A senior executive at a Los Angeles investment firm said he would donate all of his $ 145,000 earnings from his Wheel of Fortune appearance to charity.
Scott Kolbrenner, 50, won a grand prize of $ 100,000 in addition to the $ 45,000 he took home on Thursday’s broadcast of the popular recorded game show in Culver City, Calif.
The episode was originally taped on November 5 and Kolbrenner said only he and his wife were aware of his grand prize winnings as well as his intention to donate the money to charity.
During an appearance on ABC Good Morning America on Friday, Kolbrenner said he decided to donate all of his earnings in light of the economic hardships many faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was a dark time and when I went on the show I was doing it for fun,” Kolbrenner said. GMA.
‘As I continued [the show], I said to my wife, “If I’m ok here, whatever I get, let’s give her charity.” We are very lucky. Let’s see if we can support others who are not as fortunate as we are.
Scott Kolbrenner, 50, won a grand prize of $ 100,000 in addition to the $ 45,000 he won on Thursday airing of Wheel of Fortune, the popular game show in Culver City, California.
Kolbrenner is seen above reacting to his grand prize wins. The episode, which was taped on November 5, aired on Thursday.
During an appearance on Friday’s Good Morning America show, Kolbrenner said, “As I continued [the show], I said to my wife, “If I’m ok here, whatever I get, let’s give her charity.” We are very lucky. Let’s see if we can support others who are not as fortunate as we are.
Kolbrenner said that except for his wife, he did not tell friends and family, including his two children, what happened after the recording ended on Thursday afternoon .
“My kids didn’t know it, my parents, my friends, my family didn’t know it, so it was a total and utter shock to everyone in our life and they were ecstatic about it.”
Kolbrenner, managing director of investment firm Houlihan Lokey, said one of the charities that would receive part of his earnings is Uplift Family Services, based in the heart of Hollywood.
The organization, where Kolbrenner served on the board for two decades, provides behavioral health services to families in need.
Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak reveals in Thursday’s episode that Kolbrenner has won an extra $ 100,000 grand prize
“I’ve been involved with them for 20 years and they do a great job,” Kolbrenner told GMA.
“People think of Hollywood as glitz and glamor, but there are a lot of people you don’t see in the bright lights every day.
“What I was hoping to do is enlighten them.”
The other organization Kolbrenner is considering helping is the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
“Obviously, their needs have increased dramatically during this time,” Kolbrenner said.
“We are delighted to be able to help these two organizations. ”
Although he lives in Los Angeles, Kolbrenner is originally from Hewlett, a small hamlet on the south shore of Long Island.
He is married to his wife, Caryn, an elementary school nurse, with whom he has two children – teenage son Owen and 20-year-old daughter Abby.
Kolbrenner said he went to audition for Wheel of Fortune after starting to watch the show regularly to distract himself from the grim news of the pandemic.
“It was a dark time and when I went on the show I was doing it for fun,” Kolbrenner said. The confetti is seen above as Kolbrenner solves the final puzzle in Thursday’s episode
‘What is more heartwarming than lighting up the Wheel of Fortune and seeing Pat [Sajak] and Vanna [White], that I grew up watching, ”he said News day.
“At the start of the summer, I would watch it every night and scream the answers like everyone else does when they watch.”
After Caryn encouraged him to audition, Kolbrenner said he was called back.
“I uploaded a quick video and a one-page app. I got a call right away for a Zoom interview (which included a mock show with other potential candidates) which was really fun to do, ”he says.
“I thought I missed it because I didn’t win a lot of puzzles, but a few days later I got an email that said, ‘Your recording day is November 5th. We look forward to seeing you.”
” I could not believe it ! “
Kolbrenner graduated from George W. Hewlett High School in 1988. He then received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder before continuing his studies at Harvard Law School.