Franklin family "We Don't Coast"

Franklin family wearing their "We Don't Coast" T-shirts during auditions of Family Feud at Embassy Suites in La Vista in October 2014.


Put the Franklin family in a room of more than 3,000 people and they'll be sure to stand out.

That's exactly what happened when the Omaha family auditioned for the television game show "Family Feud" in La Vista in October 2014. 

All decked out in "We Don't Coast" T-shirts, which is the Omaha metro's branding statement, Brigette Law Franklin said her family was recognized early on by the show's producers because they dressed alike.

"A woman had walked by us and asked us about our T-shirts and what the slogan meant, and we had no idea who she was," she said. "It wasn't until we interviewed with the show's producers that we realized she was one of them."

Fortunately for the Franklins, their creativity and entertaining personalities took them beyond Omaha.

Over the last week on the national game show, which is taped in Atlanta and hosted by actor and comedian Steve Harvey, the Franklin family proved Omahans can "step" and think on the spot. They beat five other families from across the country to win the grand prize of a Ford Edge SUV on Tuesday's show. 

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The Franklin family opted for the cash value of the vehicle, earning a total of about $48,500. They split it five ways and plan to take a family trip in October either overseas or to Napa Valley in California to celebrate. They'll also donate some of their winnings to their church. 

"It was something special for our family and an awesome experience," said Brigette, 57, who recruited her family to audition for the show. 

Her husband, Fred Franklin, sister-in-law, Pat Franklin Davis, and daughters Cydney Franklin and Lindsey Franklin were also on the team.

Brigette joked that her daughter, Angel Law, is now "kicking herself in the butt" because she chose to celebrate her birthday in Chicago rather than audition for the show with her family.  

The highlight of the five days on the game show was definitely "stepping" with Harvey, Brigette said.

She told him a little about the Midwest Steppers of Omaha, of which she is a co-founder, before showing him her dance moves on national television. 

"This whole experience actually brought all of our family across the country together," Brigette said. "We had our elderly aunts, my uncles and family all over watching and encouraging us. That was really neat." 

Family Feud paid for the family’s airfare and hotel accommodations to Atlanta to tape the show. 

"It's definitely an experience we will never forget," Brigette said. "One we will be talking about to our grandchildren."

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