Celebrity Apprentice provides charities with national stage

Several charities and nonprofit organizations received a great deal of publicity thanks to the second season of Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice, which wrapped on...

Several charities and nonprofit organizations received a great deal of publicity thanks to the second season of Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice, which wrapped on Sunday night. Joan Rivers was eventually "hired" by Trump, earning $250,000 for her charity, God's Love We Deliver, which makes and delivers meals to those homebound with serious illnesses.

The organization said that they are already receiving e-mails in response to the show, some offering donations and support, and others decrying the behavior of Rivers on the show. Rivers and fellow contestant poker player Annie Duke were often at odds on the show. But despite the reality show drama, all the organizations received some much-needed publicity and even those that didn't "win" might see an uptick in interest and donations.

In the final showdown, Rivers beat out Duke, who was playing for the organization Refugees International. Other organizations represented over the course of the show were Youthville USA (Brian McKnight), CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of New Orleans (Dennis Rodman), International Rett Syndrome Foundation (Clint Black), and The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Awareness (Khloe Kardashian).

Full disclosure: I've been a volunteer at GLWD for several years.

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