Big Horse Feed’s popular Corn Maze at Corona Farms was humming with fun as hundreds arrived to jump into fall activities.
Pumpkin bowling, pony and hay rides, and the corn maze were just one part of the day.
To a large extent, many were there to join in a Reality Rally-style race, led by founder and “Survivor: Gabon” contestant Gillian Larson.
“I saw Gillian one day when we were eating at an IHOP. I went up, introduced myself and told her I recognized her from ‘Survivor,’ and here we are,” Big Horse Feed owner Steve Corona said.
Corona Farms served as one of the “pit stops” for Larson’s inaugural Reality Race in April. Today, it was the site where five local non-profits gathered with reality stars to compete in a series of “Amazing Race”- styled challenges to raise money and awareness for their causes.
“I love the idea of the Reality Rally and maybe seeing more of these in other places. It helps the local economy for a really good cause,” said “Amazing Race” contestant Mark Munoz.
Challenges included a corn maze race and some competition on Corona’s “Field of Dreams”-inspired baseball diamond.
Among the groups to compete was Women Against Child Trafficking, a Murrieta non-profit dedicated to providing clothing, shelter, food and counseling to children rescued from human trafficking.
Also, teachers from Temecula’s St. Jeanne’s de Lestonnac School joined in the day’s challenges.
“Gillian came to our school last year to help kick off our Survivor Olympic Challenge, so we’re here to compete and raise money for our kids,” teacher Rena Balleweg said.
Judy Hart, founder of Temecula’s All from the Heart that also attended, said, “We’re a non-profit that honors military families with special circumstances. We’re here to bring more attention to our (cause). We provide power chairs to any veteran in need of assistance.”
Also participating in the race was Michelle’s Place, a local breast cancer resource center, and Temecula-based Charity for Charity, known for its popular Stars of the Valley events.
“We pick people from the community and try to fulfill a wish. Usually we choose one adult and one child and grant a wish, whether it’s a vacation or a Disney cruise. We choose all local folks, and everything we do is all-volunteer,” said Brenda Bentrivengo, a volunteer for the organization.
Larson, who competed alongside the Women Against Child Trafficking team, said that more events leading up to the next Reality Rally are forthcoming, including a reality star golf tournament.
To learn more, visit realityrally.com.
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