Congratulations All-Star Celebrity Apprentice Winner Trace Adkins

Congratulations All-Star Celebrity Apprentice Winner Trace Adkins

Country music star Trace Adkins receives the American Red Cross Crystal Cross Award for his support of the Red Cross at the National Building Museum on Saturday, May 18, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for American Red Cross)

The Red Cross was there when I couldn’t be … I’m a man who tries to repay my debts.

Sunday night, May 19, Trace Adkins, award-winning country music star and American Red Cross spokesman, took home the title of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice after winning on Donald Trump’s season finale to benefit the Red Cross.

Through participation in the All-Star Celebrity Apprentice show, Adkins has raised more than $1.5 million for the Red Cross. The Red Cross is deeply grateful for all that he does in support of the mission that makes a difference in the lives of so many.

“The Red Cross was there when I couldn’t be,” said Adkins. “I’m a man who tries to repay my debts.”

THE MOTIVATION TO WIN Aired on the season finale, Adkins met Red Cross volunteer Suzy who helped his wife and children when his home was destroyed by a house fire. Suzy and Trace’s wife Rhonda exchanged a warm embrace, reuniting for the first time since the fire.

“Suzy showed up right on the heels of the firefighters,” Adkins said. While Adkins witnessed firsthand the large Red Cross response to Sandy, he chose to compete for the Red Cross not just because of the disasters that capture headlines, but for the home fires that local chapters and volunteers across the country respond to every day without fanfare or media attention.

Each year, the Red Cross responds to about 70,000 disasters. And only with the support of donors, can the Red Cross be there to fulfill its humanitarian mission.

“There’s a Red Cross volunteer right this second helping someone in this country,” Trace Adkins said moments before Donald Trump announced him as the All-Star Celebrity Apprentice winner.

THE WINNING STRATEGY Adkins’ first appearance on Celebrity Apprentice was in 2008 and he was called back for this special all-star season. Throughout this All-Star Celebrity Apprentice season, Adkins showcased his superior fundraising talent and solid leadership skills.

With Adkins winning All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, he will help the Red Cross deliver its mission in communities across the country. Congratulations Trace Adkins!

Adkins is also a member of Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet and received the Red Cross Crystal Cross Award on May 18 in recognition of his exemplary support of and service to the Red Cross mission. The Red Cross is tremendously thankful for all Adkins has done for the organization.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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