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UC Riverside Partners with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"


UC Riverside Partners with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"

The episode to air on Sunday, March 29 on ABC, features a family dedicated to wildlife rescue

(March 25, 2009)

Well-wishers wrote encouraging messages to the Almquist familyEnlarge

Well-wishers wrote encouraging messages to the Almquist family

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The University of California, Riverside is one of many community partners joining forces to provide a makeover to the Almquist family of Phelan, Calif., who will be featured on Sunday’s two-hour episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" on ABC.

In an episode airing at 8 p.m. on the West Coast, UC Riverside is among a community of partners focused on the Almquist family and the Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary.

Before the makeover, the family lived in an aging and unheated double wide trailer that sat on land next to fenced enclosures filled with dozens of rescued animals, including nine tigers, three tortoises, three parrots, 10 alligators, four Mexican beaded lizards, two Siberian lynx and one Egyptian cobra.

The Almquist family, which includes parents Joel and Chemaine and children Patricia, Kiah, Arianna and Noah, went on a vacation to Costa Rica and returned after just seven days to a new 3,300 square foot home, a new state-of-the-art wildlife sanctuary and visitor’s center, and other gifts.

“We’ve been sworn to secrecy for weeks, but on Sunday night I will definitely be watching to see the looks on their faces,” said Daniel Aldrich, vice chancellor for advancement at UC Riverside. “It was exciting to be part of a project like this that adds value to people’s lives.”


About ABC-TVs Extreme Makeover: Home edition
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” which has won back-to-back Emmy Awards as Best Reality Program (non-competitive) is entering its 6th season on ABC. The program is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. Anthony Dominici is the executive producer; and David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA.
A couple of home builders who participated in the Enlarge

A couple of home builders who participated in the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" makeover of the Almquist family home in Phelan, Calif.

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