Beaufort News

Excitement builds with Extreme Makeover edition

It is expected that today, producers of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will name the family that will receive a vacation and free home upgrade as part of the television show. It is exciting to have Ty Pennington and his team in Beaufort County for the next week!

There is nothing like a nationally syndicated (and popular) TV show coming to your area. Everyone is abuzz, and we are so fortunate to have this amazing endeavor going on right here in Beaufort County.

"Extreme Makeover" has everyone catching the ""Extreme" spirit of giving back. This TV show does a phenomenal job of harnessing excitement into a volunteer and contribution effort of which the likes are rarely seen. This event is bringing people together countywide to work on a common cause.

When it is all said and done, about 3,000 volunteers are expected to have participated and thousands of dollars to have been raised locally -- all in the span of a few weeks in a county with about 150,000 people.

This is a great and special opportunity, and I know Beaufort County will rise to the occasion. I'd like to challenge us to keep that "Extreme" spirit going. My hope is that "Extreme Makeover" raises awareness with people who have never volunteered for anything before in Beaufort County.

Let's capture the excitement of volunteering for the "Extreme Makeover" house and parlay it into excitement to volunteer on an ongoing basis. There is no shortage here of opportunities to give back.

Did you know there are more than 120 organizations addressing social issues in Beaufort County? They could use a does of the "Extreme" spirit. Let's not forget the numerous groups working to make our corner of the world so special.

We have non-profits that protect our ecosystems, invest in our history, provide beauty through the arts and work to grow the economy. Let's not forget the civic groups and the churches that give back to the community in so many ways.

So Beaufort County, catch that "Extreme" spirit and give back long after they "move that bus!"

And remember, there is still time to volunteer. For information, go to

Carlotta Ungaro is president and CEO of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce.