Scoop: SECRET MILLIONARIE on ABC - Today, September 8, 2013
"George and Kym Rapier: Oakridge, OR" - George Rapier is the founder of WellMed, a medical management company that provides services to senior citizens. As part of "Secret Millionaire," 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. As "Secret Millionaires," 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, The Season Finale of "Secret Millionaire" airs TONIGHT, SEPTEMBER 8 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Based on the hit UK series of the same name, each episode of "Secret Millionaire" follows one of America's most successful business people for one week as they leave behind their lavish lifestyles, sprawling mansions and luxury jets, conceal their true identities, and go to live and volunteer in some of the most impoverished and dangerous neighborhoods in the country. Their mission is to discover deserving individuals who continually sacrifice everything to help those in need, and ultimately encourage others to do the same. Throughout this incredible, life-changing experience, the Secret Millionaires attempt to remain undiscovered, coming face to face with extraordinary people battling the odds every day of their lives. On the final day, in an emotional and dramatic climax, they reveal their true identities. Ultimately, the millionaires each give away a great deal of their own money, changing lives forever and encouraging others to keep giving back.
Narrated by accomplished actor Blair Underwood, "Secret Millionaire" is executive-produced by Leslie Garvin. The series is a Zodiak USA Production. Zodiak USA's other credits include "Celebrity Wife Swap" for ABC as well as "Hardcore Pawn," "Lizard Lick Towing" and "Killer Karaoke" for tru TV. "Secret Millionaire" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.