"CURVES" FOUNDERS GARY & DIANE HEAVIN
LIVE ON WELFARE FOR A WEEK IN HOUSTON'S "THIRD WARD,"
ON ABC'S "SECRET MILLIONAIRE"
"Gary & Diane Heavin: Houston, TX" -- "Secret Millionaire" is a one-hour alternative series that follows six of America's most successful business people as they spend a week in the country's poorest areas and ultimately gift deserving members of the community with hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money. In this episode, Gary & Diane Heavin, CEOs/founders of Curves International, Inc., the world's largest fitness franchise company, leave their thousand-acre ranch in Texas and spend a week living in Houston's "Third Ward," where 20% of the residents live in extreme poverty. Gary & Diane will stay in a rundown one-bedroom home in a neighborhood not far from where Gary was born, home to one of the highest crime rates in the nation. They will have to survive on $6.50 per day, the equivalent of food stamps for a two-person household in Texas. During this time, they discover three exceptional organizations working to make a difference in the community and surprise them with donations of thousands of dollars from their own fortune, on "Secret Millionaire," SATURDAY, JUNE 2 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on The ABC Television Network. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 4/3/11)
Curves CEOs/Founders Gary and Diane Heavin, committed veterans of the fitness and advertising industries, are considered the innovators of the express fitness phenomenon that has made exercise available to more than 4 million women worldwide. They share a passion for and commitment to women's health and fitness. The Heavins opened the first Curves in 1992 in Harlingen, Texas. The club was an overnight success, as it gave women a supportive and comfortable atmosphere in which to work out. When their second club was also immediately successful, they knew that they had tapped a market that wasn't being served by traditional gyms and that they could help millions of women worldwide. However, they knew they couldn't do it alone. They began making plans to franchise the business, and the first independently owned and operated Curves opened in Paris, Texas in 1995.
Curves caught on like wildfire and opened clubs at an astronomical rate -- accolade after accolade ensued: "Fastest growing franchise in history...world's largest fitness franchise...New York Times bestseller...No. 1 Fitness Franchise�" With such unprecedented success, the Heavins took their vision for an effective and affordable workout international. Today Curves has nearly 10,000 clubs in more than 70 countries serving more than 4 million members.
The Heavins are among the largest philanthropists in Central Texas, providing funding for healthcare and health education for women, family abuse prevention, adoption services and more. They model corporate giving with the annual Curves Food Drive, which in 2006 raised more than 11 million pounds of food for the hungry, as well as with a Charity Match program that encourages franchise owners to give back to their communities.
Based on the hit UK series of the same name, each episode of "Secret Millionaire" follows one of America's most successful business people for one week as they leave behind their lavish lifestyles, sprawling mansions and luxury jets, conceal their true identities, and go to live and volunteer in some of the most impoverished and dangerous neighborhoods in the country. Their mission is to discover deserving individuals who continually sacrifice everything to help those in need, and ultimately encourage others to do the same. Throughout this incredible, life-changing experience, the Secret Millionaires will attempt to remain undiscovered, coming face to face with extraordinary people
battling the odds every day of their lives. On the final day, in an emotional and dramatic climax, they reveal their true identities. Ultimately, the millionaires will each give away a great deal of their own money, changing lives forever and encouraging others to keep giving back.
"Secret Millionaire" is executive-produced by Grant Mansfield, Natalka Znak, Claire O'Donohoe and Leslie Garvin. Paul Osborne is co-executive producer. The series is a Zodiak USA Production. Zodiak USA is the North American operations for Zodiak Media Group, one of the world's leading creators, producers and distributors of content for TV, radio, new media and cinema. Previously RDF USA, Zodiak USA's credits include "Wife Swap" (ABC), "Secret Millionaire" (ABC), "Hardcore Pawn" (truTV), "All Worked Up" (truTV), "The Boss is Coming to Dinner" (NBC) and the syndicated version of "Don't Forget the Lyrics" (20th Television, VH1, MyNetworkTV). Zodiak Media consists of 45 production companies with presence in 17 countries, including the U.S., the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia and Russia. The Group also incorporates an international distribution business based in London and Paris whose catalogue boasts over 10,000 hours of content.
"Secret Millionaire" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.