This is my prediction. A mere speculation. I tell you why I came into this conclusion.
Donald Trump is back with his Celebrity Apprentice (Season Four) reality show. He selects 16 celebrities, 8 men and 8 women, including Marlee Matlin. These celebrities are not in for a job with Trump, they are working towards a greater goal to raise the most money for their favorite charity. The final winner will deliver a $250,000 bonus check to their designated charity.
Basically, it is about raising money and awareness of their causes.
Marlee is one of the 16 candidates, and she is representing Starkey Hearing Foundation. , and according to this website, Matlin stated:
“I have been a friend and supporter of the Starkey Hearing Foundation for about eight years now and believe whole-heartedly in their work to bring the gift of hearing to those who would normally not have access to this level of hearing care, which is essential for one to realize their true and full potential.”
I’m NOT going to discuss about Matlin’s choice of charity or discussing about ‘the gift of hearing’. That is not the purpose of this blog entry.
This is about my prediction.
I think Marlee Matlin may have won the top spot at Celebrity Apprentice.
Please see the short video clip below, and it is Bill Austin, the CEO of Starkey Hearing Foundation receiving a check of one million dollars.
I did some research and found that previous Celebrity Apprentice shows, the highest amount raised was done by Piers Morgan with $754,300 dollars. There was no mention of previous Celebrity Apprentice ever raised one million dollars.
Celebrity Apprentice already filmed first 10 out of 11 episodes, and the 11th one will be aired live in May, 2011.
On March 13th, Marlee flew to Kenya/Uganda with Bill Austin. The press release mentioned,
Led by Bill Austin, Chief Executive Officer, Starkey Hearing Laboratories, and Founder, Starkey Hearing Foundation, a team of audiologists, hearing professionals and staff will visit schools for the deaf, hospitals and communities in Mombasa, Kisumu, and Nairobi (Kenya); Kampala and Gulu (Uganda); Ruhengeri and Kigali (Rwanda); Bujumbura (Burundi); Pemba Island; and Zanzibar (Tanzania). Joining them throughout the journey, will be Marlee Matlin, a long-time Starkey Hearing Foundation supporter and featured cast member of this season’s The Celebrity Apprentice (NBC)
Meanwhile, two weeks ago, Marlee flew to New York City to give a roast to Donald Trump. It was recorded on March 9, 2011, and airdate was March 15, 2011.
Marlee said to Donald Trump, “Boss”.
Is it a coincidence or simply connecting the dots which Marlee may be the one who got HIRED by Donald Trump?
If my prediction comes true, and that will give the mass audience a huge lesson that Deaf people CAN raise funds and they are capable to do the jobs BETTER than anyone!
Kudos to Marlee Beth Matlin for being a trailblazer as always!
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