Trading Places

A Lodi couple trades spaces today, as they welcome a celebrity and a grand prize into their house.

Hildi Santo–Tomas from TLC's Trading Spaces was on hand for the final act of the "Help Me Hildi" sweepstakes.

Al and Julie Ripp won the ten–thousand dollar prize and a room makeover from Santo–Tomas. The happy couple was handed the check from Associated bank Friday morning.

"It's really exciting for me because it's one of those things, if you have an idea and you have a mortgage, all those home repairs and home improvements that you want to do are possible, they can be a reality, says Hildi Santo–Tomas

Hildi offered her advice for the Ripps this just before noon today.
Any homeowner who applied for a home equity loan or line of credit with Associated Bank was automatically entered to win the sweepstakes.

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