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8/18/04-Tyler

HGTV Dream Home: A Dream Come True For Charities

Four long standing charities serving East Texas with big hearts, all about to get a big break from the HGTV Dream Home.

"This house has an obligation to Tyler. When we leave, when the camera's stop, when the lights are off, we feel like this house has an obligation to leave a wake in this community of good will, and one way to do that is through the tour," says Dream Home Producer, Jack Thomasson.

Today, HGTV workers came to Tyler today and announced the four charities receiving proceeds from the home tours starting in January: Habitat for Humanity, The East Texas Crisis Center, Court Appointed Special Agents for Kids or CASA, and the Living Alternative Center.

Directors from the charities, say the tour money will help them recognize their dreams of helping others.

"We're just on top of a cloud, we just can't believe it. It's something that will help us fulfill our dreams of giving children a happy home," says CASA Director, Reggi Durch.

"The funds will help us build more homes here in Smith County, and that's what it's all about: helping the families achieve the American Dream," says Habitat for Humanity Director, Anne Payne.

"It comes at a very timely time for us because we're in the middle of building an aftercare program for our residents at our maternity home," says Beverly Kline, Director of the Living Alternative Center.

Dream Home Developer, Mark Mahaffey, calls his task of picking only four East Texas charities a challenge, in a community with such a big heart.

"In Tyler, Texas the first time you come here, we shake your hand. The second time you come here we'll give you a hug, and sometimes we'll give you a hug when you're leaving and everyone of these charities has been a hugging situation," says Mahaffey.

Reporting: Braid Sharp bsharp@kltv.com

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