Leeza Gibbons Takes Her Donald Trump "Celebrity Apprentice" Winnings Home to South Carolina


After winning more than $700,000 last year on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, Leeza Gibbons, the Emmy Award-winning talk show host has honored her pledge to bring her prize money back to her hometown of Irmo, South Carolina, to open Leeza's Care Connection.

The flagship location at the Michael J. and Mary Meech Mungo Home celebrated its grand opening this month, bringing her work as a health advocate home.

Leeza's Care Connection is a nonprofit offering free services to help families facing Alzheimer's and other chronic illnesses. Gibbons launched her foundation 14 years ago and has since become a leading voice for family caregivers.

Leeza's Care Connection is the fulfillment of a promise Gibbons made to her mother, Jean Gibbons, who died of Alzheimer's disease in 2008. Before passing, she told her mother she would "Tell the story and make it count."

"I share this dream-come-true moment with my family and especially my dad whose care for my mother inspired us all," says Gibbons. "I'm blessed to bring our work to the neighborhood where I grew up. Our special thanks goes to our friends at the Michael J. Mungo Foundation whose faith in our vision and support led us here. We have transformed our historic home base into an innovative center to connect family caregivers to resources, education, and a community of support.”

A team of volunteers and sponsors including Lexington Medical Center, The Michael J. Mungo Foundation, Palmetto Health, Penn Contracting, Southeastern Freight Lines, Benjamin Dover, and U.S. Foods helped adapt the 59-year-old historic home fueled by the prize money Gibbons earned as champion of Celebrity Apprentice.

On the reality show, she used her spotlight to shine awareness on the need to support the husbands, wives, sons, and daughters who are trying to find the answer to “now what?” when someone they love gets sick or injured.

Leeza’s Care Connection is a free community resource center supporting seniors, baby boomers, and family members of all ages and caregiving backgrounds.

The energetic, uplifting, caregiver-focused center is a one-stop-shop-a place to get educated, find resources, gain confidence, and connect with others on a similar journey, so no one has to feel they are walking this path alone.

A safe place for people to share experiences, be heard, and to develop the necessary skills to handle the constantly changing demands of caregivers, Leeza’s Care Connection provides an environment for family members to care for themselves while caring for another, so both the care provider and the care receiver get the best possible outcome.

At the new location, Gibbons introduces several new features including her Care Café, Serenity Lounge, and Warriors of Wellness program, presented by Lexington Medical Center, where prevention, stress management, and soul enrichment are the focus.

The longstanding Leeza’s Care Connection program, Creative Expression, gets a new team member when Leeza’s father, Carlos Gibbons, introduces Pops Poetry Corner, sharing the lifesaving strategies he used while caring for his wife. Also, The University of South Carolina, her alma mater, is collaborating with Gibbon’s on her “Memories Matter” video journaling program.

“It’s so meaningful to offer our free services to the friends and neighbors I grew up with,” adds Leeza. “Having Daddy and U.S.C. involved makes this very special homecoming.”

 For more information visit www.LeezasCareConnection.org

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