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'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' presents 'Celebrity Week' to benefit Alzheimer's Association

by jmaloni
Sat, Sep 15th 2012 01:15 am

For the third consecutive year, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," with Emmy Award-winning host Meredith Vieira, joins forces with the Alzheimer's Association to present "Celebrity Week," airing Sept. 17-21 in recognition of World Alzheimer's Month. "Millionaire" money raised throughout the week will all be donated to ALZ.

Check local listings or go to http://www.millionairetv.comfor time and channel.

Vieira said that being able to donate to ALZ each year means the world to her because of her personal connection to the disease. "My dad passed away from Alzheimer's and my brother, Steve, developed early onset Alzheimer's, so it's a very personal issue to me," she said. "I realize, sharing my story, how many other people have similar stories. So to do anything to help get rid of this disease - I'm on board."

This year's celebrities include Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actressMo'Nique, America's favorite cook and best-selling authorPaula Deen, comedian and actor Cheech Marin, television icon Jackée, andTony Dovolani from "Dancing with the Stars."

In the past two years, celebrities who have appeared on "Millionaire" helped raise almost $600,000 for ALZ, including "Law & Order's" Anthony Anderson who single-handedly won $250,000 in 2011. Each participating celebrity is guaranteed to win at least $10,000 for ALZ.

All week, Vieira, participating celebrities and the studio audiences will wear purple, the official color of ALZ. Friday, Sept. 21, is Alzheimer's Action Day, and people are encouraged to "go purple" that day and show support for the 35-million people worldwide and their families who are affected by dementia. Go to www.alz.org/wam for more information.

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