Nearly 1,000 screaming spectators, some friends some strangers, gathered in Lewes Wednesday to help the Dunning family yell “Move that bus!” as Ty Pennington and the cast of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” revealed the four-building complex, equipped with a huge kitchen and home for the family.
Dale, Ken and Brooks Dunning returned home from a relaxing vacation Wednesday afternoon with nearly 1,000 people and a host of TV cameras in the lawn of their new home and soup kitchen.
The screaming spectators, some friends, some strangers, were all there to help the Dunnings yell “Move that bus!” as Ty Pennington and the cast of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” revealed the four-building complex, equipped with a huge kitchen and home for the family.
The Dunnings, who operate the Sussex County soup kitchen, Juust Sooup Ministries, was Delaware’s second family to be featured on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
Dale, the president and founder of the organization, serves nearly 1,000 meals a week to local families and homeless community members.
“I can do more,” Dunning said last week when she first learned she and her family were selected by the show’s producers. “The commercial kitchen’s going to be the greatest. If I can have a four-burner stove and make 950 quarts of soup a week, just imagine what I can do with 10 or 15.”
The “Extreme” cast was on the scene during the reveal Wednesday, including Pennington, John Littlefield, Paige Hemmis and Michael Moloney. In between shoots, they could be found signing autographs for spectators.
The production crew spent approximately two hours on the scene Wednesday shooting various shots of the crowd and the bus. The whole project was completed in a little over a week.
When the family arrived at about 1 p.m., and it was time to move the bus, the crowd was pumped and the family was ecstatic. After catching that first glimpse of the buildings, Dale, her husband Ken and son Brooks all jumped in the air and cried.
"No one else is more deserving,” said Jacalyn Streett of Lewes, a friend of Dale’s. "No matter what she’s gone through, she’s always held her head high. This is marvelous, absolutely wonderful.”
The buildings, all located on five acres of property off Cool Springs Road, on Route 9 between Georgetown and Lewes, was built by Schell Brothers construction, based out of Rehoboth Beach.
The complex includes solar panels, low-energy heating and other innovations designed to keep energy costs as low as possible.
Schell Brothers also set up a charitable trust, where the community can donate to help the family maintain the costs of the property.
The Dunnings will appear on ABC as part of the show’s Thanksgiving episode in late October.