Remember Alex Brown Extreme Tour 2011

Brown Family & Mark McGuinn to Hit The Road with Palm Harbor for RAB

The Remember Alex Brown Tour is hitting the road to promote the new song by Mark McGuinn called ‘Til You Got Home as well as the episode of Extreme Makeover Home Edition airing on Jan 30th at 8:00 PM EST (7 Central) as a special two hour episode featuring Palm Harbor Homes’ second home built for Extreme Makeover. But the ultimate purpose of the entire tour is to raise awareness and money for the Remember Alex Brown Foundation to stop texting and driving. Come meet the Brown family and hear their story in person – and see up close what can happen when you text and drive.

Tour Dates & Times

Tue 1/25 Wed 1/26 Thu 1/27 Fri 1/28 Sat 1/29 Sun 1/30
Bossier City/Tyler Austin Ft Worth Dallas Abilene/Midland Brownfield
Tickets For Benefit Concerts Tickets for the benefit concerts are on a first come first serve basis – due to space limitations at the venues. To be guaranteed a ticket, you can donate $7 or more to the Remember Alex Brown Foundation and you will be automatically added to the guest list.ย You will simply need to show your ID at the door.
  • Tyler, TX, Tuesday January 25 – The Tour hits Bossier City, LA and Tyler TX on January 25th. The tour will be making a stop at our Palm Harbor Home sales centers in Bossier City, LA and Tyler TX.
    Call 888-466-3718 for more info.
  • Austin, TX, Wednesday January 26 – The Tour then heads to Austin on January 26th. The tour will be making stops at area Palm Harbor Home Model Centers in the Austin area.Call 888-466-3718 for more info.
  • Fort Worth TX, Thursday January 27th – The tour will continue Thursday with visits to all Fort Worth Palm Harbor locations then a concert at Fat Daddy’s on Thursday night @ 5th & Taylor Street in downtown Fort Worth, Texas 76102. Doors open at 7:00. Free tickets available at all area Palm Harbor locations.Call 888-466-3718 for more info.
  • Dallas TX, Friday January 28th – The tour will continue Friday with visits to all Dallas locations then a concert at the famous Gilley’s Saloon in Dallas on Friday night @ 1135 S Lamar Street Dallas TX 75215. Doors open at 7:00. Free tickets available at all area Palm Harbor locations.Call 888-466-3718 for more info.
  • Midland/Odessa & Abilene TX, Saturday January 29th – The Tour will continue in the Midland/Odessa area on Saturday January 29th with stops during the day at our Palm Harbor locations in Abilene and Midland and then a benefit concert co-sponsored by Lonestar 92 at Dos Amigos @ 4700 Golder Ave. Odessa, TX 79764. Free Tickets available at all area Palm Harbor locations.Call 888-466-3718 for more info.
  • Lubbock TX, Sunday January 30th – The tour then moves to West Texas to have an afternoon BBQ and one last benefit concert and a watching party with the Brown family and all of the West Texas Community responsible for making all of this happen. This concert will be a huge celebration for all!!! Starts at 5 PM at Blue Light Live in Lubbock TX with the BBQ, the concert will start at 6 PM with a break between sets at 7 PM to watch Extreme Makeover on the big screen with the Brown family. Space is limited and on a first come first serve basis. To get tickets in advance, simply donate $7 or more to the Remember Alex Brown Foundation and we will automatically add you to the guest list.Call 888-466-3718 for more info.

Open House Promo at all Palm Harbor Homes Locations January 28-30

We will be hosting an Open House Promo at all Palm Harbor locations to show off the Brown family’s floor plan that we built for the Extreme Makeover episode airing on January 30th.

Move That Bus – The Song

Nashville recording artist Mark McGuinn wrote a song inspired by Alex’s story called ‘Til you Got Home. Half of the proceeds of each song will go to research to finding a cure for ALS.

19 Days 14 Hours 23 Minutes and 12 Seconds Until Extreme Makeover Airs

But who’s counting? Well, we are ๐Ÿ™‚

As you may know, Palm Harbor Homes built a second home with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for the Brown family in West Texas in mid November. We are now inside three weeks from when the episode airs on January 30th at 8:00 PM Eastern (7:00 PM Central) as a special two hour episode.

The Brown Family
The Brown Family View On Flickr

It seems like just yesterday that we met the Brown family of Wellman TX and to say that Jeanne, Johnny Mac and Katrina Brown captured our hearts would be a huge understatement. We never had a chance to meet their daughter Alex but we got to know her through her friends and family and even from strangers who had also grown to love her because of what her life meant to others both before and after her death.

Alex died while texting and driving. Sadly, eleven other teens died that day across America – and the next day and the next……eleven teens die every day from distracted driving. The Browns tell us that Alex’ dream was to change the world. They never imagined the circumstances but she is saving lives now!

Remember Alex Brown

Alex's wrecked truck
Alex’s wrecked truck View On Flickr

The Browns started a crusade immediately after Alex’ death by traveling to nearby schools with Alex’ wrecked truck in tow, telling teens about the dangers of texting and driving. We were fortunate enough to see their presentation to about 600 teenagers the day we surprised them with the entire Extreme Makeover Design team. It became real clear real fast how important their work is when we saw 600 teens commit to never text and drive on the very roads where our families would be driving.

So Palm Harbor Homes joined the crusade and it actually became the focus of the build week, way more important than the house we were building. Our entire team had to come to terms with the fact that we also faced the risks of texting and driving every single day and we all signed the pledge and promised not to ever do it.

We started a fundraising campaign to help the Browns with their mission and we plan to continue for as long as there are people on the road texting and driving who need to hear Alex’ story. We want to help the Browns spread their message across the country in all 50 states. All they really need are two things: money and invitations.

It works out to about one dollar per person that they can reach.

So in a couple of weeks, we want to hit the road with them and raise awareness about the dangers of texting and driving. Would you be willing to help their mission? Whether you can give one dollar or one thousand or any amount in between, please consider joining the cause. You can click here and give any amount.

If it costs the Browns on average one dollar per person that they reach with the story of Alex’ death, how many people can you “sponsor” to hear about the dangers of texting and driving. It is a growing problem as more and more people feel compelled to send messages while driving. Recent studies suggest it’s more dangerous than drinking and driving.

Remember Alex Brown Tour January 24-30

During the week of January 24th thru the 30th, we are planning a tour with the Browns to raise awareness for the Remember Alex Brown Foundation – which exists solely for the purpose of telling everyone about the dangers of texting and driving. We will hit as many cities as possible.

Song for Alex called ‘Til You Got Home by Nashville Recording Artist Mark McGuinn

Nashville recording artist Mark McGuinn has written a song for Alex called ‘Til You Got Home. It has not yet been released but everyone who sponsors the Remember Alex Brown Tour will receive a free download of the song. Simply donate and we will email you a free download of the song which is not yet available to the general public. Again, give any amount you can afford to give and you will receive the song.

We will be releasing tour dates soon.

Open letter to the Brown Family from the Palm Harbor Family

Dear Brown Family,

I hope this letter finds you nice and relaxed and hopefully all alone finally โ€“ or with close friends and family – and not around a bunch of cameras and builders bugging you non stop ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a few things I wanted to pass on about this past week in West Texas.

It seems like just yesterday and somehow it seems like six months ago that we first met you when we surprised you at Seagraves High School with the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team rolling up on you in the Extreme bus. We showed up during one of your presentations you give to teens about the dangers of Texting and Driving. As we now know, eleven teens die every day in America from distracted driving and tragically, your daughter Alex was one of them a year ago. Over the following seven days, a series of miraculous events took place and I just wanted to recapture the experience for you as best I can.

Day By Day Summary

Now I’d like to walk you through a day by day summary of what happened. There is NO way to capture the energy and the spirit of everything we all experienced but I feel compelled to try my best because it was such an amazing experience for all that were there in Wellman, whether for one volunteer shift or for the entire week. We announced by Press Release to the West Texas Community on Oct 27th. We announced the Pep Rally Details on Nov 2nd. We asked people to help with Changing Lives on Nov 5th. We were first blown away by What a response from West Texas on Nov 15th. Then when things got really fun and exciting…..

Day 1

The Brown Family at Seagraves High School during their presentation to the students about the dangers of texting and driving. Day 1 pictures on Facebook. View On Flickr

Day 1 – November 16th – Congrats Brown Family

As you know we surprised you at Seagraves High School during your presentation to roughly 600 high school students about the dangers of texting and driving. What you didn’t know is that we had pre-arranged for all the students to surprise you with a stadium size banner letting you know you had been selected to receive a home from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Palm Harbor Homes. While the event was overshadowed by all the cameras and celebrities, the message about the tragedy of Alex’ death was not lost on any of us. See pictures. And as if this day wasn’t already special enough to all of us, it was also my birthday. ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 2 – November 17th – Out With The Old
As you know from watching the show, typically we demolish the existing home but this week was different in every way, it was all about giving. Rather than demolish your previous home, we donated it to Habitat For Humanity. We know you wanted to preserve Alex’ bedroom and now some other really lucky family will be in a new home hopefully before the holiday season ends. After we pulled your existing home out, we immediately started working on the foundation for the new home. We sent out an email update to all your friends in West Texas and Colleen and I did one of our soon to become infamous videos. See pictures also.

Day 3 – November 18th – In With The New
Day three is when the new home showed up. We say “showed up” because it was already built. As you now know, your home is a factory built modular home so the home was fully constructed to local code in our building facility in Fort Worth, TX and shipped to your location to be set by crane once the foundation was ready. We built three modules for the home and two more modules for the garage/office. This was also the day we started getting some real traction with our fundraising and our campaign to have people sign the pledge to not text and drive. It was the day where we started seeing a house and a movement materialize before our very eyes. See pics and video where we all started really wondering about Colleen. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Day 4 – November 19th – Hardcore Construction Day

Day 4

Our voluteer coordinators at opposite shifts – for seven days they only saw each other at shift change…..and they both got the job done in amazing ways! Day 4 pictures on Facebook. View On Flickr

Day four was simply hard work day. Not that every day didn’t involve major effort but it was the day all hands were needed on deck finishing the house on the inside and outside as well as prepping the grounds for landscaping. If there was a day I worried about our team and/or the volunteers, it was day four. My worries turned out to be for naught. No one flinched. No one slowed down. No one skipped a beat. You can tell by the pictures from day four, it was simply a hard working day and it was also the day we got back on schedule from the previous wind and frigid temperatures slowed us down on day two. Day four is the day we were most grateful for all the people involved. It was a great day.

Day 5 – November 20th – We Have A House

Day five is when the house was finished. Not the HOME, the HOUSE. The structure. The modules. There was a structure in place and fully set and finished out from a construction standpoint. It would be become a HOME over the next couple of days but day five was the completion of the house. It was also the day the spectator area started filling up as well as the fundraising buckets. Since it was Saturday, we set up a tailgate party with five TVs of all the college football games for all the football enthusiasts. The most people I ever heard being gathered there was three. It’s just one of those kinda gigs, no one cared about anything but doing their thing to finish your home and raise all the money possible for the RAB fund. You can tell by the pictures that it was another day of amazing people doing amazing things in an amazingly short period of time. We sent out a newsletter update and did a quick video but then got right back to work. Today is when the banner started getting real full. ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 6 – November 21st – We Hear the Browns are in Town ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 6

More than 900 people signed the Remember Alex Brown Pledge. Day 6 pictures on Facebook. View On Flickr

Day six was awesome!!! The House became a Home and we got a chance to say hello to you at the little mini rally we had at the school Sunday evening. We announced a public event at the school early that day and by the time the doors opened, there were over 900 people lined up to get into the school. All signed the pledge, got their thumb ring and heard the news that 50 schools in 50 states also took the pledge. We also heard the news about the RAB fund goal of $25,000 as well as some news about your trip. We have some choppy video of the event as we were attempting to report everything on live streaming video. The signal strength in the area wasn’t great but we tried anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ but we also have some good pictures.

Day 7 – November 22nd – Move That Bus

Day seven doesn’t require much of an update although it is by far everyone’s favorite day. But hey, you were there ๐Ÿ™‚ It was simply an awesome day, beautiful weather, gigantic crowd and full of emotion. But also a day where it all came together beautifully. We had a great day of fundraising – see video and a great day of pictures.

Brown Family,

We are so excited about you now being a member of the Palm Harbor Homes family. It’s hard to express how we feel about you, your extended family and your amazing community. West Texas is an amazing place filled with great people and they all feel the same about you that we do – that you are an amazing family committed to saving lives in remembrance of Alex and we plan to be with you every step of the way as you continue to tell her story and educate teens and adults about the dangers of texting and driving.

We will continue raising money for the Remember Alex Brown fund thru the Donate button on this siteย and we encourage everyone to visit your new website called and to join the Facebook Groups called:

And a special thanks to our sponsors.

And as Ty says, Welcome Home Brown family, welcome home. See you soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

Day Seven – The House is Almost Done, Now The Best Part

We are ‘Moving That Bus’ and starting a new beginning to the Brown’s mission against Texting and Driving

It seems like just yesterday and somehow it seems like six months ago that we first met the Browns when we surprised them at Seagraves High School with the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team. We showed up during one of their presentations they give to teens about the dangers of Texting and Driving. Eleven teens die every day in America from distracted driving and their daughter Alex was one of them a year ago.

The Browns started their own campaign to tell every teen in America about Alex’ tragic death in hopes that other teens won’t die over something as simple as a text message. We want to help them tell their story. They have a flatbed truck with the wrecked truck that they tow around to other schools. We want to fund their mission to make sure every teen in America hears their message.

Again, eleven teens per day die from distracted driving. That ends today!!!!

We just announced a major donation and we need more to grow. Click here to donate online. Give one dollar and tell your friends. We all have cell phones and we all face the risks of distracted driving so we all bear the burden of telling the world not to text and drive.

Day Five – The House Is Set!

The House is set, interior work begins soon and landscaping is next.

Three modules of the home and two modules for the garage have been set so now the finish work begins. Paint, landscaping, drywall, trim, stonework and the list goes on. Day five is half way over and we are on a roll.

You can be a part of the Brown family history! As you know, we started a fund for the Browns to help them continue their mission to stop other teens from Texting and Driving. Eleven teens die every day in America from distracted driving and the browns want to tell Alex’ story in every corner of America. You can help make that happen.

We want to ask everyone for at least one dollar. Imagine how many teens the Browns could reach if 100,000 people gave one dollar each. In this age of social media, all it takes is for you to donate and ask all your friends to do the same.

We are going to give the family a banner from this week and EVERY person’s name who donates will be written on the banner. Click here to donate online. Whether you give one dollar or one thousand dollars, we will add your name to the banner. PLUS, you can see it happen on live streaming video along with a real time update on the amount raised.