Photo: Dayana Mendoza on Celebrity Apprentice
Venezuela’s ex-Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza donated to the Latino Commission on AIDS the $20,000 she won for her triumph in this week’s challenge on the reality TV show presented by billionaire Donald Trump.
Mendoza has been taking part since Feb. 12 in the new season of “The Celebrity Apprentice” that airs Sundays on the NBC network. Every week the contestants face a new challenge, and whoever wins garners points and money.
“We are extremely grateful and honored to count on Dayana Mendoza’s support since 2008,” Guillermo Chacon, president of the Latino Commission on AIDS (www.latinoaids.org), said.
He said that the money won by Mendoza, who was Miss Universe 2008, will “support our HIV testing program, prevention and education of HIV/AIDS and enhance our National Latino AIDS Awareness Day.”
“Dayana is a beacon of hope for a future without AIDS,” Chacon said.
As Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza was named “madrina” (godmother) of the commission, a non-profit organization founded in 1990 and dedicated to the fight against HIV/AIDS in Latino communities.
The “madrinas” and “padrinos” of the organization are individuals who personally commit themselves to promoting and supporting the prevention and education related to HIV/AIDS, Chacon said.