John Rich Raises $626,908 For St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
April 4, 2011 at 9:14 AM (PT)
Congratulations to WARNER BROS/NASHVILLE Country artist JOHN RICH, who raised nearly $700,000 for ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL on last night’s episode of CELEBRITY APPRENTICE. RICH took the lead as Project Manager for the first time this season, impressing the show’s creator, DONALD TRUMP, who referenced RICH’s “cowboy-ness.” RICH’s team was challenged to create their own works of art in the form of paintings and baseball caps to be sold at an art gallery.
RICH guaranteed his NASHVILLE buddies would donate at least $500,000 and said, “The only reason I am on this show is to raise more money than anyone in the history of this show. I want to show Mr. TRUMP what country boys are capable of and how big our hearts can open up.” He got help in showing what country boys can do from CELEBRITY APPRENTICE alum, SHOWDOG-UNIVERSAL Country artist TRACE ADKINS. ADKINS, who was in IRAQ at the time, sent a $5,000 check to support RICH’s team.
Under RICH’s leadership his team raised a total of $626,908, making it the most money raised by a men’s team in the history of the show. It still however, wasn’t enough to beat the women’s team who won the challenge, bringing in close to a million dollars. Fortunately, RICH made a deal with opposing team manager, actress MARLEE MATLIN, before the results were given, to allow the losing team to keep their earnings for their charity of choice. Reality star RICHARD HATCH was fired from the show, which means JOHN RICH will be back to raise more money in future episodes.
The combined $1.6 million was the most money ever raised in a non-finale episode of the show.
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