April 20, 2008 06:21 PM by Joe Reality
On the Oprah’s Big Give finale, the final three faced the challenge of creating a “Big Give” in Chicago starting with no money at all. Stephen Paletta, Cameron Johnson, and Brandi Milloy worked as a team, but they were judged as individuals.
Stephen Paletta connected with a friend at the Chicago Hope Academy. Cameron Johnson contacted the Blue Man Group, who volunteered to give a private performance for the students of the Chicago Hope Academy. The Blue Man Group also donated $100,000 to the school. In addition, Stephen Paletta raised another $60,000 in donations for the school. In a second “Big Give,” Brandy Milloy convinced an executive chef to give a private cooking lesson to the kids at Shriners Hospital for Children.
The seven previously eliminated contestants returned, and Jennifer Aniston showed up to reveal to them that they would each receive thirty thousand dollars in appreciation for all the good work they had done. The final three appeared in front of the judges, who said it was going to be a hard decision.
As Stephen Paletta, Cameron Johnson, and Brandi Milloy waited on stage, Oprah Winfrey revealed that the winner would receive one million dollars, half for themselves and half to give back big. Oprah also revealed that the two runner-ups would receive $100,000 each for themselves. Each of the final three received an envelope. When the envelopes were opened, Stephen Paletta was revealed as the winner of the Oprah’s Big Give.
Stephen Paletta said, “I’m in shock. It was such an incredible honor and privilege to be part of this show and to be chosen as the biggest giver with all these wonderful people.”
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