BCC is thrilled to have been selected as WMAR ABC2 Baltimore’s Built Upon a Dream grant recipient!
This page will get updated as the show progresses – so please check back every few weeks!
Modeled after ABC’s very popular Extreme Home Makeover show, instead of selecting a family the Built Upon a Dream TV special chooses an area charity to help. WMAR ABC 2 brings together some of the region’s best builders, contractors, architects, and dozens of volunteers to make the show possible. The small joke we have within BCC is, “This is not built upon a nap. This is built upon a DREAM!” The show’s producers and everyone involved views the show this way as well, and we cannot say thank you enough for everyone’s energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to the kids and families we serve.
BCC’s show focus is going to be on our Baltimore Campus. Bath Fitters is donating six bathroom renovations across three of the cottages. Manakin Construction and a host of other vendors are completely rennovating the weight room, canteen, and creating a recording studio. The weight room renovation is complete thanks to help from T. Rowe Price and the Towson Elk’s Club. The full TV special is slated to air in mid to late August.
Laurie Anne Spagnola, President and CEO; Nicole Smith, Executive Director of Maryland and D.C. programs; and Kristian Sekse, Chief Operating Officer, give an overview of BCC and who the show is ultimately benefiting – the children and families served by BCC. Big thank you to T. Rowe Price as they did the first half of the weight room renovation in the gym!
First aired July 12, 2019 during Good Morning Maryland. WMAR-2 website original story.
First aired August 9, 2019 during the ABC 2 evening news. WMAR-2 website original story.
Towson Elk Club volunteers wrapped up the weight room renovation at the end of July by installing the new floor and doing the second coat of paint.
BCC is still in need of donations for our TV show!
We are looking for:
- Gently used gym cardio equipment (e.g. treadmills, elliptical, stationary bikes)
- Area contractors, plumbers, electricians, painters, and floor specialists who want to get involved.
- Opportunities large and small!
- Vendors must be licensed and bonded in Maryland to participate.
- Cash donations to purchase smaller items and furnishings
- Musical instruments.
- Drum kit
- Electric guitar
- Amplifiers and 1/4″ audio cables
- Vocal Microphone
- USB microphones to clip onto instruments > feed to laptops for recording
- Audio geeks who can help us set up a recording studio!
At this stage of the TV show we are not looking for additional volunteer groups. However, drop us a line if this is something you’d like to explore as there will be future projects at BCC you might want to get involved with.
To get involved with the show fill out the form below so our Development team can get back to you!
It truly takes a village to get this TV show together. BCC would like to extend a very special thank you to Belinda Lee, the show’s creator and magician for not only selecting BCC as the grant recipient but also for securing all the donations and sponsors behind the scenes. None of this would be possible without you! We’d also like to thank Christian Schaffer, one of the ABC 2 morning show anchors. He will be hosting the TV show later in August and has just dived in with both feet learning about BCC. We are very grateful for his passion and guidance! Thank you also to Lauren Uhlig and the team at Hord Coplan and Macht for the incredible architectural drawings and interior design spreads. You are all so talented and it has been incredibly fun working with you and seeing what you can dream up for us. Finally thank you to Don Kaminski and the team at Manekin Construction for your leadership, guidance, and generous donation of time and materials.