RVA Has a “Secret Millionaire”

Local Entrepreneur & Philanthropist Debbie Johnston Appears on Hit ABC Show.

Richmond, VA, August 16, 2013 --(PR.com)-- In both her business and philanthropic endeavors, Virginia’s Debbie Johnston has long worked to change lives. Now, the entire country will learn about her, as the Founder and CEO of Chesterfield-based Care Advantage, Inc. will be featured on the ABC hit TV show Secret Millionaire on Sunday, August 18 at 8:00 pm EST.

Raised on a small farm in rural Virginia, Johnston’s parents scraped together $3,000 to send her to nursing school. In her years as a registered nurse, she realized that there was something missing in patient care – help for the patient after they leave the hospital. She founded Care Advantage, Inc. in 1988 to fill that need. Today, the company has 14 offices across the Commonwealth, employs about 3,000 employees and services over 1,200 clients statewide.

In addition to helping people through her business, Johnston is well known for helping people throughout the community through her involvement in dozens of charities in the Richmond area. It’s that philanthropic spirit that drove her to be a Secret Millionaire. During each episode of the program, America's most successful business people are followed for one week as they leave behind their lavish lifestyles, conceal their true identities and go to live and volunteer in some of the most impoverished and dangerous neighborhoods in the country.

Johnston traveled to Richmond, California for her Secret Millionaire experience. During her time in California, Debbie immersed herself in the “other” Richmond community and lived as an undercover volunteer until her big reveal. During her week-long visit, Debbie met a number of grass-roots organizations that touch and move her in amazing ways, including: Reach Fellowship International, a community center that provides job training, employment and medical education and services; NIAD Art Center, a studio art program and gallery assisting adults with developmental and physical disabilities as well as Self-Sustaining Communities, an organization working with low-income residents and community members to create wide-scale, environmentally sustainable local food production.

For more information on the Secret Millionaire program, visit this link: http://abc.go.com/shows/secret-millionaire

Debbie Johnston is available for interviews before the premier of her episode of Secret Millionaire. Additionally, she will be throwing a viewing party on Sunday evening for her employees, friends and members of the media are invited to that event. To set up an advance interview or to attend the viewing party, call the contact number at the top of this release.
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Sarah Murphy