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"Celebrity Apprentice" star will fundraise for the NephCure Foundation

January 04, 2012
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The NephCure Foundation will be a featured charity during the upcoming season of the NBC’s series “The Celebrity Apprentice,” where contestants will compete against each other for the best fundraising effort.

“Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice and Apprentice contestant has designated NephCure as her charity beneficiary if she wins prize money on the network series, which begins on Sunday, February 12 (9-11 pm ET) on NBC.

The NephCure Foundation ( is a national organization that helps fund research that seeks the cause, cure and effective treatments for Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and Nephrotic Syndrome

Giudice, one of the most provocative cast members for the popular Bravo reality hit, chose NephCure as her beneficiary of the potential $250,000 prize for winning Celebrity Apprentice because of her relationship with a Melville, NY-based family whose eight-year-old child is suffering from the kidney disease FSGS.

“Children are suffering from these diseases and there is no cure,” said Giudice. “NephCure is a dynamic organization that helps patient families living with FSGS and Nephrotic Syndrome. I am honored to be associated with NephCure and hope that my involvement in “The Celebrity Apprentice” leads to hope for the thousands of patients who are suffering from these diseases.”

Over 5,600 people are diagnosed with FSGS each year and it is the leading cause of kidney failure in children.

Giudice is one of 18 celebrity contestants in this fifth installment of “The Celebrity Apprentice” and 12th season of “The Apprentice” series.

This season, celebrity contestants compete, not for a job with the Trump Organization, but for the greater goal of raising money and awareness for their charity of choice. The last person standing will be chosen as the Celebrity Apprentice and have the honor of delivering a $250,000 bonus check to his or her designated charity. Designated charities may also benefit from tasks, challenges and projects that have fundraising objectives. 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 Trump and his advisors.

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