ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover on ABC | The Nashville Build | Summer 2010

In September, LP Building Products and Hardaway Construction Corp. teamed up with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and thousands of volunteers from across Middle Tennessee to rebuild the preschool, a part of Lighthouse Christian School, which has been run by the Sweatt family since 2003.

In spite of the damage to eight of its 18 buildings on the school campus, the Sweatt family demonstrated true Tennessee volunteerism, taking it upon themselves to spearhead a flood recovery effort and help more than 200 families by providing shelter, food, water, clothing, counseling, and a myriad of other social and financial services. At the same time, Lighthouse School did not have the resources to find skilled labor to rebuild. Sadly, the entire school was in jeopardy of closing.

“We are proud of this opportunity to help out a local family and organization that has so often reached out to help others,” said Rick Olszewski, executive vice president of sales and marketing for LP Building Products. “We deeply appreciate all of the volunteers and companies who took this cause to heart, and we can’t wait for the entire nation to see the strength and spirit of the Nashville people when this show hits the air.”

“We were honored to have the opportunity to serve as the builder for this project as we joined with local volunteers and businesses to give back to the Nashville community,” said Stan Hardaway, president of HARDAWAY Construction Corp. “This is a school and an organization that has used all its resources to help others in its community get back on their feet following this flood. Giving back is part of their DNA. One of the reasons I was so inspired by the Sweatt family and Lighthouse School is that I know they will continue to pay this gift forward for years and years to come. That is incredible.”

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The Bootstraps Foundation

The Bootstraps Foundation exists to assist persevering young men and women across Middle Tennessee who have, despite severe obstacles and hardships in life, miraculously placed themselves in a position to attend college. Each year, The Bootstraps Foundation is flooded with applications from students who have the desire to expand their education beyond high school. Choosing between these deserving applicants is difficult.  We realize that our scholarships may make the difference between someone being able to better themselves through higher education or extinguishing the hope for these young people. Our goal is to increase the number of scholarships that we offer to the youth of Middle Tennessee, every year.

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Rio Grande Fence Co. of Nashville is honored to be able to give back to the community we work in through various projects such as ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover and the Nashville Bootstraps Foundation.

Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer's Association is a charity near and dear to the Rio Grande Fence family. Our founder, Lee Smith, lost his battle with this devastating disease on October 5th, 2010. We were proud to support the effort to find a cure for Alzheimer's by sponsoring an event called Blondes vs. Brunettes® Nashville at D1 Sports Complex in Franklin, TN back on January 26th, 2012. Blondes vs. Brunettes® is a volunteer-driven event in the form of a flag football game for women, designed to bring young community leaders together to support the mission of the Alzheimer's Association. 

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CASA Nashville

Rio Grande Fence Co. of Nashville was a proud sponsor of CASA Nashville's Red Shoe Party in 2012, 2013 and 2014 to help CASA's unpaid volunteers find safe & permanent homes for Nashville's abused and neglected children. All children deserve shelter and love. Yet, each year in Nashville, nearly 2,000 children are abused, neglected or abandoned by their own families. Removed from their homes and placed in foster care or institutions, they eventually end up in court where a judge decides their fate. Help CASA's unpaid Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers find safe and permanent homes for Nashville's children.


Learn more and support CASA Nashville's efforts to help protect our community's kids at or follow them on Twitter @CASANashville

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