(Richmond, Virginia) - 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, Incorporated
will be featured on ABC's hit TV show Secret Millionaire on Sunday, August 18.
Raised on a small farm in rural Virginia, Johnston's parents scraped together $3,000 to send her
to nursing school.
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 in 1988 to fill that need.
Today, the company has 17 offices across the commonwealth, employs about 3,000 employees and services over 1,200 clients statewide.
In addition to helping people through her
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.
traveled during 2011 to Richmond, California for her
Secret Millionaire experience.
The program was delayed multiple times and will be shown for the first time on August 18.
time in California, Debbie
immersed herself in the "other" Richmond community and lived as an undercover volunteer until her
For more information on the Secret Millionaire program, visit this link: http://abc.go.com/shows/secret-millionaire
is available for interviews before the premier of her
episode of Secret Millionaire.
will be throwing a viewing party on Sunday evening for employees and friends, and members of the media are invited to that event.