Designing Spaces™ Features Columbia Management on Front Lines of Military Home Makeover Series

“Designing Spaces of Hope – Military Makeover” series airing beginning this Friday, November 21, will chronicle the renovations of the townhouse of a Purple Heart Hero and his family; R. Lee Ermey, “The Gunny” to host the series on Lifetime.

Pompano Beach, FL, November 20, 2014 --( Award-winning home improvement show Designing Spaces™ will feature Columbia Management in the first episode of the “Designing Spaces of Hope – Military Makeover” three-part miniseries on Friday, November 21 at 7:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime to help a young veteran and his wife learn about saving and planning for college for their baby boy.

“Designing Spaces of Hope – Military Makeover” presented by Nissan, will air for three consecutive Fridays, November 21, 28 and December 5, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime and is hosted by “The Gunny,” R. Lee Ermey.

The show will chronicle the renovations of the home of wounded Purple Heart Hero Stephen Lunt, his wife Ashley and their son. While in Afghanistan, Lunt was forced to fight an insurgent in hand-to-hand combat, resulting in injuries, surgeries, and a long and painful recovery. Viewers will need to tune-in to hear his inspiring full story.

Ryan White from Columbia Management was on location in Summerville S.C. during the renovations to talk about the current college landscape and what a 529 plan is, and the features and benefits of this tax-advantaged savings vehicle designed to help families like the Lunt’s save for the important goal of a college education.

The Columbia Management Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan, which offers a robust investment line-up with funds from some of the industry’s top money managers is also one of the lowest-cost plans in the country, so more money stays in the account for college.

“Many people aren’t aware of 529 plans and their ability to help families save for college; the show’s educational format allows us to bring awareness to families about the reality of today’s college landscape and how a 529 plan can help them save for the increasing cost of college,” said Stephanie Giardina, Marketing Manager, 529 Plans.

Ermey, “The Gunny,” is a retired United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant and Drill Instructor and is best known for his TV and Movie career which has spanned over three decades, including his break-out role as the tough drill instructor Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket.

Designing Spaces along with their valued partners like Columbia Management will take viewers step-by-step along the journey to see how the townhouse, provided mortgage-free by Operation Homefront, is transformed into a more comfortable home for the Lunt family. Through its Homes on the Homefront program, Operation Homefront – with the help of its corporate partners – awards mortgage-free homes to veterans of any era, helping bring the American dream of home ownership to those who have sacrificed so much for their country.

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About Designing Spaces™
Entering its 11th year, Designing Spaces™ continues to be one of America’s favorite home improvement shows. The show inspires viewers on decorating ideas, do-it-yourself projects and step-by-step home improvements to help make every space count and provide solutions to help you enjoy the space you live, work and play in. Designing Spaces™ Family of Spaces includes Think Green Spaces, Kids Spaces and its widely popular Spaces of Hope which prides itself on assisting people and places in dire need of a makeover including children’s shelters, animal shelters, military families and more. Designing Spaces™ airs Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime Television.

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