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Favorite charities are revealed as contestants prepare for 'The New Celebrity Apprentice' on NBC

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Tue, Nov 22nd 2016 03:30 pm
`The New Celebrity Apprentice,` `In Here You Call Me Governor`: Pictured: (top row, from left) Matt Iseman, Laila Ali, Ricky Williams, Porsha Williams, Lisa Leslie, Boy George, Eric Dickerson, Chael Sonnen; (bottom row, from left) Nicole Polizzi, Carson Kressley, Brooke Burke, Vince Neil, Kyle Richards, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carnie Wilson, Jon Lovitz and Carrie Keagan. (NBC Photo by Luis Trinh)
"The New Celebrity Apprentice," "In Here You Call Me Governor": Pictured: (top row, from left) Matt Iseman, Laila Ali, Ricky Williams, Porsha Williams, Lisa Leslie, Boy George, Eric Dickerson, Chael Sonnen; (bottom row, from left) Nicole Polizzi, Carson Kressley, Brooke Burke, Vince Neil, Kyle Richards, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carnie Wilson, Jon Lovitz and Carrie Keagan. (NBC Photo by Luis Trinh)

Series has raised more than $15 million for charity with hopes Arnold Schwarzenegger-led season will be biggest yet

Sixteen celebrities will compete for their favorite charities on "The New Celebrity Apprentice" as it shifts to Los Angeles where twice-elected California governor, successful businessman and international movie superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger reigns over the boardroom.

The highly anticipated season launches Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 (8 p.m.), on NBC.

"I am incredibly proud that 'Celebrity Apprentice' has donated over $15 million to different charities during its seven seasons on NBC," executive producer Mark Burnett said. "Philanthropy has been an important part of the show and we look forward to continuing the tradition."

Celebrity contestants will compete in challenging business-driven tasks more focused than ever on technology and innovation, testing their ability to work together as a team, while raising money and awareness for their favorite causes. Each episode will conclude with a compelling boardroom showdown when Schwarzenegger evaluates the performances of all of the players before deciding which team wins the challenge and who will be sent home. The season will conclude with a two-part finale Feb 6 and 13.

This season's winner will gain the coveted title of the "Celebrity Apprentice" and a $250,000 check to give to their designated charity.

The celebrity charities are as follows:

Laila Ali: The Women's Sports Foundation champions change through sports and is dedicated to creating leaders by ensuring girls access to sports. www.WomensSportsFoundation.org

Brooke Burke-Charvet: Operation Smile is an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. www.operationsmile.org

Eric Dickerson: Young Warriors, a mentoring program for boys ages 8-18, inspires fatherless boys to become great men. www.YoungWarriors.org 

Boy George: Safe Kids Worldwide provides families with proven and practical information to protect kids from accidental injury, which is the No. 1 cause of death for kids ages 1-19. www.safekids.org 

Matt Iseman: The Arthritis Foundation champions the fight against the nation's No. 1 cause of disability while pursuing a cure. www.arthritis.org

Carrie Keagan: The Humane Society of the United States' groundbreaking "Pets for Life" program brings free veterinary care and pet supplies to underserved neighborhoods, addressing the critical need for basic care and services for pets and the families who love them. www.humanesociety.org

Carson Kressley: The True Colors Fund was co-founded by Cyndi Lauper to prevent and end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, creating a world in which young people can be their true selves. www.truecolorsfund.org

Lisa Leslie: The Semper Fi Fund, one of the highest-rated veteran nonprofits, provides urgently needed resources and lifetime support for wounded, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. www.semperfifund.org

Jon Lovitz: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer. www.stjude.org

Vince Neil: Keep Memory Alive benefiting Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. The center treats patients with Alzheimer's, Huntington's and Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases related to aging. www.clevelandclinic.org/keepmemoryalive

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi: North Shore Animal League America, the world's largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization, has saved more than 1 million lives to date through innovative programs that provide education to reduce animal cruelty and advance standards in animal welfare. It has rescued animals from overcrowded shelters, emergency situations and natural disasters, placing them in permanent, loving homes. www.animalleague.org

Kyle Richards: Children's Hospital Los Angeles is one of the nation's leading children's hospitals and is acknowledged worldwide for its leadership in pediatric and adolescent health. www.chla.org

Chael Sonnen: Hire Heroes USA is a national nonprofit with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator that provides effective, individualized career coaching services to transitioning military members, veterans and military spouses to empower them to succeed in the civilian workforce. In 2016 alone, the result has been nearly 6,000 clients hired and an estimated economic impact in the veteran space of $72 million. www.hireheroesusa.org

Porsha Williams: Hosea provides people in need with clothing and medical services and delivers more than 10,000 fresh, hot meals to seniors, in addition to operating a food bank year-round and sponsoring other services and special events throughout the year that help stabilize families and communities. www.4hosea.org

Ricky Williams: The mission of the Dr. John E. Upledger Foundation is to raise awareness, support and treatment for craniosacral therapy and its benefits to those suffering from concussion, CTE and other related injuries. http://www.upledger.org

Carnie Wilson: The Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America (wlsfa.org) funds grants for surgery, hosts bariatric patient conferences and created the anti-obesity bullying initiative #TAKETHEOATH." www.wlsfa.org 

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