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Secret Millionaire

Secret MillionaireNetwork: FOX, ABC
Episodes: 26 (hour)
Seasons: Three

TV show dates: December 3, 2008 — September 8, 2013
Series status: Cancelled by FOX, Cancelled by ABC

Performers include: Blair Underwood (narrator)

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TV show description:
In this reality series, a few of America’s wealthiest individuals go undercover, traveling into some of the most impoverished and dangerous areas in the country. Their job is to spend one week canvassing the community and meeting as many people as possible. The millionaire is searching to find truly remarkable individuals, those who are dedicated to helping others while overcoming their own hardships and tremendous odds.

On the final day of the week, the secret millionaires meets with the most deserving people they could find. They reveal his or her true identity and real reason for being there — to give them a large sum of money that is going to change their lives forever.

This unscripted series aims to expose viewers to important social issues, extol the virtues of volunteerism, and to change the lives of both disadvantaged people and their benefactors in unexpected ways.
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Series Finale

Episode 26 — George & Kym Rapier: Oakridge, Oregon
George Rapier is the founder of WellMed, a medical management company that provides services to senior citizens. He and his wife, Kym, leave the comforts of their home and lives in Texas to travel to the town of Oakridge, Oregon.

With a population of just over 3,000 people, Oakridge was once a booming town with the lumber industry as its main source of employment, but today, the mills have shut down and the local economy is struggling.

George and Kym set out in search of people and organizations in need. During their week-long visit, the couple meet a number of people who touch and move them in amazing ways… including a mom who works tirelessly to raise money for local high school students by organizing fundraisers and volunteering her time at school sporting events, a former principal who started a snack program providing provisions to students, who in many cases would not have food to eat on days when school is not in session, the local physician’s assistant at Five Rivers Family Practice, the only medical facility in Oakridge, and the local firehouse, which has only four, full-time, paid employees and relies on 52 volunteer firemen to service the Oakridge area.

After a week of getting to know the people of Oakridge, George and Kym donate more than one million dollars of their personal fortune — providing the entire town of Oakridge the largest donation in the history of the show.
First aired: September 8, 2013.

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What do you think? Do you like the Secret Millionaire TV series? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season?

 

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brandon callaway October 29, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Hi my name is Brandon Callaway. I am a thirty one year old father of four in Springfield MO : two boys and two step daughters. My oldest son Rhainnon is 5 and my youngest son Elijiah is 1, my daughter Ashlynn (the oldest) is about to turn ten and the younger of the two Shaylee is 6,… she is the spritzy one of the bunch, a little diva at heart! My significant other (fiancé`) Tracy is 33 and she is a wonderful woman, full of love and equality. This might sound nuts to you but I have been praying and believing that God would alleviate some of our burdens. I have spent most of my life thinking that I did not deserve money because it was instilled in me at a young age. Having a father that was a preacher growing up I was taught that money was bad and that only the evil people of the world had money. However, now as I’ve gotten older I realize the folly in my father’s thinking, even though he is a good man and tried his best. he left me with a mess to sort out as I came into my own understandings of life. I always told myself that if I won the lotto that I would help people out, you know how it goes, you think about the people in your family that you would help out if you had that kind of money, paying off your fathers debt or helping someone in your family get the care that they needed, then with your fantasies of getting that kind of money you may think of how you can help the people around you. I realized as I got older that money is a tool that could be used for good or for bad and that there is nothing inherently wrong with money just what you put into it. As far as the things that I would do with money if I had it (besides setting up my family with a home that we didn’t have to pay on living from bill to bill drowning in debt) most of it would go to the people around me that need it. I would help my brother start a business and I would pay off my mom and step father’s mortgage and my father’s mortgage as well. I would set my kids up with a college fund and would start a small business that my children could work at when they get older. I would finally have the money that I need to marry my love and we wouldn’t have to worry about claiming bankruptcy. I am on SSI income and my woman works over sixty hours a week taking care of mentally handicapped people. Between the two of us we can’t even hold our heads up above the bills. If I had the money we would have a car that has air conditioning for once lol …. one that could fit all of our kids, then I would do what I always did when I was established with a good job, I would go around feeding people like I did when I was young. Yea at one point in my life me and a few friends would travel around and fed people, exploring new towns and places. These people that I traveled with before that taught me how to make a small living traveling from place to place feeding homeless people and giving people rides. Anyways whatever you consider I’m sure that you will help out the right people. If you want our address just contact us. Have a great day and thank you for the things that you do for people. Sincerely, Brandon

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vlynn October 19, 2014 at 8:29 pm

I lovc the show. The concept and content. I am saddened that they had to cancel a show that showed people potentially changing lives for the better. The show really got to me deeply. Showing the people who are helping others and giving them media attention for what they offer their communities, I thought was wonderful.

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Donna June 5, 2014 at 12:14 am

I thought that Secret Millionaire was so much better than
Under Cover Boss. Why did it get cancelled?

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carl latreille January 20, 2014 at 7:28 pm

hi I have been trying to get a loan or grant to start up a company with no luck I was just woundering if there is eny millionares that could help me find some one that helps with start up funds to start a my company I have a business plan that I could send them and they could get me at williamcl8@msn.com thanks.

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Ah Loy Chan August 19, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Great show. Pls bring this show back. Reality of life and very inspirational. Look forward to having this show again

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Marjan Lugtigheid January 28, 2010 at 3:22 pm

I have watched several episodes of this show and everytime I am sickened at the so-called delimma the millionaires have in giving away their money. To these millionaires $10.000, $35.000, $50.000 and even $100.000 is and means NOTHING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to them and it is probably tax deductable as well. Why not give at least $100.000,= to each and every person or charitiy that they visit. That would really mean something instead of the pittance they give away now.
And to top it all off they feel JUST SO GREAT for doing it. Give me a break.
Makes me very angry and sick to my stomach.

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Tiny February 13, 2010 at 7:19 am

Hoi Marjan, Ik kwam je op deze site tegen.
Hoe gaat het met je?
Ik weet dat je in Amsterdam woont.
Zou je weer contact met me willen, we hoeven toch niet ALTIJD boos te blijven?
Groetjes Tiny

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Deserie does it December 10, 2009 at 9:59 pm

I absolutely loved this show and want to see it come back! I dont think many people know what to do to bring a show back. If they did I think this would be a winner.

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kandy virela October 7, 2009 at 12:44 pm

this was one of my favorite reality tv show! the reason for this was it show the true meaning of giving back and pay it foward. their are really great people in this world and for people who have it all to step into the shoes of those less fortunate is a great insperation.

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