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Larson Construction, Cattle Congress to fundraise for Extreme Makeover family

Brett Michaels will be one of the hosts for the fundraising event at National Cattle Congress on Thursday.

On Sunday, Oct. 2, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” traveled to West Union, Iowa, to surprise the Audrey Gibbs and her six children with a door knock that changed their lives. Audrey Gibbs is a mother, widow, farm owner and maternal optimist. Her husband died in August 2000, but Audrey won’t let anything stop her from raising her children; not even her blindness or her battle with a potentially fatal disease. The “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” design team, Larson Construction and thousands of volunteers are building them a new home this week.

In an effort to raise funds to pay off the Gibbs’ family mortgage, Larson Construction is working with National Cattle Congress in Waterloo to host a fundraiser. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” designers and special guest, Brett Michaels, will be at the event to show their support. This is just another way the community in Northeast Iowa is helping one of its own.

The event will be held this Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at National Cattle Congress, 257 Ansborough Avenue, Waterloo, Iowa, on the outdoor dirt track. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for bleacher seating or $100 for the VIP section. The VIP section will allow guests to watch the event from a special area and meet the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” designers and special guest, Brett Michaels. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

The event will be hosted by one or more of the show’s designers; Paul DiMeo, Tracy Hutson, Sabrina Soto and Jeff Dye, and Brett Michaels.

Scheduled events include a truck sled pulling exhibition by the Fantasy Truck Pullers, a lawn mower racing exhibition by the Central Iowa Lawn Mower Racing Association and a demolition derby exhibition put on by Chad Oldenburger. Following the event, a local band will perform.

There will also be an auction during the event. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase as well. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Prizes include an exclusive tour of the Extreme Makeover home, autographed hardhat by Ty and the design crew and autographed T-shirts by Ty and the design crew. The drawing will be held Saturday, Oct. 8; need not be present to win.

The public can help by making a monetary donation through the website or make checks to Family/Build Fund, c/o BankIowa, PO Box 229, Independence, Iowa 50644. Funds raised will help pay for items for the family home, ongoing medical expenses and other costs.

The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now in its 9th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 7:00-8:00 p.m., CST on ABC.