TLC's 'WHILE YOU WERE OUT' Undertakes Royal Renovation With Duchess of York

- It's All Hands on Deck for the Cast of WHILE YOU WERE OUT

as Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Helps with Surprise

Home Makeover for Foster Mother of Eight -



- Two-Hour Special Premieres Saturday, August 13, 2005 -



Jul 25, 2005, 01:00 ET from TLC

    SILVER SPRING, Md., July 25 /PRNewswire/ -- It takes a very special story
 and a very special woman to enlist the aid of the entire cast of TLC's WHILE
 YOU WERE OUT, a member of Britain's royal family and the whole neighborhood
 for a grand surprise.
     (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030530/TLCLOGO )
     When TLC learned about Sandra, who volunteered to take eight siblings in
 need of a permanent home into her own house, WHILE YOU WERE OUT traveled to
 the small town of Lockport, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, to redesign her
 entire home.  The cause drew the attention of Sarah, Duchess of York, U.S.
 spokesperson for SOS Children's Villages USA, who rolled up her sleeves and
 lent her assistance.  The two-hour special -- WHILE YOU WERE OUT: Royal
 Renovation -- featuring the fruits of their labor, premieres Saturday, August
 13, at 9 PM (ET/PT) on TLC.
     Sandra, the subject of the makeover and WHILE YOU WERE OUT's ruse, lives
 her life as an unsung hero in the fight for child welfare.  Nearly 11 years
 ago, she began working with SOS Children's Villages USA, a nonprofit
 organization that places homeless children into loving homes.  She was awarded
 guardianship of eight brothers and sisters and, in addition to giving them a
 place to live, she lovingly completed their family.  Sandra has become a
 professional scheduler, counselor, cook, chauffer, teacher, nurse and an
 inspiration to other SOS parents.
     WHILE YOU WERE OUT will surprise Sandra with its most ambitious project
 ever by making over her entire home from top to bottom.  For this episode,
 host Evan Farmer and the series' entire team of designers, carpenters and crew
 is joined by volunteers from Lockport and the highly energetic "Fergie" --
 Sarah, Duchess of York -- to give just a little back to a woman who has given
 new meaning to the word "family."
     The theme of the home will be "Holiday/Vacation," with lead designer Mark
 Montano revamping the basement and recreation room.  He is joined by Chayse
 Dacoda for the bedroom, Nadia Geller for the living room and John Bruce for
 the kitchen, dining room and front yard.   All three of the series' carpenters
 -- Andrew Dan-Jumbo, Leslie Segrete and Jason Cameron -- pitch in as well.
 
     Putting all kinds of relationships to the test, WHILE YOU WERE OUT takes
 viewers through a secret, two-day design project that leads to a dramatic
 transformation and a surprising reveal.  Here's how it works: a homeowner
 sneakily sends his or her partner, parent or roommate out of town for a couple
 of days.  Meanwhile, the WHILE YOU WERE OUT team works around the clock to
 create a dreamed-of space.  Can they finish in time before the surprise
 returns from their trip?  All of which leads to the big surprise at the end of
 each show, announcing, "Look what we've done ... WHILE YOU WERE OUT!"
     WHILE YOU WERE OUT: Royal Renovation is sponsored by Procter & Gamble, The
 Home Depot, Hyundai Kia, MasterCard and Geek Squad.
 
 

SOURCE TLC
    SILVER SPRING, Md., July 25 /PRNewswire/ -- It takes a very special story
 and a very special woman to enlist the aid of the entire cast of TLC's WHILE
 YOU WERE OUT, a member of Britain's royal family and the whole neighborhood
 for a grand surprise.
     (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030530/TLCLOGO )
     When TLC learned about Sandra, who volunteered to take eight siblings in
 need of a permanent home into her own house, WHILE YOU WERE OUT traveled to
 the small town of Lockport, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, to redesign her
 entire home.  The cause drew the attention of Sarah, Duchess of York, U.S.
 spokesperson for SOS Children's Villages USA, who rolled up her sleeves and
 lent her assistance.  The two-hour special -- WHILE YOU WERE OUT: Royal
 Renovation -- featuring the fruits of their labor, premieres Saturday, August
 13, at 9 PM (ET/PT) on TLC.
     Sandra, the subject of the makeover and WHILE YOU WERE OUT's ruse, lives
 her life as an unsung hero in the fight for child welfare.  Nearly 11 years
 ago, she began working with SOS Children's Villages USA, a nonprofit
 organization that places homeless children into loving homes.  She was awarded
 guardianship of eight brothers and sisters and, in addition to giving them a
 place to live, she lovingly completed their family.  Sandra has become a
 professional scheduler, counselor, cook, chauffer, teacher, nurse and an
 inspiration to other SOS parents.
     WHILE YOU WERE OUT will surprise Sandra with its most ambitious project
 ever by making over her entire home from top to bottom.  For this episode,
 host Evan Farmer and the series' entire team of designers, carpenters and crew
 is joined by volunteers from Lockport and the highly energetic "Fergie" --
 Sarah, Duchess of York -- to give just a little back to a woman who has given
 new meaning to the word "family."
     The theme of the home will be "Holiday/Vacation," with lead designer Mark
 Montano revamping the basement and recreation room.  He is joined by Chayse
 Dacoda for the bedroom, Nadia Geller for the living room and John Bruce for
 the kitchen, dining room and front yard.   All three of the series' carpenters
 -- Andrew Dan-Jumbo, Leslie Segrete and Jason Cameron -- pitch in as well.
 
     Putting all kinds of relationships to the test, WHILE YOU WERE OUT takes
 viewers through a secret, two-day design project that leads to a dramatic
 transformation and a surprising reveal.  Here's how it works: a homeowner
 sneakily sends his or her partner, parent or roommate out of town for a couple
 of days.  Meanwhile, the WHILE YOU WERE OUT team works around the clock to
 create a dreamed-of space.  Can they finish in time before the surprise
 returns from their trip?  All of which leads to the big surprise at the end of
 each show, announcing, "Look what we've done ... WHILE YOU WERE OUT!"
     WHILE YOU WERE OUT: Royal Renovation is sponsored by Procter & Gamble, The
 Home Depot, Hyundai Kia, MasterCard and Geek Squad.
 
 SOURCE  TLC