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Geraldo Rivera wins big for Life’s WORC as ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ finalist


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by David Giesbrecht/NBC

Geraldo Rivera may not have earned the title of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” but he won big for his cause — Life’s WORC.

The Fox News host and TV broadcast veteran made it to the finale of the reality competition show on Feb. 17, where he competed against TV host Leeza Gibbons for the title of “Celebrity Apprentice” and a $250,000 bonus check for their designated charities.

Rivera was a fierce competitor, winning hundreds of thousands for his charity and several challenges as team leader.

“Geraldo, you’re tough, you’re smart, you’re brilliant in so many different ways. You’ve done such an amazing job in raising so much money for your charity. It’s really an honor to have worked with you for this period of time. And I think you’ve shown the world what kind of a guy you really are — really special,” Donald Trump said before ultimately naming Gibbons the winner during the live finale.

The two-hour episode showed the conclusion of the final challenge, where Rivera and Gibbons each had to produce a commercial for Universal Orlando Resort and present it at a red carpet event in New York City. Gibbons won that challenge, earning nearly double the amount than Rivera for her cause, but Rivera managed to rake in roughly another $150,000 from donors to help Life’s WORC. In total, he’s raised $725,000 for the nonprofit through the show, the most of any contestant going into the finals.

Established 44 years ago by The Queens Courier publisher Victoria Schneps with help from Rivera, Life’s WORC provides services to some 1,400 people with developmental disabilities in eastern Queens, Nassau County and western Suffolk. The agency is based in Garden City.

Rivera’s time on the show not only helped Life’s WORC financially, but also gave the agency national recognition.

The finale featured a video with Rivera and its founder Schneps, showing the national audience the work the agency does at the Garden City headquarters.

Life’s WORC is planning a 10,000-square-foot building for its Family Center for Autism that is opening this spring, and the “Celebrity Apprentice” money will go a long way toward opening the center.

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Geraldo Rivera continues to win for Life’s WORC on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Douglas Gorenstein/NBC

Geraldo Rivera raised more money for Life’s WORC during the latest episode of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” winning almost $300,000 as a team leader.

The broadcast journalist’s team, Vortex, won two challenges during the Jan. 12 episode of the NBC reality competition show.

After the men’s and women’s teams competed against each other to create a four-page fitness advertorial for Cosmopolitan magazine, host and judge Donald Trump switched up the teams.

Rivera, as a project manager for the new Vortex, had a chance to win money for his cause during a fundraising challenge where the contestants had to open a bridal boutique.

Both teams raised an impressive amount of money, totaling almost $600,000, with a $2,500 difference between the two. Before finding out who won, Rivera and the other team leader, Ian Ziering, decided to each keep their own team winnings, rather than having the winning team leader take all the money.

“If the money was going to Ian, I would roll the dice,” Geraldo said, adding that since the money is for Ian’s charity, “It would be a reckless ego play for me to go for the whole thing, even though I am confident that we won.”

Though they decided to keep their own winnings, Vortex defeated Infinity by totaling $294,780 to their opponent’s $292,547.

On the show, each celebrity contestant has the opportunity to compete for the charitable organization they choose. Before the Jan. 12 episode, Rivera had earned nearly $280,000 for Life’s WORC.

Established 44 years ago by The Queens Courier newspaper publisher Victoria Schneps with help from Rivera, Life’s WORC provides services to some 1,400 people with developmental disabilities in eastern Queens, Nassau County and western Suffolk. The agency is based in Garden City.

Rivera, known for his advocacy of the developmentally disabled community from the time when he worked as an investigative reporter at WABC-TV Channel 7, has demonstrated loyal, steadfast support for Life’s WORC throughout his career.

Life’s WORC founder and board member Victoria Schneps urges everyone in the developmentally disabled and autistic communities to watch future installments of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” airing Mondays at 8 p.m.

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Queens man makes his way onto the big screen and on stage


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Pete Gaudio

In the past 25 years, Pete Gaudio has muscled his way into Hollywood.

Before making his way onto the big screen and on stage, Gaudio grew up in Corona and later moved to Bayside. During this time, he decided to use what he saw in his surroundings, later giving life to many of his characters.

Gaudio became part of Donald Trump’s security team for seven years protecting Trump and his family. During this time he met well-known acting coach Alice Spivak and began his acting career while working as security.

One of Gaudio’s big roles came when he played one of the neighborhood guys in the opening scene of 1993’s “A Bronx Tale” with Robert De Niro.

“I always had a passion for [acting] and I was always around the wise guys,” said Gaudio. “You could wind up in prison or in the cemetery, so I took what I learned from the streets and decided to put it on the big screen.”

For the past three years, Gaudio has been regularly performing in the play “Murder by the Mob” on 38th Avenue and Broadway in Manhattan.

He has also taken part in a web series called “You Got Whacked,” was recently cast in a future television series called “Straight Talk, A Mob Story” and shot a parody of “The Godfather.”

“It’s a dream come true. Always shoot for the stars, if you wind up somewhere in the middle you still did good,” said Gaudio. “You still achieved your goals.”

When he isn’t acting, Gaudio takes great importance in staying fit. In 2002, he was a New York City bodybuilding champion and has owned and operated his own personal fitness training company for the past 17 years. He can also be found almost every day at Powerhouse Gym in Bayside where owners Tommy DeCanio and James Rappaport treat him like family.
Gaudio now lives in Douglaston and is a proud father of nine-year-old Patrina.

“My favorite role of all time is being a father to her,” he said.

 

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FBI busts teacher’s aide for allegedly making child porn with students


| jlane@queenscourier.com

Graphic by Jay Lane

FBI busts Brooklyn teacher’s aide for allegedly making child porn with students

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Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is trying to buy Los Angeles  Dodgers

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Teens charged with burglary and sexual assault in home-invasion robbery in Brooklyn

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