Celebrity Apprentice Season 5: A Look at Stars' Charities of Choice

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Posted on 02/14/2012

The only thing bigger than the serving of drama dished out each week on the new season of NBC’s reality hit Celebrity Apprentice are the egos put on display. The new cast makes its prime time debut on Sunday, February 19 and includes models, actors, talk show hosts and performers all hoping to impress the cashmere socks off of billionaire Donald Trump. And while many of the contestants may be on the show hoping to inject their careers with a shot of star power, they’re also competing for their charities of choice.

Clay Aiken, National Inclusion Project Seven years ago Clay Aiken became a household name after winning American Idol. He’s sold more than six million copies of his four albums, but now is using some of that stardom to support National Inclusion Project, a charity he launched to work with schools and summer camps to integrate kids with disabilities.

Lou Ferrigno, Muscular Dystrophy Association
Bodybuilder and actor Lou Ferrigno will be flexing his fundraising muscles for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The two-time Mr. Universe winner is an advocate for healthy living, which is why he feels passionate about helping to find a cure for neuromuscular disease.

Debbie Gibson, Children International
Debbie Gibson exploded on to the pop scene at the age of 16. Since then she’s appeared in Broadway productions and produced musical scores. She’s no stranger to charity and has made it a big part of her life. She’ll be competing for cash for Children International, which helps needy children around the world.

Jeresa Giudice, The NephCure Foundation
This real housewife of New Jersey is now a best-selling author and burgeoning businesswoman. She’s adding philanthropist to the list as she works for Apprentice prize money that will benefit The NephCure Foundation, a charity researching the cause of kidney diseases.

Penn Jillette, Opportunity Village
You may just know him by his magic duo Penn and Teller, but this Las Vegas headliner is making a name for himself on the new season of Celebrity Apprentice. He’s attempting to raise money for Opportunity Village, a Las Vegas-based charity that provides disabled people with job training, employment and other social services.

Cheryl Tiegs, Farrah Fawcett Foundation
Model, designer and public speaker Cheryl Tiegs is playing on behalf of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation. The two women were close friends so Cheryl is proud to continue Farrah’s legacy by raising funds for cancer research, clinical trials and prevention. Cheryl may be known best for her regular appearance on magazine covers, but now she’ll be entertaining millions of Americans each week on Celebrity Apprentice.

By Alison Storm

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