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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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Geraldo Rivera makes Life’s WORC his cause on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Victoria Schneps

As NBC’s latest installment of “Celebrity Apprentice” kicked off on Sunday, Jan. 4, the stars appeared to be lining up in favor of local nonprofit Life’s WORC.

Established 44 years ago by The Queens Courier newspaper publisher Victoria Schneps with help from broadcast journalist icon Geraldo 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.

Geraldo 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.

“Geraldo attends many of the organization’s fundraisers including an annual golf tournament he personally spearheads. He never fails to talk up the agency and impress upon many of the movers and shakers he encounters the importance of Life’s WORC,” said Janet Koch, the agency’s executive director. “We were so gratified when we discovered that Geraldo had designated Life’s WORC as his beneficiary in host Donald Trump’s famous challenge. Everyone associated with Life’s WORC is excited by the prospects here because this show is known for providing millions of dollars in contributions to a number of nonprofit organizations.”

Each celebrity contestant has the opportunity to compete for the charitable organization they choose. Geraldo’s passion for Life’s WORC was on full display as he led all of the celebrities by generating more contributions through his pie store enterprise. Vortex, the entrepreneur project created by the male team, raised $185,322 on the first night of the show. Therefore, Geraldo has earned $280,000 for Life’s WORC so far, and who knows how much more Geraldo will raise in the upcoming episodes!

Life’s WORC founder and board member Victoria Schneps urges everyone in the developmentally disabled and autistic communities to watch future installments of “Celebrity Apprentice.”

“Since Geraldo is here for us once again, we need to rally our spirit for our hero by posting expressions of gratitude and comments to encourage him through the show’s website,” Schneps said.

This $280,000 windfall based on Geraldo’s leadership comes at a key period for the agency, according to Janet Koch. “This enables Life’s WORC to gain some breathing room in its budgeting and finances since New York State has been economizing, reducing funds available in the developmental disabilities field.”

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Courier publisher to appear on Geraldo’s radio show


| brennison@queenscourier.com

The publisher of The Queens Courier, Victoria Schneps-Yunis, will join Geraldo Rivera’s radio program on January 6 to discuss the 40th anniversary of his reports on the deplorable conditions for the children at the Willowbrook State School.

It was in 1971 that Schneps, along with members of WORC, the Working Organization for Retarded Children, picketed the school to fight for the rights of Schneps’ daughter Lara and the 5,400 residents at Willowbrook, a Staten Island school for mentally disabled children.

The story took off when Rivera, then a reporter for ABC television, reported on the neglect the children at Willowbrook faced.

Tune in to WABC 770 Friday between 10 a.m. and noon to hear Schneps and Rivera recount the horrors at the school and the work they did to create a better life for the children.