. Nathan has seen the number of local families in need rise dramatically in the current economic crisis, and Salt and Light now feeds an average of 250 families each week. But the altruism of Nathan and Jenny, a middle school aide who works with special-needs children, has taken a heavy toll on the family's living conditions. Since both of them have modest salaries, they've been unable to afford much-needed repairs to their dilapidated two-story, 100-year-old home. The roof over their heads is falling apart, much of the siding is gone, and the brick foundation is crumbling, among other problems. The Montgomerys feared that they'd have to move out for safety reasons, and would no longer be able to continue their vital community service.
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It is executive-produced by Anthony Dominici. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.
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