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Tears, cheers and inspiration

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Senior Executive Producer, Conrad Ricketts, shared how the show came about. Senior Executive Producer, Conrad Ricketts, shared how the show came about.
Being on the Extreme team has changed Senior Producer, Milan Vasic's life he says. Photo Source: K. Murphy from TheLoop Being on the Extreme team has changed Senior Producer, Milan Vasic's life he says. Photo Source: K. Murphy from TheLoop
East Texan, Neal McCoy debuted his new song, "A New Mountain to Climb." East Texan, Neal McCoy debuted his new song, "A New Mountain to Climb."
Extreme Art Director, Kim Lewis, was joined at the event by her parents, uncle and aunt. (Sorry about the blurriness. iPhone camera.) Extreme Art Director, Kim Lewis, was joined at the event by her parents, uncle and aunt. (Sorry about the blurriness. iPhone camera.)
Robert E. Lee students with little East Texan. Photo Source: Bridgette Schomerus from TheLoop Robert E. Lee students with little East Texan. Photo Source: Bridgette Schomerus from TheLoop

Between a plane crashing into a building in Austin and a child bringing a BB gun to school, it has taken me all day to get to this point. So, without further ado (what does "ado" mean any ways?) it's time to fill you in on this morning's Extreme Volunteer Pep Rally!

I would say three words sum up the Extreme event: Tears, cheers and inspiration. East Texans filled Green Acres lobby this morning, as different Extreme team members shared stories of how being a part of the show has changed their lives. We heard from the East Texas builder who has taken on the 106-hour challenge, Gary Bayless, the show's creator, the show's Senior Producer, the day-time and night-time project managers (apparently getting people to work the night shift is a tough task to tackle), location producers, and the show's designers (one of whom is native East Texan, Kim Lewis!). They say their hope for each community that is a part of the Extreme experience is that they will be united and changed in a way that lasts forever. Has anyone else thought about the timeliness of this potentially "healing" event; with an arsonist striking out at East Texas churches? Incredible!

Throughout the program we got to see clips of past projects and how lives were change. Definitely struggled to contain the tears and I noticed I wasn't the only one!

I would guess about 1500 East Texans turned out for the event (Pretty crazy, right? And on a work day!) And, what better way to wrap up a program than with some songs from East Texan, Neal McCoy! He débuted a new song at the event, and finished out the program with "God Bless America."

But, before the crowds dispersed, we had one thing left to cheer…MOVE THAT BUS!!!

If you have any pictures from the event this morning, please upload them to TheLoop@kltv.com! (Some East Texans have already sent some in!)

(By the way, in case you were wondering, according to Dictionary.Reference.com, "ado" is a noun defined as a "busy activity; bustle; fuss.")

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