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Willenson’s camp featured on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

June 1st, 2007

The Milwaukee-based Camp Heartland, founded and operated by Milwaukeean Neil Willenson, was featured on the May 20 season finale of ABC television’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

Camp Heartland is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families facing HIV/AIDS. The organization, headquartered in Minneapolis and Milwaukee, runs a year-round camp located in northern Minnesota.

Willenson nominated New York resident and mother of three Heartland campers Debbie Oatman-Gaitan for the home makeover after hearing that her house was sinking into the ground.

In addition to renovating her home, “Extreme Makeover” also renovated a facility near Albany, N.Y., for a second Camp Heartland location, which is expected to serve an additional 250 children and family members this summer.

Adria Willenson, a muralist and Neil’s wife, participated in painting a 12 by 36 foot mural for the new Camp Heartland recreation center.