Columbia\'s Celebrity Apprentice Teams Raise Money for Charity

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COLUMBIA - Teams for Columbia's Celebrity Apprentice competed in a fundraiser Tuesday to support Job Point, an organization that helps locals find jobs.

Sixteen representatives from area businesses make up the four teams that are trying to avoid "being fired" from the competition. Each team set up tables and tents on a different corners of Ninth Street and Broadway during the lunch hour. 

Players had different tactics to help their teams raise the most money. People passing by downtown could give money by purchasing raffle tickets and guessing the number of candies in a jar. Yellow team member Crystal Midkiff said her team charged $10 for people to throw a pie in the face of someone dressed as a "presidential candidate."

"We have Hilary, Obama, Mitt Romney, and Sarah Palin. So, if there is one in particular that you loathe, or can't stand, you have the opportunity to throw a pie in the face of one of those politicians," Midkiff said.

Midkiff also said the fun and games were for a good cause. 

"Job Point is a fantastic organization that gives people kind of a second chance, especially in a job market where it's incredibly more and more difficult to find a job," Midkiff said. "They give individuals tools and the training in order to find a profession." 

Job Point helps people fill out applications, write a resume, and offer training in fields like construction. 

The winner of the Third Annual Celebrity Apprentice will be announced after the talent show Thursday evening at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public and tickets are $25. Audience members will get to vote on the winning team.