April 10, 2011 06:18 PM by Veronica Dudo
Secret Millionaire: on ABC is a reality series, where six of America’s most successful business people have spent a week in the country’s poorest areas, ending their stay by giving members of the community hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money. Keep reading to find out what happened in the season finale with Ali Brown!
Brown is the founder and CEO of Ali International and has created a multimillion-dollar enterprise that is devoted to empowering women entrepreneurs around the world. In 2009 her company was ranked as one of the fastest growing private companies in the nation. Brown launched her first venture in her New York City apartment in 1999. At one point she had less than $20 in her bank account but persevered. Brown has since built a following of over 50,000 members in her online and offline programs.
Brown was named one of 2010′s Enterprising Women of the Year and won the Ernst & Young’s Winning Women for 2010. She has been featured as an expert in the New York Post and Investor’s Business Daily. Brown is also a regular contributor to Forbes.com. In addition, her story has been told on Fox Business Network, ABC News Now, E!, and other morning shows. Brown won the StepUp Women’s Network Commitment to Philanthropy award.
In Sunday night’s episode, Brown travels to Venice Beach, California, just two miles from her home. Brown is given only $55.25 for the week. She sees an ad in the newspaper for the Harvest Home and decides to visit. The Harvest Home is a place where women who are pregnant or have newborn’s can come to live. Once there she meets two women who share with Brown similar stories of how they found themselves pregnant, without jobs and no family to turn to. Had it not been for the Harvest House they said they can’t even begin to imagine what would have ended up happening to them. They only have room for eight expecting women and they need to enroll in an education program.
After talking to some locals, Brown learns about Bread and Roses, a restaurant open just for the homeless to come in and have a meal. Brown visits and immediately starts waiting on patrons.
Next, Brown goes to Common Ground, an organization that walks through the area gives out free food and offers free counseling.
Brown sees a brochure for The Beauty Bus, an organization that helps chronically and terminally ill people feel beautiful again. Brown goes to meet the cousins behind The Beauty Bus. While there, Brown goes out on one of the appointments. The organization provides a service for the person who is ill and the person who is the caregiver.
It’s Brown’s last day and she must decide what organizations she will donate to and how much she wants to give them. First she goes to The Beauty Bus and gives them a check for $10,000. Next she returns to Common Ground and presents them with a $30,000 check. Brown stops by Bread and Roses and presents them with a check for $10,000. Finally, she makes her last visit to the Harvest House where she gives them $50,000.
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