CORVALLIS, Ore., Oct. 12 America watched -- and cried --Sunday, Oct. 7, as Boey and her family saw the home of their dreams in ourstate's first-ever Extreme Makeover. But what did it take to build the Byers'family dream home?
The Oregon premiere shooting of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, gavecancer victim Jenessa Nichole Byers and her family the 4,000 sq. ft.green-certified home of their dreams. And so when Extreme Makeover: HomeEdition, which has won back-to-back Emmy Awards, was looking for an Oregonhome builder to head the project, leaders of Linn and Benton Countiesrepeatedly recommended Legend Homes because of the company's tradition ofvolunteerism and year-round philanthropy. Giving and volunteerism has beenintegrated into the corporate culture since the company's inception. Yet ittook "team Legend" six weeks of volunteer outreach to generate more than 1,000building professionals as volunteers and an over 2,000 other volunteers. TeamLegend was also responsible for soliciting all donations for the project.
"Not only every dinner, beverage and snack, but every piece of lumber,drywall, paint and windows -- all of the highest quality -- every part of thathome was donated by Oregonians," says Legend President Jim Chapman. "We hadan incredibly sophisticated air filtration system donated and installed it toensure clean air to support Boey's immune system. The hundreds of hours andthe hundreds of thousands of in-kind donations from our vendors,subcontractors, employees, the Corvallis Community and frankly the entireOregon building industry, make the value of this home incalculable. The levelof generosity is overwhelming."
On Oct. 7, the staff of Legend Homes hosted a massive volunteer thank youparty attended by nearly 700 individuals who donated materials and volunteeredon the Extreme build. "Saying thank you is so important," said Chapman. Healso says that the company's commitment to the Byers family will continue.
"We are in constant communication with the Byers family and they know weare there to support them by completing the details and standing behind thehome that was generously donated to them," says Mike Goodrich, director ofproduction, vice president Legend Homes, Corvallis Communities.
Goodrich and Chapman and many others on Team Legend worked 20-hour shiftsduring the entire Extreme Home Makeover build for the Byers family. Goodrichsays no one complained, because the project was about building a new home as ahaven to help the Byers with the challenges they face.
"Unfortunately, Legend Homes can't cure Boey's cancer, nor can we solvemany of the other obstacles created by their situation. But we did create anew home where they could live and heal together. We've accomplished that andshown the community it is possible to do great things where people are willingto work together in the name of love."
A complete list of trade volunteers and donors to the Oregon premiere ofExtreme Makeover: Home Edition can be found at Legendhomes.com, just click onthe "Extreme" logo.
Founded in Portland, Oregon in 1965, Legend Homes is the award-winningbuilder of more than 12,000 home sites, homes, town homes and condominiums inplanned communities throughout Portland and Corvallis. Their high-quality,green-built homes are crafted with premium materials to ensure structurestrength, better air quality and energy efficiency. With more than 10communities throughout the region, there are new homes designed to fit theneeds of almost any prospective homebuyer. For more information, visithttp://www.legendhomes.com.
In 2006 the Legend Homes made cash donations to 65 nonprofit organizationstotaling over $300,000. A Legend Homes program in Linn and Benton Counties,now in its fifth year, not only gives small grants to nonprofits in theCorvallis and Albany regions but also offers free workshops to help Linn