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Take that, Donald: Caesars gives $250K donation to Opportunity Village on behalf of Penn Jillette

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Penn Jillette with Opportunity Village drivers in front of the two vehicles purchased using a portion of the $250,000 donated by Caesars Foundation to Opportunity Village.

Penn Jillette with Thom Reilly, executive director of Caesars Foundation, in front of the two vehicles purchased using a portion of the $250,000 donated by Caesars Foundation to Opportunity Village.

Penn Jillette with Thom Reilly, executive director of Caesars Foundation, in front of the two vehicles purchased using a portion of the $250,000 donated by Caesars Foundation to Opportunity Village.

Donald Trump “fired” Penn Jillette on Sunday’s episode of “Celebrity Apprentice,” but the magician’s real employer made good on Jillette's promise to help a local charity.

The Caesars Foundation donated $250,000 — the amount Jillette would have secured had he won the show — to Opportunity Village, a Las Vegas nonprofit that serves people with intellectual disabilities.

“When I got pretend fired, my real bosses, the ones who really could fire me for real no-kidding, decided to give the full winning $250,000 to ‘my’ charity,” Jillette said. “I have the best bosses in the world.”

Penn and his silent partner, Teller, have headlined at the Rio for more than a decade. The Rio is owned by Caesars Entertainment. The Caesars Foundation is funded by operating income from Caesars Entertainment.

A portion of the donation was spent on a transit van that will shuttle Opportunity Village workers to Veteran Administration centers, as well as a mini-bus that will take volunteers to Three Square, the Las Vegas Mission and various city parks.

Money also will be used to expand Opportunity Village programs. The nonprofit provides vocational training, job support and recreational services to hundreds of clients.

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