Tonight's millionaire is Marcus Limonis, a Miami native who returns home after making his millions as a Chicago CEO. While Marcus grew up in a squarely middle class neighborhood, he has since ascended to wealth and now gets his first real look at poverty.
Marcus' first charitable organization is called National Voices for Equality, Education & Enlightenment, or NVEEE. The group is dedicated to providing support for victims of bullying, and he helps out at a volunteer carwash.
Marcus later speaks to founder Jowharah Sanders about the harrowing crucible in which her organization was formed: shortly after Sanders came out as a lesbian in her teens, a supposed friend organized for her to be brutally raped by strangers. She was traumatized by the event, but vowed to dedicate the rest of her life to preventing such extreme ostracization of others.
Home for the Homeless
The evening's second organization is New Journeys, a group dedicated to assisting homeless young women. As an adoptee himself, Marcus is particularly interested in the group's care for foster children, as the home often picks up young people who age out of the foster program. He speaks with one beneficiary named Sharla, who details her own personal struggle with violence and exploitation.
His third cause is called Neat Stuff, a group that ensures neat clothes like school uniforms are accessible to low-income families. The organization makes a point of keeping all of their wares neat and new, aiming to recreate the shopping experience of higher-income families.
On the last day, Marcus disperses his funds. He pairs his donations with personal touches, including a mobile office for NVEEE and a $5,000 trust for a young Neat Stuff volunteer. His final donation is $75,000 to New Journeys, accompanied by a personal gift of $10,000 for the organization's founder.
Marcus is probably one of the more uncomfortable-looking millionaires of the season, but also a quite sympathetic one: his willingness to open up about his own hardships along with his personal donation touches help show that he's more than just a wealthy person looking for accolades; he quite genuinely believes in the causes he supports.