Rockville, MD-based Aronson & Company employees are well-known for their commitment to the community, but recently they took that commitment to the "extreme." During the second week in November, the firm sponsored its client, Dan Ryan Builders, in their efforts with ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition television show, which changes the lives of struggling families by remodeling their homes. Dan Ryan Builders took the lead as the homebuilder on the project and A&C pledged $7,500 to go directly to the family and donated accounting services to the family to help them manage the financial obligations of their new living space. A&C staffers aren't afraid to get their hands dirty, however: Zach Barker, Abba Blum, Dan Bures, Tom Cordrey, Maral Nakashian and Michele Raptosh all volunteered to work onsite during the project, lending a hand wherever needed!
This season, the show's theme is focused on celebrating the heroes of the community. Matthew and Blasia Drumm, of Mont Alto, PA (20 minutes past the MD state line), and their three sons are known throughout their community for their dedication to serving the needs of disabled children. According to an article in the Waynesboro Record Herald, the couple helps manage a special needs Little League team, and during the school year Blasia Drumm works as a teacher's aide at Franklin Learning Center near Chambersburg. It is reported that the Drumms bought their home unaware that the surrounding area and the home itself were often used as a place to dump trash and other waste.
The Drumm family was treated to a week-long trip to Disney World while volunteers razed their dilapidated home, which was heated by a single wood-burning stove, and rebuilt a new farm house from the foundation up. The A&C team assisted the renovation team with a variety of tasks including moving and arranging furniture, setting up the kitchen, cleaning up the site, helping the painters, and volunteering at the check-in tent to hand out t-shirts and nametags to the other workers onsite.
Michele Raptosh, an Audit & Accounting Senior working with the Real Estate Industry Services Group, commented on the project: "The entire experience was moving and wonderful. We got to meet Blasia's father (the family's grandfather) and watch him go through the house and see what had been done for his daughter's family. I was also given the opportunity to tour the house with the owner of the company himself, Dan Ryan, and have him explain all the details to me. It was wonderful to know that a client of yours took such pride in helping a complete stranger." As an added bonus, the A&C team got to work and chat directly with Didiayer Snyder and Eduardo Xol, two of the show's well-known designers.
On Friday, November 14th, a crowd of 5,000 people braved the cold and fog to watch the eagerly anticipated "Move that Bus!" festivities, where Extreme Makeover: Home Edition host, Ty Pennington, shows the family their new home. To see the family's joyous reaction, you will have to tune in to the show when it airs in January on ABC!
You can see more photos from the event, read the project blog, or even donate money to the Drumm family to help with their everyday expenses.