Disaster Response Team is Proud Participant in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Wood Dale, IL – Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., North America''s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that DKI Member Company, Disaster Response Team of Panama City, FL is a proud participant in the popular ABC Series, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, surprising Finis Gaston, a shining star in his home town.
Finis was raised by a single mother in a poor neighborhood. His mom also took care of his young niece and two nephews. When Finis was 16 years old, the straight A-student and sports enthusiast tried out for the Baker School cheerleading team. He made school history as the first male cheerleader and his confidence and sense of humor made him a school favorite. His dream to go to college and earn a degree in social work came true when he was discovered by a football scout, who offered Finis a full scholarship to Alabama A&M University.
With just one year left to graduation, Finis’ beloved mother unexpectedly died. Although he was living his dream, he didn’t hesitate to leave college to return home and care for his niece and nephews. Family comes first for Finis; and splitting up the children to be sent to foster care was not an option for him.
In addition to his job as a lunch server at Baker School, Finis is a volunteer coach for a local area girls’ cheerleading team at the Baker Area Youth Association. Under his guidance, he has led their team to win local competitions and more importantly, has given the girls a much-needed boost of confidence. He opened a gymnastics business called Finest Tumblers, but he had to shut down when the building was recently sold. The community lost a fun, healthy place for kids to train; and Finis lost the income that he planned to use to make his family’s home safe and livable.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team leader Ty Pennington and designers Michael Moloney, Tracy Hutson and Johnny Littlefield, local builder Heritage Homes, Disaster Response Team and community volunteers stepped in and helped get Finest Tumblers back on its feet.
Disaster Response Team assisted by providing drying and cleaning services, including dehumidification and round-the-clock monitoring and labor, to expedite the drying of the drywall, primer, and paint in the interior and exterior of the home. The project was completed the week of October 18 in Pensacola, FL.
Disaster Response Team has been providing insurance restoration services in the Florida marketplace since 1964 and has been a Member of DKI since 2006.
DKI is the exclusive dry down and cleaning vendor for Season 8 of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Founded in 1974, DKI assists insurance carriers, commercial and residential clients with restoring properties damaged by fire, water, wind and mold.
The Emmy award winning reality program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, is now in its 8th season. The featured episode will air Sunday, December 12th at 8:00pm ET on ABC.
About Disaster Response Team
Disaster Response Team is a company dedicated to solving disaster and restoration challenges. Utilizing highly trained personnel, state-of-the-art technology, and “good old fashioned hand- holding,” DRT aims to relieve the physical, emotional, and mental trauma associated with any disaster. First, they strive to meet a clients’ high expectations, and then thrive on exceeding those expectations.
Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., headquartered in Wood Dale, IL, is the largest disaster restoration organization in North America. DKI member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., visit our website at www.disasterkleenup.com
or contact Michele Donahue at (630) 741-7262.
About “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now in its 8th 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 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.