Hope Dworacyzk has
been a runway model, a Playboy Playmate and a contestant on Celebrity
Apprentice, where she won $40,000 for her favorite charity, Best Buddies.
The nonprofit organization promotes a volunteer movement that creates
one-to-one friendships, employment and leadership opportunities for
people with intellectual and development disabilities.
ABILITYs Chet Cooper recently caught up with Dworacyzk in Los
Cooper: How did you learn out about Best Buddies?
Dworacyzk: From Maria Shriver who invited me to a lot of their fund-raising
bike rides. She and I first met at an event at Hearst castle (in San
Simeon, CA) and then, about three years ago, Tom Brady of the New England
Patriots led one of the rides. It was 100 miles, and went from Boston
to the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, MA. I took part in it, and
had a really great time that weekend hanging out with a lot of different
kids, and people my age, too.
Cooper: Older kids?
Dworacyzk: Yes, and I asked if I could have a buddy.
Cooper: Did a lot of people raise their hands?
Dworacyzk: (laughs) When I got back to Los Angeles, I called the local
Best Buddies. I was matched with a young woman named Caroline, and we
became friends. Shes now 25, and we go to trendy restaurants,
get our nails done and go to the spa.
I like that Best Buddies is about creating one-on-one friendships between
two people. They help participants with their education, so they can
find work. With education and jobs, many people with intellectual and
developmental disabilities can live independently. Its a beautiful
program. Caroline has a job assembling handcuffs.
Cooper: I think Special Olympics has a How to Get Out of Handcuffs
Dworacyzk: (laughs) When I learned what Caroline does, I found it really
amusing. I said, Are you kidding me? At one time she packaged
candy corn. What she does changes a lot, but right now she makes handcuffs.
I should ask for some. (laughs)
Cooper: Lets talk about your handcuff fetish.
Dworacyzk: (laughs) I was just kidding.
Cooper: Aside from Best Buddies, are there any other nonprofits that
youve worked with?
Dworacyzk: Not to this degree. Ive taken part in different activities,
like walks for breast cancer research. But, as you know, Best Buddies
is the charity I raised money for when I was on Celebrity Apprentice,
and after I won the $40,000, I got to present the check to Caroline.
But I had to tell her, This is not for you. (laughter) I
had to make sure I said that when I showed it to her, because I surprised
her with it. Luckily she understood.
Cooper: Tell me more about your experience on Celebrity Apprentice.
Dworacyzk: The hours were crazy. I would leave my suite at 4 in the
morning to go to hair and makeup to start my day, and I wouldnt
get back until 11:30 at night. So I had only four-and-a-half hours to
wind down, sleep and be ready for the next day.
Cooper: How long were you on that schedule?
Dworacyzk: Seven days the first week, and then after that six days a
week. I lasted until the ninth episode.
Cooper: How many episodes are in a full season?
Cooper: So Donald Trump didnt fire you until almost the end. How
did you win the money for Best Buddies?
Dworacyzk: You win money when youre project manager and your team
wins a business task. There are also other times throughout the show
when you have an opportunity to win money.
I was project manager of an Omaha Steaks task. Because I dont
eat steak, Donald Trump asked me on-camera, Are you excited about
your task? I said, Yeah, but I know nothing about it.
Fortunately, we ended up winning anyway.
Cooper: Was this the season with Meatloaf?
Cooper: Wasnt it controversial because Meatloaf got upset about
Dworacyzk: Hes very emotional, and he and Gary Busey were really
going at each other. I forget which charity Meatloaf played for, but
it was a good one.
Cooper: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals?
Dworacyzk: (laughs) No, I believe it was The Painted Turtle; they have
a camp for kids with life-threatening illnesses.
Cooper: Do you think the battle between Meatloaf and Gary was real?
Dworacyzk: It was. When you put all these different personalities together,
and so many of them have huge egos, it can get really heated. Like,
I ordered my food before she ordered hers, how did she get hers first?
But there were other people, like [former model] Niki Taylor, for instance,
who were great. She played for the American Red Cross.
Cooper: We were supposed to interview Gary Busey. I briefly spoke to
him about his motorcycle accident, and his views on whether to wear
a helmet or not. Did he ever talk about that?
Dworacyzk: Only every day. (laughs) He would tell anybody who walked
in the building, See, I was in this motorcycle crash...
He has no sense of personal space. He would be talking and get so close
that our noses would touch. I had to say, Gary, youve got
to back up.
Cooper: So if you dont eat Omaha Steak, does that mean youre
Dworacyzk: I eat fish, but not red meat.
Cooper: Do you work out?
Dworacyzk: Every day; I do Pilates.
Cooper: Do you travel much?
Dworacyzk: It depends on what Im doing. If Im working in
New York, I may stay there for two weeks, or Ill go back and forth.
Cooper: How often do you and Caroline get together?
Dworacyzk: I see her one day a month.
Cooper: Who calls whom?
Dworacyzk: She can call me any time, but normally Ill call her
and see what her schedules like, and if I can see her the following
Cooper: Do you guys email?
Dworacyzk: I call. She texts. No emails.
Cooper: Did you come up with the one-day-a-month schedule?
Dworacyzk: No, we just get together whenever we can. It depends on when
Im in town, and when shes not working. It might be twice
one month, and then the next month I might not see her, and then the
following month I might see her three times. It just depends on whats
going on. She has a boyfriend now, so she spends time with him, as well.
Cooper: It would be fun if you could ask her if shed talk with
us to round out the article, and see how she likes hanging out with
Dworacyzk: I think that would be good. Shes very funny and smiley
Cooper: Whats on your bucket list?
Dworacyzk: I was just thinking about that last night. I have a cousin
Cooper: --makes buckets.
Dworacyzk: (smiles) not quite. Hes been fighting a rare
form of mouth cancer for the last couple of years. He never smoked or
dipped [chewed tobacco], but hes got cancer, anyway. Hes
had a couple rounds of chemo and radiation, and the doctors dont
think that theres .....
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