Tulsa family to receive new home from “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

Friday, January 15, 2010

Skilled volunteers needed to join the Extreme Team

TU Extreme Web GraphicTulsa-area home builder Simmons Homes is teaming up with ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” beginning Jan. 28 for a third project—but this time, it’s to help a family in the builder’s own backyard.

“Our employees’ hearts and lives have been touched through our participation with ‘Extreme Makeover’ and the families we’ve been fortunate enough to help,” said Greg Simmons, founder of Owasso-based Simmons Homes. “To be a part of the same spirit of generosity in our own community brings our amazing Extreme Team experience full circle.”

In March 2008, Simmons Homes joined a small coalition of national builders to help New Orleans residents rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. The company also participated in a January 2006 “Extreme Makeover” show to build a house for a Dewey, Okla., family.

The Tulsa family’s name has not been released due to the show’s surprise nature. The Simmons Homes team will work on the Extreme House for approximately one week, with the official reveal on Feb. 3. The hour-long episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will air in early March.

As presenting sponsors of the home build, The University of Tulsa and Case & Associates Properties will provide numerous resources for the Extreme Team throughout the project.

“Commitment to community service runs deep within The University of Tulsa, with our students, faculty and staff providing more than 100,000 hours of community service annually," said TU President Steadman Upham. “The ‘Extreme Makeover’ project is a great opportunity to extend TU’s community-driven activities, exemplified by our recent True Blue Neighbors service initiative. We are honored that we can meaningfully participate in a project to help a deserving Tulsa family.”

“We are pleased to be part of something so monumental here in Tulsa,” added Mike Case, president and chairman of Case & Associates. “It feels really good to be giving back to a very deserving family.”

The public is invited to a community rally at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at TU’s Donald W. Reynolds Center to celebrate the upcoming “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” project.

Simmons Homes is seeking additional skilled/licensed craftsmen to volunteer for onsite shifts. Volunteers needed include electricians, painters, framers, plumbers and drywallers. Participants will be responsible for all transportation, lodging and food.

In addition, Simmons Homes encourages other Tulsa community organizations to get involved by allowing employees to participate and/or donate tools and supplies. Visit www.extremesimmons.com to volunteer for this extreme build.

“You can be confident that the Tulsans receiving this home are truly deserving of our help,” said Simmons. “We’re looking forward to building a team of local volunteers to really make a difference in this family’s lives.” 

About ABC-TV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
The Emmy award-winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now in its seventh season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It is executive-produced by Anthony Dominici. David Goldberg is chairman of Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8-9 p.m., ET on ABC.

About Simmons Homes
Simmons Homes was founded in 1994. Today, it is the Tulsa area’s premier home builder with a reputation for providing architectural innovation, tremendous quality, superior customer service and unmatched warranties. Builder Magazine ranks Simmons Homes the 57th largest builder in the United States. For more information, visit www.simmonshomes.com.

David Hamby