Hollywood actress to raise funds benefiting Best Buddies International

MIAMI, Dec. 16, 2014 — Best Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), is excited to support Hollywood actress and Best Buddies Celebrity Ambassador Vivica A. Fox as one of the newest cast members on the upcoming season of Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice.

Vivica A. Fox has been an advocate for people with IDD for more than 15 years as a Celebrity Ambassador for Best Buddies International. Her compassion and dedication to the organization’s cause is evident from the number the events she has attended in support of the organization including a special gathering with Best Buddies New York participants to celebrate the organization’s 25th Anniversary and the Best Buddies Miami Gala. In 2005, Fox and Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis, a Best Buddies Global Ambassador, hosted CASINO night at Lewis’ Los Angeles home to raise funds for Best Buddies. Fox has been a true friend to Best Buddies and has dedicated herself to the organization’s mission of friendship and inclusion for those with special needs.

“Best Buddies has been fortunate to work with Vivica for more than 15 years and we could not be more proud and honored that she has selected Best Buddies as her charity of choice on Celebrity Apprentice,” said Anthony K. Shriver, Founder and Chairman of Best Buddies International. “She is up against some fierce competition, but I am confident that her hard work and passion for Best Buddies as a whole will prove that she is a force to be reckoned with.”

The new season of Celebrity Apprentice will begin with a two-night premier on January 4-5, 2015. It is the 14th season of The Apprentice and seventh of Celebrity Apprentice, which has raised over $14 million for charity. The hit television show brings together 16 varied celebrity contestants this year to compete in multiple business-driven tasks around New York City. Contestants will partake in challenging assignments that test their ability to work with one another while raising money and awareness for their respective causes.

Other contestants on the show will include Reality star and author Brandy Glanville, Actor Gilbert Gottfried, NFL great Terrell Owens and many more.


Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,700 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies’ eight formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies® , Jobs, Ambassadors, and Promoters — engage participants in each of the 50 states and in over 50 countries, positively impacting the lives of more than 800,000 people with and without disabilities around the world. In many cases, as a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships. For more information, please visit www.bestbuddies.org, facebook.com/bestbuddies or twitter.com/bestbuddies.