Dec. 13 /CSRwire/ - SANTA MONICA, CA - On Thursday, December 16, one lucky contestant on the NBC-TV phenomenon "The Apprentice" will receive the opportunity of a lifetime when Donald Trump utters the words we've all been waiting for: "You're hired!" Fans of the hit series might not be able to work for Mr. Trump, but there's still a way to get close to that boardroom. "The Apprentice" has partnered with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to list props and memorabilia from the show in a charity auction, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Immediately following the east coast airing of the show's two-hour live finale on Thursday, December 16 (9 PM - 11 PM (ET/PT)), viewers can log on to www.Apprentice-auction.com or on to eBay, The World's Online Marketplace(R) (www.ebay.com), and bid on unique items. The charity auctions will run from December 16th - 29th, 2004.
"Both Donald Trump and I strongly believe that investing in charitable causes is just good business," said Mark Burnett, executive producer of "The Apprentice," and board member of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. "We are so pleased to offer memorabilia from the show to raise funds for such a worthy cause. Each time someone bids on Apprentice props and memorabilia they are ensuring a healthier future for children worldwide. To date, the partnership has raised more than $200,000 for the Foundation."
Get "Hired" for a Great Cause!
Log onto www.Apprentice-auction.com from December 16 - 29
Tension, back-stabbing, big business tie-ins and celebrity participation have made "The Apprentice" one of television's most talked-about shows. This season, 18 contestants used their business acumen, intelligence and street smarts to compete for the grand prize - a $250,000 year job as president of one of Donald Trump's companies. "Apprentice" fans, here's your chance to get one step closer to the grand prize winner - and show off your negotiating skills for a great cause. Just visit www.Apprentice-auction.com from December 16 - 29 to bid on memorabilia from the series. All proceeds will benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
Mark Burnett and The Elizabeth Glaser Pedriatic AIDs Foundation
- Props and memorabilia from challenges and rewards
- Signature clothing from tasks
- Essential items from the show's fiercest challenges
- An "Apprentice" poster signed by all 18 contestants
- Mementos signed by stars including Rudy Giuliani, Billy Joel, Anna Kournikova and John McEnroe
- Much, much more!
Mark Burnett first partnered with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation during the filming of "Survivor: Africa" to highlight the global HIV/AIDS pandemic and the work of the Foundation to prevent mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV. As part of his ongoing commitment to the fight against pediatric HIV/AIDS, Survivor Executive Producer Mark Burnett joined the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Board of Directors, and has facilitated charity auctions to benefit the Foundation surrounding "Survivor: Africa," "Survivor: Marquesas," "Survivor: Thailand," "Survivor: The Amazon," "Survivor: Pearl Islands," "Survivor: All Stars" and "The Apprentice." Most recently, the February 12, 2004 episode of the NBC television series "The Apprentice" featured a live charity auction at Sotheby's in New York where 100 percent of the proceeds benefited the Foundation and featured a mini-eBay auction of experience packages. To date, Mark Burnett Productions has helped raise close to $1.2 million for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
About The Elizabeth Glaser Pedriatic AIDs Foundation
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is the worldwide leader in the fight against pediatric AIDS and other serious and life-threatening illnesses affecting children. The Foundation's innovative research programs, collaborative training initiatives, advocacy efforts, and rapidly expanding international programs are bringing dramatic changes to the lives of children worldwide. To learn more, please visit the Foundation's Web site at www.pedaids.org
About Mark Burnett Productions
Mark Burnett Productions (MBP) is a leading production company in the world of primetime non-fiction television. MBP revolutionized television with hits such as "Eco-Challenge," "Survivor," "The Apprentice" and the upcoming "Contender." MBP also successfully reintroduced product placement as an integral part of each of its shows and has garnered a total of 24 Emmy nominations since 2001. Mark Burnett was listed as the #1 Most Valuable Player by TV Guide and also in Time Magazine's Top 100 most influential people in the world today.