Makeover' volunteers march to the site of Pauni home --
CHEERS TO DESTROY: "Extreme
Makeover: Home Edition" Team Leader Ty Pennington
leads hundreds of volunteers and the Kartchner Homes
building crew toward the soon-to-be-demolished Pauni
home. / Photo by Rebekah Bradway
By Kathryn Kemp
October 17, 2006 | A chill in the early morning air
was broken by the sounds of cheering and clapping as
a large crowd of volunteers marched down 400 East toward
the site of a new home being built by Extreme Makeover:
Home Edition for the Pauni family.
Tuesday morning the group of volunteers, led by the
show's host Ty Pennington, and followed by five backhoes,
marched down the road in anticipation and preparation
for the demolition of the Pauni family's old home. Volunteers
from USU and the community wore blue T-shirts with the
show's logo on them and white hard hats, and members
of the team from Kartchner Homes, who is building the
new house, wore orange coats and orange hard hats as
The march is a traditional scene in the TV show's
episodes, showing the volunteers who are willing and
ready to work hard to help achieve the goal. In fact,
they filmed the march of the volunteers four times,
in order to get it just right, and to get it at different
angles. In all of those repeats though, the volunteers
never lost their enthusiasm and neither did the cast
and crew of the show, or the crowd of spectators along
Kelsie Felix, Lacy Nelson and Jeanette Nelson, residents
of Logan who were among the volunteers, said they enjoyed
participating in the march, and all of the filming.
They laughed every time they heard a crew member yell,
"Back to one!" meaning they had to go back to where
they started and do it again.
As they stood in the crowd waiting for the camera
crews to be ready, Pennington would run around the crowd,
cheering and getting them excited. He didn't really
talk much, they said, it was mostly just cheering and
Cody Creech and Alan Larsen, two USU students were
also in the crowd. They both said they thought it was
funny how excited everyone got about seeing Pennington.
"It was interesting because everyone wanted to be
in the front and on the sides where Ty was," Larsen
said. He said most of the volunteers who will be working
won't get to meet the cast members. Creech doesn't care
though, because he said, ?"I'm here for the construction."
Even amid the excitement of a television show and
stars in the area, that's really what most of the volunteers
are here for.
Creech and Larsen got the opportunity to serve because
they work for Shane Falslev Flooring, the company who
will be putting in the flooring on Thursday night. Scheduled
to start at 9 p.m. and go until 5 a.m., 30-40 people
will assist in putting the flooring in the house.
"All we'll do is the floor," Creech said. That is
the main reason they were signed up by their boss as
volunteers. Larsen would like to do more if he could
"If I didn't have class, I'd probably help more,"
Felix and the two Nelsons, who are sisters, got involved
through different means, but they are all equally excited
to serve. Felix said the best part of volunteering is
"just making the family happy." The girls said they
will help in any way that they are needed. Today they
moved boxes and food, and they plan on sticking around
all week and working where they're needed. Jeanette
Nelson says she will enjoy the volunteer work because
she is happy, "just to know you're a part of making
another family's life better."
When the filming of the march was complete, the volunteers
crowded in front of the house, circling around Pennington
and Troy Kartchner, president of Kartchner Homes, for
the final event before the demolition began. Kartchner
gave a speech to the crowd of volunteers who cheered
as he spoke to them of the plans and thanked them for
their help. No one except the group of volunteers who
marched could hear him, but later on, Kartchner explained
that he was mostly thanking all the volunteers and the
crews for their willingness to help.
He told the volunteers how the producer of the show
called him and asked if he would be willing to build
"Without hesitation I answered that we would," he
said. But the show wouldn't let him say yes immediately.
They explained that they would be handing everything
over for free, so he needed to find out if the sub-contractors
and other workers would be willing to do that, so he
had to check with them first, which he did.
"Without hesitation they volunteered -- hundreds of
them," he said. So Kartchner thanked all of those people
as well as the community volunteers for their willingness
to serve. He also thanked Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
for the service they are providing.
"They do so much good across the community. None of
this would be possible in our community without what
they do." These people came for the simple purpose of
serving a family who lost a father and a wife who lost
a companion, he said. They came to take care of that
"Everyone working on this are the heroes of this job,"
DESIGNERS WAIT FOR DESTRUCTION:
Members of the "Extreme Makeover" design team
wait in front of the Pauni home before its destruction.
/ Photo by Rebekah Bradway