The “Stockdale Family Hoedown” was held outdoors in downtown Middleton to benefit the Stockdale family. The close-knit, small community became the first city in the history of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to create a special fund-raiser for a family featured on the program. “Extreme Makeover” and CBH Homes are joining together with many volunteers to build a home for Ryan and Karia Stockdale and their children.

The Stockdale children have eosinophilic esophagitis, a rare white blood cell disease. Kayden, 7; Jett, 5; Baylee, 4; and McKinnon,2 will now have a home that has been equipped to make thier life a bit easier.

The fund-raiser was organized by Becky Abbott who volunteered at the “Exctreme Makeover” work site where the home was being built. She printed up flyers and brought them to the work site and the reality show producers wanted to work with her. Radio station KIZN 92FM also

donated time and sponsorship for the charity event. Response has been phenomenal — with 800 people calling the local City Hall for information about the event, and hundreds more calling Abbott and other volunteers for information about the fund-raiser.

Extreme Home Makeover

The fund-raiser’s entertainment included local bands, a raffle, a charity auction, an appearance by the “Extreme Home” celebrity home designers and a performance by Abbott’s dance team. The fund-raising event was filmed for a segment on the show about the building of the Stockdale home.

Posted on 19 July 2007

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