Molly Shattuck, wife of Mayo Shattuck ’76, starred in an episode of Secret Millionaire last night. (Hat tip to this reader.)

Each week, one of the wealthiest Americans, worth millions of dollars, will go undercover into one of the most impoverished and dangerous towns in America. Their job is to spend one week canvassing the town – meeting as many people as possible – some of whom will touch the millionaire with their dedication to helping others while others will have incredible stories of trying to overcome tremendous odds. On the final day, the Secret Millionaire meets with the chosen recipients and reveals his/her true identity and intentions – to give them a sum of money that is going to change their lives forever.

Noblesse oblige or poverty exploitation? The episode is available here. Judge for yourself. Alas, I don’t see an easy way of embedding it or saving a copy. I have watched 20 minutes so far. It is surprisingly good.

More detail here.

shattuckShattuck is married to Mayo Shattuck III, and is the mother of five children. Shattuck is also a civic leader in Baltimore, MD, where her many charitable efforts have focused on raising awareness and funding for the health, education and artistic development of disadvantaged inner-city youth. Shattuck previously served as a Corporate Center Director for Sylvan Learning Systems and as a Marketing Associate for Alex. Brown & Sons, Inc. She recently became nationally known when, at the age of 38, she became the oldest cheerleader in NFL history, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens.

If Molly Shattuck is a “civic leader” then I am the Queen of Persia.

Challenged with living on minimum wage, the millionaires will immerse themselves in situations beyond their comprehension. They work with with community members and befriend those in need. Then they decide who of their new-found friends, neighbors or co-workers should ultimately receive their extraordinary gifts, at least $100,000 of their own money. The millionaires include an internet mogul who last year at age 25 sold his company for $300 million, a co-owner of a multi-million dollar magazine-publishing business, a successful Southern California lawyer, an owner of a restaurant empire, a Baltimore socialite & former NFL cheerleader as well as a software inventor worth $50 million.

Socialite is a fair description. Not that there is anything wrong with that!

Did anyone watch the show?

UPDATE: Watched the whole thing. Highly recommended. Molly’s closing quote is, “There’s a lot of good in people, if you just give them a chance to show it.” Words to live by, for all of us.

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