|[November 28, 2012]
Stewart Title Guaranty Company to be a Part of the Upcoming Episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition® Airing Dec. 17
HOUSTON --(Business Wire)--
Stewart Title Guaranty Company will be featured on an upcoming
Christmas-themed episode of ABC television's popular Extreme Makeover:
Home Edition (EM: HE) airing Sunday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. EST. The company
participated with host Ty Pennington, a team of designers and
HelpingaHero.org to build a custom home for a wounded U.S. Army veteran.
Through Stewart's philanthropic program, Community of Sharing™, more
than 1,900 associates of Stewart Title Guaranty Company's independent
agency network participated to raise more than $42,000, exceeding
Stewart's $35,000 donation goal, to help make home ownership in
Floresville, TX possible for one wounded veteran, Staff Sergeant Shilo
Harris, USA (Ret.).
As part of its contribution to the effort, Stewart Title also
coordinated a mortgage payoff and clear title for Harris' previous home.
In addition, HelpingaHero.org and EM: HE hosted a VIP fundraiser which
raised more than $1.1 million. Funds were used to pay off the mortgage
on the Harris family's new dream home and support 10 additional
homebuilding projects to be undertaken by HelpingaHero.org in 2012.
"Stewart Title is proud to have worked side-by-side with our network of
independent title agencies, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and
HelpingaHero.org to help support our wounded veterans who have given so
much to this country," said George Houghton, Stewart's group president,
agency operations. "It's always rewarding to help families get into
their adapted dream homes, and it was especially so in this case as
evidenced by the tremendous outpouring of support from our independent
agencies who were inspired by our heroes."
Harris, a third generation Army veteran, was severely injured in Iraq
whn an explosive device hit his truck and burned more than 40 percent
of his body. Even after numerous surgeries and an extensive recovery
time, Harris continues to have issues with regulating his body
temperature and breathing that were difficult to contend with in the
mobile home he shared with his wife and children. The new home features
an air filtration and conditioning system which will help ease his
health challenges due to his extensive burns.
"As a Gold Star Dad, this project is very near and dear to me," Houghton
continues. "I am glad that we are able to help in some way those who
have so valiantly served our country."
The episode concludes the heart-tugging series' four-episode return to
ABC and features appearances by J.R. Martinez of "Dancing with the
Stars" and "All My Children," and country music superstar Lee Greenwood,
who performs "God Bless the USA."
About Community of Sharing
Stewart's Community of Sharing program gives aid to communities and
causes that support home ownership, promote good will, and build a
"community of giving back" within Stewart associates, offices and
network of agencies across the United States. The partnership with
HelpingaHero.org will continue to help building homes for veterans
wounded defending our country.
HelpingaHero.org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization
providing support for military personnel, severely injured in the war on
terror. HelpingaHero.org's principal activity is to provide specially
adapted homes for qualifying service members as well as engaging the
community to provide services and resources for our wounded heroes and
their families. To date, 61 homes have been awarded in 15 states. More
information can be found at http://www.helpingahero.org.
Stewart Title Guaranty Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart
Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC), a customer-focused, global title
insurance and real estate services company offering products and
services through our direct operations, network of approved agencies and
other companies within the Stewart family. Stewart provides these
services to homebuyers and sellers; residential and commercial real
estate professionals; mortgage lenders and servicers; title agencies and
real estate attorneys; home builders; and United States and foreign
governments. Stewart also provides loan origination and servicing
support; loan review services; loss mitigation; REO asset management;
home and personal insurance services; tax-deferred exchanges; and
technology to streamline the real estate process. Offering personalized
service, industry expertise and customized solutions for virtually any
type of real estate transaction, Stewart is the preferred real estate
services provider. More information can be found at http://www.stewart.com/news.
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