Entrepreneur and TV personality Marcus Lemonis donates $ 10 million to his alma mater Christopher Columbus High School in surprise visit
Lemonis gave a $ 3.1 million “Tip” to faculty and staff on her show The Great American Tip Off
MIAMI, December 9, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Marcus Lemonis, the entrepreneur, philanthropist, advocate and TV personality who runs Camping World as CEO and Chairman of the Board and also hosts CNBC Profit and The streets of dreams and HGTV The Renovator, made a surprise announcement in person this morning offering $ 10 million to his alma mater ─ Christopher Columbus High School at Miami.
“We are very grateful to Marcus Lemonis for this transformative and historic gift ”, declared Thomas kruczek, President of Columbus. “With this donation, Columbus will be able to deliver several important and innovative programs that will further prepare our young men for college readiness and career success. Marcus Lemonis is a shining example of a life of value and service, ”said President Kruczek.
As part of his campaign The Great American Tip Off, a nationwide call to action to show a little more love to the hard-working Americans who serve us every day, Lemonis surprised faculty and the staff of Christophe Colomb High School with a $ 3.1 million tip for their amazing service over the years.
During the announcement, Marcus said: “When we think of the people who run this school, the people who run it, the people who run the grounds and those in the classrooms who teach us, this are for me the most important service providers on the planet. Today I will provide a $ 3.1 million tip to everyone who works at the school, each employee will receive a check for $ 18,000. “
In addition to $ 3.1 million, Marcus donated another $ 7 million in high school so that it can fund major educational improvements. The two immediate additions will be:
An academic and career guidance center named after two longtime Columbus teachers, the late Irene Culmo and Mrs. call pat who still works part-time at school today
A Success Center named after the Desmond family who inspired Marcus to attend high school
Marcus launched The Great American Tip Off in November and is committed $ 1 million from his Lemon Aid Foundation to tip waiters and workers across the country. Marcus is also recruiting some of his friends to join the movement to thank those in the service industry – he has made visits across the United States to companies with Amy schumer, Jason biggs, Kristen bell, Rob Dydrek, among others.
Marcus graduated Christophe Colomb High School in 1991. For the announcement, students, administration, faculty and staff gathered at the Columbus football field.
ABOUT MARCUS LEMONIS: To learn more about Marcus Lemonis visit www.marcuslemonis.com
ABOUT THE CCHS: To learn more about Christophe Colomb High School visit http://www.columbushs.com
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