HOLD UP! A “Secret Millionaire” spent a week in Newark? Where was Two Headed Monster when all this was going down? You just know we would have “randomly” bumped into said millionaire with a sob story about our severe lack of Louboutins necessitating an emergency trip to Short Hills Mall. But alas, this wasn’t about us (for once). It was actually about giving back to some very deserving charitable organizations right here in Brick City!
So here’s the scoop: ABC’s “Secret Millionaire”, now in its third season, inserts some of America’s most privileged persons into some of the country’s most poverty-stricken areas (insert Newark here). Super successful artist, Scott Jacobs, who originally hails from Cranford, New Jersey, became Newark’s “Secret Millionaire” last summer when he and his 20-year-old daughter, Alexa, left their comfy digs in San Diego to spend a week searching for charities (read: slumming it) in our city. They were given just $71.03 to live on, the welfare equivalent of pay for a family of two.
During the week, the two helped clean up Woodland Cemetery with the International Youth Council (IYC) and joined the GI Go Fund (GGF) to help round up homeless veterans outside of Newark Penn Station. (Ummmmm, scary much???) At the end of the week, Jacobs presented checks totaling $150,000 to IYC, GGF and Glass Roots, which teaches glass blowing to homeless youth. Heartwarming!
Last night the Newark episode of “Secret Millionaire” aired on ABC.