Terry Morrow: Restoration House uses 'Extreme' measures as fundraiser

Daniel and Mandy Watson of Restoration House will host a benefit built around "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" to raise funds for the organization's new project.

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Daniel and Mandy Watson of Restoration House will host a benefit built around "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" to raise funds for the organization's new project.

Volunteers continue construction on a new home that is being built for the 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' reality TV show for Daniel and Mandy Watson on Robinson Road in West Knoxville on Sunday, January 15, 2012.

Photo by Chad Greene, 2012

Volunteers continue construction on a new home that is being built for the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" reality TV show for Daniel and Mandy Watson on Robinson Road in West Knoxville on Sunday, January 15, 2012.

Restoration House is taking advantage of the national exposure it will be getting from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" later this month.

The nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income mothers will have a viewing party, hosted by Grace Construction (the lead builder for the "Extreme Makeover" project), at the Tennessee Theatre on Nov. 26, when its episode airs. In January, "Extreme" built a new home for Restoration's founders, Daniel and Mandy Watson.

Now, the Watsons are headlining the next phase of Restoration House by adding another 24 units dubbed The Village and encourages viewing parties where guests can pledge donations to The Village's fund.

"Each (party guest) pledges or donates $10, $50, $100 or more, whatever they can give," says Connie Wilson, a spokesperson for Restoration House.

"This money is then collected by the host and donated to The Restoration House for The Village. Money can be donated online real-time, too, if donors/guests prefer."

Details on Restoration House's own viewing party will be announced soon.

More information can be found at TheRestorationHouse.net.

The Village's ground breaking is set for March.

In Knoxville, the episode will air 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, on WATE, Channel 6.

n On 'CSI: NY.' Farragut native Jake Thomas will be this week's guest on "CSI: New York" (9 p.m. Friday, WVLT, Channel 8). The story involves a psychiatrist, whose patients are murdered. Thomas plays Steve, a "young man with troubles."

n On 'Jeff Probst.' Local entrepreneur Moll Anderson will be on "The Jeff Probst Show," airing 10 a.m. today on WATE. She'll promote her new book, "Seductive Tables for Two: Table Scapes, Picnics & Recipes That Inspire Romance."

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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