When winners of the Reality Rally online auction sit down to lunch with ultimate “Survivor” contestant Richard Hatch, one thing is promised — no subject is off limits.
“I am an open book,” said Hatch, adding that he is comfortable sharing his life after years in the limelight as the winner of “Survivor’s” first season.
The luncheon up for auction is just one part of the 2012 Reality Rally fundraising efforts to benefit Michelle’s Place — a breast cancer resource center in Temecula.
Up to six fans can bid for a chance to dine for two hours with Hatch and another standout “Survivor” contestant YauMan Chan.
Known to many fans as the innovative mind behind strategy, alliance and all things politic that are now commonplace on the popular reality show, Hatch said that he is prepared to chat up his guests on any topic, including the behind-the-scenes drama.
A student of human behavior, Hatch said he knew before the show even aired that it would be a success.
“I recognized just from the brief description of the show what “Survivor” was going to be,” Hatch said, adding that the criticism he received while playing the game was surprising.
“People who apply (for the show) to somehow understand themselves need to get a grip. Don’t try to find yourself out there,” Hatch said, laughing.
“We inaccurately think that reality TV is junk. But, it is representative of who we are. We are all good and bad,” Hatch said.
These kinds of reflections are what have current and up-and-coming “Survivor” contestants still flocking to Hatch with questions and praise.
“People really are generous with their gratitude for the way I played the game,” he said.
While Hatch is currently at work filming a series of commercials and getting set to pitch a new adventure/reality show, he said he plans to take part in all three days of the Reality Rally event planned for April 13-15 in Old Town Temecula.
The fundraiser, founded by former “Survivor: Gabon” contestant Gillian Larson, features over 100 reality stars from shows like “Survivor,” “Big Brother” and the “Apprentice” who compete in an “Amazing Race-style” game, alongside their fans.
All proceeds benefit Michelle’s Place.
“Hands down, the single most positive thing to come from my notoriety, or celebrity, is the opportunity to raise money in this way. It is so rewarding. I’m just thrilled to help,” Hatch said.
To learn more about all of the activities planned for 2012 Reality Rally, visit www.realityrally.com.
And to place a bid for a chance to have lunch with Richard Hatch and YauMan Chan, click here.
Kerri S. Mabee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow me on Twitter @kerrimabee.