For Immediate Release:

January 6, 2012

Media Alert

Boca Raton Makes Debut in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Set to Air Tonight


ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition filmed a vacation segment in Boca Raton in October 2011 for the Gibbs Family while the EMHE team built their house in West Union, Iowa. In the second-to-last-episode of the popular television series, Audrey Gibbs and her six children were whisked away for a fun, family vacation at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in The Palm Beaches & Boca Raton. The family spent six days enjoying the resort and some of the amenities Boca Raton has to offer, which will be featured heavily throughout the program. Audrey, a widow, has been left legally blind following a brain aneurism. The Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau secured the opportunity, and worked with the Boca Raton Resort & Club and various area attractions to ensure the Gibbs family enjoyed their time in Florida.


Friday, January 6, 2012 8pm.


ABC Television Network

About Episode:

In its second-to-last-episode, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition reached out to help the everyday heroes throughout the United States. Following the death of her husband, Audrey Gibbs found herself going blind due to an abundance of brain aneurisms. With her vision nearly lost permanently, and a house in such despair it lacked a working toilet, the EMHE team decided to step in and build Gibbs and her family a safe home. With the help of The Palm Beach County CVB and the Boca Raton Resort & Club, as well as other community sponsors, including local artist Norman Gitzen, the family experienced an unforgettable family vacation to provide memories to last Audrey a lifetime, long after her vision is permanently gone.

About Norman Gitzen:

In addition to enjoying time at the resort and Boca Raton's attractions, Lake Worth artist Norman Gitzen worked tirelessly for days to create a one-of-a-kind sculpture for the Gibbs' new home. While his works generally sell for thousands of dollars, Gitzen donated the statue as an in-kind gift for Audrey, with an emphasis on her passion for the sea, to remember her vacation to The Palm Beaches & Boca Raton for years to come. In addition to being an accomplished sculptor, he is a talented wood worker and jewelry artist. More information about Norman Gitzen can be found at

Media Contact:

Carli Smith/Palm Beach County CVB,

Maria Hayworth/Hayworth Creative PR,

1555 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, Suite 800, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

561.233.3000 Fax 561.233.3009

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