Cleft lip charity to benefit from Trump’s “Apprentice.”




Besides revelations regarding Trump’s cabinet picks, last week saw news about his signature TV show, “The Apprentice.” Trump plans to be executive producer of his hit NBC show which will be hosted by none-other-than Arnold Schwartzenegger starting January2, 2017.

Many feel Trump should focus on the new job he won in his stunning election upset. But, there is a silver lining to this latest cloud in President-elect Trump’s sky, even tho he’s unlikely to lift much of a finger for his five-figure per-show fee s well as ongoing profits from the franchise. 

The silver lining is that one of the celebrity contestants, Brooke Burke, will donate her prize, if she wins, to Operation Smile. Going by her married name now, Burke-Charvet is a dancer, model, and television personality. She is known for hosting of Wild On!,  Rock Star, Dancing With the Stars. . . and winning the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars.

Here are excerpts from the article announcing the show:

The New Celebrity Apprentice.

“Sixteen celebrities will compete for their favorite charities on “The New Celebrity Apprentice” as it shifts to Los Angeles where twice-elected California governor, successful businessman and international movie superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger reigns over the boardroom.

The highly anticipated season launches Monday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

‘I am incredibly proud that ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ has donated over $15 million to different charities during its seven seasons on NBC,” said executive producer Mark Burnett. “Philanthropy has been an important part of the show and we look forward to continuing the tradition.’

Celebrity contestants will compete in challenging business-driven tasks more focused than ever on technology and innovation, testing their ability to work together as a team while raising money and awareness for their favorite causes. Each episode will conclude with a compelling boardroom showdown when Schwarzenegger evaluates the performances of all of the players before deciding which team wins the challenge and who will be sent home. The season will conclude with an exciting two-part finale Feb 6 and Feb. 13.

Over the course of the series, “The Celebrity Apprentice” has raised more than $15 million for charity. This season’s winner will gain the coveted title of the Celebrity Apprentice and a $250,000 check to give to their designated charity.”

Operation Smile for cleft lip kids.

Operation Smile is an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities.

Bust shot of Brooke Burke,,long hair, black top,  a Cleft Lip Fan, Avenaim, '03

Brooke Burke, Cleft Lip Fan, Avenaim ’03

Other celebrities and their charities include:

Laila Ali

The Women’s Sports Foundation champions change through sports and tries to ensure girls access to sports.


Eric Dickerson

Young Warriors inspires fatherless boys to become great men.


Boy George

Safe Kids Worldwide re protect kids from accidental injury, which is the #1 cause of death for kids ages 1-19.


Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, of “Jersey shore.”

North Shore Animal League America.


Kyle Richards, actress.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.


Chael Sonnen, mixed martial arts athlete

Hire Heroes for transitioning military members, veterans and military spouses .


Porsha Williams, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Dish Nation.”

Hosea provides people in need with clothing and medical services and delivers hot meals to seniors.

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