A high government at a Los Angeles funding agency says he’ll donate his whole $145,000 winnings from his look on Wheel of Fortune to charity.
Scott Kolbrenner, 50, took residence a $100,000 grand prize along with the $45,000 he received throughout Thursday’s airing of the favored recreation present taped in Culver Metropolis, California.
The episode initially taped on November 5, and Kolbrenner mentioned he and his spouse have been the one ones who knew of his grand prize winnings in addition to his plans to present the cash away to charity.
Throughout an look on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday, Kolbrenner mentioned that he determined to donate all of his winnings in mild of the financial hardships confronted by many through the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘It’s been a darkish time and after I went on the present I used to be doing it for the enjoyable of it,’ Kolbrenner informed GMA.
‘As I went on [the show], I mentioned to my spouse, “If I do okay right here, something that I get, let’s give it charity. We’re very lucky. Let’s see if we are able to help some others who aren’t as lucky as we’re”.’
Scott Kolbrenner, 50, took residence a $100,000 grand prize along with the $45,000 he received throughout Thursday’s airing of Wheel of Fortune, the favored recreation present in Culver Metropolis, California
Kolbrenner is seen above reacting to his grand prize winnings. The episode, which was taped on November 5, aired on Thursday
Throughout an look on Friday’s Good Morning America, Kolbrenner mentioned: ‘As I went on [the show], I mentioned to my spouse, “If I do okay right here, something that I get, let’s give it charity. We’re very lucky. Let’s see if we are able to help some others who aren’t as lucky as we’re”.’
Kolbrenner mentioned that, save for his spouse, he didn’t inform his family and friends, together with his two kids, what had taken place after taping concluded on Thursday afternoon.
‘My youngsters didn’t know, my dad and mom, pals, household didn’t know so it was full and utter shock for everybody in our lives and so they have been elated about it.’
Kolbrenner, a managing director on the funding agency Houlihan Lokey, mentioned that one of many charities that may obtain a part of his winnings is the Uplift Household Companies based mostly within the coronary heart of Hollywood.
The group, the place Kolbrenner has served on the board for 20 years, supplies behavioral well being companies to needy households.
Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak reveals throughout Thursday’s episode that Kolbrenner received an extra $100,000 grand prize
‘I’ve been concerned with them for 20 years and so they do such nice work,’ Kolbrenner informed GMA.
‘Folks consider Hollywood as glitz and glamour, however there’s loads of individuals you don’t see within the brilliant lights every single day.
‘What I hoped to do is shine a light-weight on them.’
The opposite group that Kolbrenner plans to assist is the Los Angeles Regional Meals Financial institution.
‘Clearly, their wants have expanded significantly throughout this time,’ Kolbrenner mentioned.
‘We have simply been thrilled to have the ability to assist these two organizations.’
Although he lives in Los Angeles, Kolbrenner is a local of Hewlett, a small hamlet on the south shore of Lengthy Island.
He’s married to his spouse, Caryn, an elementary college nurse, with whom he has two kids – teenage son Owen and daughter Abby, 20.
Kolbrenner mentioned he went to audition for Wheel of Fortune after he was discouraged by the grim information of the pandemic.
‘It’s been a darkish time and after I went on the present I used to be doing it for the enjoyable of it,’ Kolbrenner mentioned. Confetti is seen above as Kolbrenner solves the ultimate puzzle throughout Thursday’s episode
‘What’s extra comfort-food than turning on Wheel of Fortune and seeing Pat [Sajak] and Vanna [White], whom I would grown up watching,’ he informed Newsday.
‘As we acquired into the summer time, I used to be watching it each evening and I might yell out the solutions like all people does once they watch.’
After Caryn inspired him to audition, Kolbrenner mentioned that he was known as again.
‘I despatched in a fast video and a one-page software. I acquired a name again straight away for a Zoom interview (which included a mock present with different potential contestants) which was actually enjoyable to do,’ he says.
‘I believed I had blown it as a result of I did not win a number of the puzzles, however then a few days later I acquired an electronic mail that mentioned, “Your taping day is November fifth. We look ahead to seeing you.”
‘I could not imagine it!’
Kolbrenner graduated from George W. Hewlett Excessive Faculty in 1988. He then went on to earn his undergraduate diploma from the College of Colorado Boulder earlier than persevering with on to Harvard Legislation Faculty.