May 19, 2013
Trace Wins 'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice'

Five years after Trace Adkins finished as runner-up on “Celebrity Apprentice,” he walked away with the title of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice on Sunday night during the finale of Donald Trump’s reality TV competition on NBC .

The final challenge was developing a flavor of ice cream for Walgreens, filming a commercial in support of the flavor, selling tickets to and hosting an ice cream social.

In the process of the finale, Adkins raised $564,000 for his charity, the American Red Cross. His competition, Penn Jillette, gathered $503,655 for his charity, Opportunity Village. However, Jillette picked up an additional $100,000 in the finale for selling more of his Vanilla & Chocolate Magic Swirtle ice cream over the course of the last week than Adkins sold of his Maple Macadamia Mash-Up.

As for the fundraising, Adkins attracted some of country music’s most adored artists to New York City for the finale of “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.” The Oak Ridge Boys, Thompson Square, Billy Ray Cyrus and Wynonna Judd made the trip to the Big Apple to donate money to Adkins during the series’ last challenge. In addition, race car driver Tony Stewart made a donation, as did NFL player Tim Tebow, who was running late and nearly missed the chance to turn in his sizable check.

Adkins performed “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” during the social and had team member Gary Busey reprise his role of Buddy Holly from “The Buddy Holly Story” and sing “Not Fade Away.” Later in the show, Jillette joined Adkins singing and playing bass of the title cut of Adkins’ new album, “Love Will.”

With the win, Adkins raised more than $1.5 million for the American Red Cross.