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Friday, April 29, 2011

A Huntington Native Helps "Move That Bus!"

This Sunday’s “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” has a Huntington connection…

H2 Builders Incorporated in Beaufort County, SC, will be working to build this week’s new home. The wife of the company’s owner, who is one of the workers in the episode, is a Huntington native. Tracy Moore Hawk was born and raised in Huntington and attended Marshall University. She passed along this picture to me from her cheerleading days (She's on the right.).

Tracy’s husband, Todd, owns H2, which is the largest custom homebuilding company in Beaufort County. Tracy is the owner of The Hawk Group Realty, LLC.

Here’s what Tracy wrote me about the experience:

“I was born and raised in Huntington. I went to Marshall and was a Marshall cheerleader (and still devoted fan)! I come back to Huntington a couple of times a year to visit family and friends. I still keep in touch with many from Huntington. I have a lot of excited people there who are looking forward to our episode of ABC-TV’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition with Ty Pennington.

My husband, son and I have lived in Hilton Head, SC for 16 years. We own the largest custom homebuilding company, H2 Builders Incorporated, in Beaufort County, SC . We were contacted by representatives from Extreme Makeover Home Edition to build a home for a deserving family in our area. Once we agreed to be the builder, it was a whirlwind. It was truly an honor to build a home for a marine currently serving in Afghanistan. We were responsible for securing all of the materials and volunteers for the home. We supervised over 3,000+ volunteers and built a 4,000 Sq. Ft home in 106 hours. It was truly exciting to 'move that bus…'

We also worked closely with the talent: Ty Pennington, Jillian Harris (the ABC Bachelorette), Pauly D (from the show), and Xzibit (rapper, actor & tv host ) in different capacities. I am so honored to be a part of this inspiring project. It was not only a makeover of a home, but a makeover of you on the inside helping a truly deserving family. A Huntington native going from building cheerleading pyramids at Marshall to building a home on a national television show!”

Here’s the official description of the show from ABC: “‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ invited the Marines to fall in for a call to action in Beaufort, South Carolina to honor Marine Staff Sergeant Bill Dickinson's family with a new home. Bill was deployed to Afghanistan on November 5, leaving behind his loving wife, India, and five children, who are fighting a losing battle here at home to save their house -- a scenario far too common for many military families across the nation.

In Bill's absence, their home is rapidly depreciating due to spreading mold and water damage. Despite the deplorable conditions, the family maintain and model their lives in the same way their father honors his country. India volunteers on behalf of a military support group, and the oldest children, Grant (16) and Brianna (14), both plan to enlist in the Navy after they graduate from high school. Volunteers and local military will be on hand to lend their efforts and some good old fashioned elbow grease to the Dickinson family in this episode of ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.’"

The episode airs Sunday, May 1st at 8 p.m. on ABC...

Photos courtesy of Tracy Moore Hawk