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TV Celebrities “Craft Off” on Habitat for Humanity Work Site

The Craft V. Construction Wars To Take Place May 3-5 On “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”

New York, N.Y. - April 30, 1999 - Heat up the glue guns and start drilling… the craft vs. construction competition begins Monday, May 3 on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” On Monday (5/3), Tuesday (5/4) and Wednesday (5/5) only on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” Rosie teams up with Martha Stewart against Sally Jessy Raphael and “This Old House’s” Norm Abram to decide who’s the craftiest one of all. Rosie and Martha will decorate the inside of a Habitat for Humanity home and Sally and Norm will help build the exterior.

The debate began March 24 on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” when Sally told Rosie, who loves arts and crafts, that decoupage and Martha Stewart “left her cold.” Sally noted she preferred “building chimneys” and “laying floors.”

Rosie called Sally’s comments “fighting words” and challenged her to a craft off, the results of which will be aired next week when they work on a Habitat for Humanity home in Paterson, New Jersey.

Shelly McQueen is purchasing the house that Rosie, Sally, Martha and Norm are finishing. Habitat for Humanity does not give away homes; they sell them at no interest and no profit to partner families who must fulfill a “sweat equity” obligation consisting of working hundreds of hours building and constructing their homes and the homes of others. Shelly has been working on the construction of her home and appears in the “Rosie” taped pieces with her daughters Khadijah and Yasmeen and granddaughter Dominque.

“The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” a Kid Ro Production in association with Telepictures Productions, is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. Habitat brings together people with resources and people in need to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The homes are sold to those in need at no profit, through no-interest loans. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife Linda, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 70,000 houses, providing shelter for more than 350,000 people worldwide. With affiliates in every state of the United States and in 62 other countries around the world, Habitat for Humanity expects to build its 100,000th home in September, 2000.