GalleryDirect.com continues its charitable contribution to “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” this week in New York for their Broadway-inspired show

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Texas-located fine art and specialty manufacturer of image-based products shown on the “New York, New York” episode, which airs SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3rd  (8:00-9:00p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network, continuing its commitment as one of the show’s benefactors through the entirety of Season 8

AUSTIN, Texas, September 29, 2010— Gallery Direct (http://www.gallerydirect.com/) announces its next week of participation in ABC’s Emmy award winning, philanthropic reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Gallery Direct CEO Joseph Garcia had this to say, “Last week’s episode “Boys Hope/Girls Hope” was a real tear-jerker.  I was amazed at the level of participation from the Baltimore community and the immense impact that Ty and his design team had on the young women of “Girls Hope.”  It’s a worthy cause and we are thankful to play a small part in the future of this valuable organization.  We know this week’s New York episode should not be missed.”  

On Sunday, the Lutz family of East Setauket, New York, thought they had simply been invited to attend an afternoon baseball game between the Yankees and the New York Mets.  In its place, they were surprised to find out they would be the latest recipients of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” via the Jumbotron screen at Yankee Stadium. Instead of design team leader Ty Pennington’s traditional morning wake up call to a deserving family, he stormed the field and announced the good news right before the game.

Adding to the excitement of both the spectators and family alike, was the appearance of several New York Yankees baseball players who were there to give encouragement and support. Also, hundreds of volunteer workers, clad in the now- iconic “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” blue shirts, ran out from the dugout to join the Lutz family, Ty and fellow designers on the baseball field.

In an episode that will air later this season, the theme of this build will be “New York! New York!” There will be a Broadway-like production with the entire blue shirt crew and design team singing and dancing while the home is being demolished. Also during the week of the build, there will be an extravagant parade on the family’s block complete with huge floats.

The Lutzes are another representation of the kind of family “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” aims to help by building a new home in just seven days. Unable to have children of their own, loving couple Grace and John Lutz gave their hearts to 18 adopted kids in all, including seven with Down Syndrome.  After the couple passed away, their daughter, Kathleen, gave up her career and gladly came home to take care of six siblings with Down Syndrome, who currently range in age from 20 to 25 years old. Everyone agreed that putting the kids in a group home or institution was not an option. It was a good plan, until Kathleen suddenly and unexpectedly had a grand mal seizure.  Her brother, John Jr., was next at bat, sacrificing his successful career as a gymnastics coach to move home and care for his sister and siblings. Kathleen’s health is now stabilized and both brother and sister care for their family as a team.

Nothing can dampen the spirits of this cheerful group. They love to sing and dance, cook and play games together. But the crumbling condition of their 40-year-old home has become a concern. The electrical is unsafe, water leaks everywhere and there is mold and rotting wood. Everybody in town loves this charming and special family. They are local celebrities and the community rallies to help them in every way. Unfortunately, their home is at a point where band-aids are not enough. The siblings need their home to be a safe permanent one, with everything to accommodate their special needs.

The Lutz family will go on vacation to The Hamptons while “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team leader Ty Pennington, designers Paul DiMeo, Paige Hemmis, Tracy Hutson, local builder Alure Home Improvements and community volunteers rebuild their home.

The art collection Ty Pennington and his design team put together for this week’s episode is stunning.  Gallery Direct’s reputation for making custom art quickTM gave the designers just what they needed to stay on schedule.  Gallery Direct’s Joseph Garcia concluded, “Again, we are thrilled to be part of this epic program.  We’ll be on the edge of our seats until the show airs. Go Yankees!”

About Gallery Direct
Gallery Direct, a division of New Era Portfolio, a privately held company, is the global leader in providing fine art solutions. The company publishes, manufactures, and markets limited edition artwork and custom image-based products. Its expertise in managing artists, portfolios and forecasting style trends allows the company to deliver current, vital artwork to corporate and hospitality design arenas, a prestigious collection of retail clients, and directly to the consumer. Its technological command not only delivers fine custom artwork quickly, but also creates web-based solutions for blue chip retailers. Gallery Direct is proud to be creating fine American-made artwork for 10 years. For more information, please visit http://www.gallerydirect.com/.

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

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