Sunday night’s episode of The Celebrity Apprentice broke a series record with more than $1.6 million raised for charity in a single, non-finale episode.
The two competing teams, A.S.A.P., led by Marlee Maitlin, and Backbone, led by John Rich, raised the record-breaking amount.
“I am so proud of Marlee, John and the rest of this season’s stellar cast,” said Donald Trump, Host and Executive Producer of The Celebrity Apprentice. “The Celebrity Apprentice raising over $1.6 million dollars for charity during a single task is an amazing accomplishment and milestone. We’re excited to make the donation to The Starkey Hearing Foundation and The St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital on behalf of Marlee, John and the show.”
The teams were given the task of creating and selling their own works of art for charity on last night’s show. Matlin and Team A.S.A.P. raised $986,000 during the task and Donald Trump generously added an additional $14,000 in the boardroom to make it an even $1,000,000 donated to Matlin’s charity.
“What a great victory for the kids!” Maitlin said. “But it doesn’t stop here. I look forward to continuing to prove that I am worthy of the title of ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ raising even more money and focusing more attention on the needs of millions of deaf and hard of hearing kids out there who are waiting for the gift of hearing.”
Project Manager John Rich and the men’s team, Backbone, raised $626,908, which was donated to Rich’s charity.
“My reason for doing ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ was simple; I wanted to raise more money than anyone in the history of the show for the Kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Rich. “Raising over $600,000 for those kids is something I am incredibly proud of.”