Art Velez of Temecula and J.J. Carrell of Carlsbad are friends, co-workers as fellow U.S. Border Patrol agents and teammates on this season of CBS’ “The Amazing Race.”
The two are hoping to raise money for a good cause, support area businesses and allow local supporters to follow their “Amazing” journey by hosting viewing parties at Temecula and North County San Diego restaurants.
A portion of the proceeds raised from the viewing parties will be donated to the Border Patrol Foundation, a nonprofit that aids families of fallen and severely injured Border Patrol agents.
The first viewing party for the show’s premiere was held last Sunday in La Jolla, where $1,000 was raised for the foundation, Velez’s wife Kimberly said.
“We’re going to try to continue that trend as long as we can,” she said.
Viewing parties will last as long as the two remain on the show.
A viewing party will be held tonight at Brew-Ligion Bar & Grill, 27470 Commerce Center Drive, in Temecula from 6 to 10 p.m. Owners will be donating 25 percent of the proceeds to the foundation. The venue usually is closed on Sundays but is opening its doors for the event.
The smaller venue has a capacity of 80, so some people may have to be turned away depending on the turnout.
Follow Velez’s and Carrell’s journey on the show via their Facebook fan page, where locations of upcoming viewing parities will be announced.
Learn a little bit more about the two local contestants via the show’s website, where both provide humorous answers to questions about themselves and their teammate.
“They’re hilarious. They really are. As they continue on (the show) a little bit, more of their personalities are going to come out. They’re a great couple of guys,” Kimberly Velez said.
You can also follow the local team on Twitter.
“The Amazing Race,” now in its 20th season, airs at 8 p.m. Sundays.