Lunch Lady Denise Donates $50,000

Guilt has overwhelmed our Denise, so she’s opted to donate the money she was given by “Survivor” producer Mark Burnett to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

In her statement, issued on Tuesday through CBS, she thanks those who have supported her and asks forgiveness for her actions. Her claims that she was not able to go back to the job she loved because her presence was too disruptive now that she’s a reality star just didn’t ring true. As we noted in a previous post, Denise had switched jobs to her janitor position – a better paying job – before she went on Survivor. So she did return to the job she left.

We understand how she may have gotten caught up in the moment. And how difficult it must have been to turn down that 50 grand. The amount of money could have been used to change her family’s life. But I think her family’s life was changed for the better by Denise donating the money.

She showed through her actions that what she did was dishonorable, and she wanted to show the world and her family that what she did was wrong. How many of us would be able to chuck that 50 thousand, knowing what kind of impact it would make our financially strapped family?

Denise, you did the right thing.


  1. vickie said,

    December 20, 2007 at 6:03 am

    I think that Denise should have kept the money, after all the show is about deceit and lies, isnt it? it is about saying what you have to say to get ahead in the game and the way I see it the game was still on air.
    Besides that I honestly think that she deserves the money she did come in 4th place so yes the show producer should pay her something, Everyone on the show has lied about something, look at it this way, at least it was a job she lied about and not a dead grandmother!

  2. Grid Effect » Blog Archive » Yueltide Links said,

    December 24, 2007 at 7:38 am

    […] Denise from Survivor has donated Mark Burnett’s money to an AIDS charity. Regardless of what anyone says, I think this totally redeems her, and I’m not being sarcastic in any way. We’d be happy to donate someone else’s money to needy charities so multi-millionaires can write off the donation. […]

  3. JH said,

    December 26, 2007 at 10:03 am

    I wouldn’t be so quick to fall for her act of redemption. Of course, it’s great for the charity to receive that contribution, but why do you think she opted to donate the money rather than return it? I’m sure there are tax write-off implications that are a huge benefit to her by making that donation. If she were truly repentant, she should have returned the money to Mark Burnett with the request that HE be the one to donate it to the charity. I’m sure Burnett would have acquiesced, and then Denise would not be receiving ANY benefit for her deceitfulness. As it stands, I am obviously still very skeptical of her character.

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