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Carousel Works

October 20, 2009 12:02 ET

Carousel Works Joins Forces With "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" to Create a Carousel-Themed Room

MANSFIELD, OH--(Marketwire - October 20, 2009) - Carousel Works of Mansfield, OH, the world's largest manufacturer of wooden carousels, joined forces with the Emmy award-winning ABC-TV program, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" to create a carousel-themed room for the Marshall Family of Lancaster, Texas.

Officer Marshall was shot in the line of duty as he served on the Dallas Police SWAT team. He is now deaf, partially paralyzed, and has since suffered through a stroke and meningitits. Their young daughter suffers from seizures as well. The family volunteers their time with TROT, a form of horse therapy for children with disabilities. What a deserving family!

Carousel Works was contacted by producers of the show to work with EMHE designer Paul DiMeo to create a one-of-a-kind carousel room for 3-year-old Jessica. With not much time, the artists at Carousel Works worked diligently late into the night to create 2 figures, a one-of-a-kind chariot bed and additional special decorative pieces for this unique venture. During the process, Paul even visited the CWI carousel factory in Mansfield, OH to gain hands-on knowledge of how wooden carousels are created and see the EMHE project in progress.

Carousel Works employees transported the finished pieces to Texas to complete the installation in the carousel room and also spent the week onsite during the creation of the Marshalls' new home. The episode was filmed in July and the Texas heat was scorching where hundreds of dedicated volunteers braved the over 100 degree heat creating this wonderful and accessible home for such a deserving family.

The celebrity guest for this episode was country superstar Trace Adkins. The original airdate was Sunday, October 18th, 8/7c on ABC and the complete episode is available on-line at www.abc.com.

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