'Secret Millionaire' Honors Murdered Employee With $100,000 Donation

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'Secret Millionaire' Gives $100,000 to Domestic Violence Org

In May 2011, branded merchandise agency BDA was holding a company retreat in Hawaii when the unthinkable happened: Susan Brockert, a longtime employee, was beaten to death by her husband. He was sentenced to life in prison for the crime. Two years later, the company's CEO is honoring her memory by putting some of his wealth toward fighting domestic violence.

On Sunday night's "Secret Millionaire" on ABC, chief executive Jay Deutsch traveled to Phoenix, Ariz., to meet with a number of nonprofits. He wound up volunteering -- incognito, of course -- with Cup O'Karma, a coffee shop that employs domestic violence survivors and puts proceeds toward helping women in need. Deutsch would wind up revealing his identity to the staff and gifting them with an incredible $100,000 donation.

"How can you not love this man," the coffee shop wrote on its Facebook page as the show aired.

Cup O'Karma is run by the National Advocacy and Training Network, a nonprofit that provides various service to domestic violence survivors. MonaLou Callery, the group's founder, recounts how Deutsch was put right to work when he volunteered at the coffee shop.

"We put him behind the counter of this coffee shop, we showed him how to run the espresso machine, how to make a frappe, how to grind our coffee," she told the local ABC affiliate. As it turned out, he had a lot more to offer the group than just his coffee-making skills.

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betty_brock

BUT WAIT, how can that be. We liberals know the rich are all evil.

August 13 2013 at 8:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mdennish

Wonderful gesture.

August 13 2013 at 9:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
thsidebar

How cool is that. This guy volunteers to serve coffee to help out knowing he's going to do more. Domestic violence is still very much a secret in many areas. Doing more to expose abusers and educate victiims needs to happen. So many women and I guess some men believe they can't do better relationship wise that they accept being abused. I'm all for not getting involved in someone's marital problems and recognizing abuse from an argument is not always that easy but, most people can tell the difference when they listen. If people would risk being a little confrontive when needed, maybe the abuser or the victim would learn.

August 12 2013 at 8:32 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
marciam60

How generous of Jay Deutsch to do something about domestic violence for women. Also, there are men to consider who are emotionally and physically abused. People don't like to think this is happening, but it is.

August 12 2013 at 8:00 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Nancy

Staying with the theme of this story, I think it is great that someone made such a wonderful gesture. There is no need at this time to comment on anything other than his act of kindness. To do so just takes away from his good act. Just my opinion.

August 12 2013 at 7:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
clearfashion

It's time for women to acknowledge they to abuse<<<---they are not always the victim.... Even though they are always told that they are...

August 12 2013 at 6:32 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
queencelt

I "surfed by" Secret Millionaire last night: if I had known the subject matter, I would have watched. It is wonderful when a man acknowledges that domestic violence exists, and that the vast majority of domestic violence victims are female.

August 12 2013 at 5:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
clearfashion

Guess they don't have a abused husband's group this rich guy could donate to -- but who cares about them right.....the male is always the forgotten one --plenty of abusive women out their- just no media coverage to show it .............and I'm a female.....hope my sons find good wives??????

August 12 2013 at 5:22 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Sandra Wilson

Our local SafeHome accepts men or women into the facility and treatment programs. I'm sure many other domestic violence facilities have provisions for men but people who don't work with abused individuals rarely know what's available.

August 12 2013 at 9:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
belledamnit

God bless you, Jay Deutsch, for your generosity towards this organization who strives to provide support and shelter to domestic violence victims.

August 12 2013 at 4:52 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
lnl8835

that was great, there is a lot of good people in this world.

August 12 2013 at 4:15 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply