Singer Debbie Gibson to Appear Sunday on "The Celebrity Apprentice" to Help Poor Children

Feb 17, 2012 11:00 PM ET

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Feb. 17, 2012 /3BL Media / PRNewswire/ -- Singer songwriter Debbie Gibson will appear on the premiere episode of the fifth installment of  "The Celebrity Apprentice."  She will play for the Kansas City charity Children International.

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"The Celebrity Apprentice" will begin this Sunday, February 19, 2012, from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. Eastern on NBC.

"The Celebrity Apprentice" is a reality television show where celebrities compete in weekly challenges and donate any winnings to their personal charities. Every week, the celebrity contestants will work in two teams, each under the guidance of a designated project manager, to compete in business-driven tasks around New York City, using their fame, along with their proven business acumen, to win challenges. 

Contestants are subjected to long hours, grueling deadlines, intellectual challenges, personality clashes, and intense scrutiny under the careful watch of Donald J. Trump and his advisors.  The last person standing will be chosen as the Celebrity Apprentice and have the honor of delivering a $250,000 bonus check to their designated charity.

Gibson will compete to help build 5,000 poor children in India a community center where they will receive medical and dental care and educational support.

"Knowing the profound impact I could have on Children International was my turning point in deciding to do this show! It is great that Donald Trump and Mark Burnett have separated themselves from the reality pack by giving this show a huge charity payoff as its backbone," said Gibson.

Children International president and CEO Jim Cook said, "We are very grateful for Debbie's continued support of Children International. Her performance on 'The Celebrity Apprentice' will help raise awareness for helping children living in poverty."

Gibson, who is the youngest performer ever to write and record a number one song, has been a supporter of the U.S.-based humanitarian organization since 1989. Currently, she helps support 7-year-old Helen, her mother and five siblings living in a cemetery in Manila, Philippines. Helen and her family guard a cemetery crypt, and live on less than $11 a month. With Gibson's help, Helen and her siblings now receive medical and dental care and attend school.

About Children International:
Established in 1936, Children International is a humanitarian organization with its headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. Children International's programs help more than 340,000 children and their families in 11 countries around the world including ChileColombia, the Dominican RepublicEcuadorGuatemalaMexicoZambiaHondurasIndia, the Philippines and the United States. For more information about Children International or to sponsor a child, visit   Follow Children International on Facebook and Twitter.

Dolores Quinn Kitchin
Public Relations
Children International
Direct: (816) 943-3730
Cell: (816) 718-0711

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