BETHPAGE, N.Y., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Vincent Pastore, who portrayed
Salvatore "Big P#ssy" Bonpensiero on the Emmy Award winning series, "The
Sopranos," won $50,000 for The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic
Research in last night's (01/24/08) episode of NBC's "The Celebrity
Apprentice," with Donald "The Donald" Trump.
Pastore won the prize in a challenge that pit two teams against each
other to sell the most tickets to a hit Broadway show. He chose The
Lustgarten Foundation as his charity to honor a close personal friend,
Mitchell Berke, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 2007.
Said Kerri Kaplan, the Lustgarten Foundation's Executive Director,
"Vincent has 'gone to the mattresses' in the fight against this dreaded
killer. We are confident his work on 'The Celebrity Apprentice' will drive
increased public awareness and giving, which are two of our most valuable
weapons in the battle against pancreatic cancer."
This installment of Donald Trump's series pits celebrity contestants
against each other in business-related challenges in and around New York
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of all cancer deaths in
the United States and the third leading cause of cancer deaths in
individuals ages 40 to 60. Approximately 37,000 Americans are diagnosed
with pancreatic cancer each year, and, each year, approximately the same
number die from it. Often, pancreatic cancer is found too late for surgical
intervention, and chemotherapy and radiation treatments have little effect.
About The Lustgarten Foundation
The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research has awarded
grants totaling more than $18 million in support of pancreatic cancer
SOURCE The Lustgarten Foundation