'Race' couple Dave and Mary Conley given new car, home, and more
By Reality TV World staff, 11/08/2006
Dave and Mary Conley finished sixth on The Amazing Race 10, but after appearing on The View on Tuesday, they ended up receiving a prize package that's likely larger than what the reality show's eventual runner-up team will receive.
Calling Dave and Mary "so unbelievably kind and giving," The View showered the Kentucky couple with gifts during their Tuesday morning appearance on the syndicated ABC daytime show. After starting by announcing that they would be receiving a $1,000 Carhartt gift certificate that David (a coal miner) could use to buy workwear, The View co-host Rosie O'Donnell proceeded to announce that the couple would also be receiving an Apple PowerBook laptop computer; a Canon Rebel digital camera; three vacations to San Diego, Disneyland, and the Grand Canyon; a brand-new 2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer edition SUV; and -- in an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition-like twist -- a brand-new home.
"You said you hope your kids don't grow up to be like you -- I hope your kids do grow up to be like you Mary, because you're one amazing woman and you [David] are one amazing guy," O'Donnell told David and Mary, who were eliminated from The Amazing Race 10 at the conclusion of Sunday night's broadcast.
According to O'Donnell's original on-air announcement, the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath cape-style house, donated by Champion Enterprises, a nationwide builder of modular homes, was to be erected on the same lot on which the Stone, Kentucky residents' current trailer home is located and be waiting for them upon their return home. "We know that you live in a trailer there in Kentucky... [but] when you get home you will have that brand-new three bedroom house on your lot," O'Donnell announced on The View's Tuesday broadcast.
However according to a Champion press release issued on Wednesday, the house -- still unbuilt -- will be "shipped to a yet to be decided location" in the couple's hometown.
A Champion-released photo of the modular home model that Dave and Mary Conley will be receiving
As for the fate of the Conley's current home, The View asked Dave and Mary to "pay it forward." "What we want you to do is to give the house that you're in to someone you know who needs it, because that's your nature, that's who you are, and we want to thank you so much for bring us so much joy," O'Donnell, who also invited the couple to participate in her R Family Vacation company's next gay and lesbian family friendly cruise, explained to Dave and Mary.
Unlike its Surivor ($100,000) and Big Brother ($50,000) reality shows, CBS doesn't openly disclose the value of the cash prize that The Amazing Race's runner-up teams receive. When contacted by Reality TV World on Wednesday, a Champion spokeswoman stated that she could not provide an approximate retail value for the home. According to Ford's website, a 2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer edition SUV has a base manufacturer's suggested retail price of $28,995.