Chilly temperatures did not dampen the spirits in Old Town Temecula this morning. Temecula City Hall was bursting at the seams as hundreds of fans and media gathered to chat with their favorite reality stars taking part in the 2012 Reality Rally.
“Survivor” winners like YauMan Chan and Bob Crowley and “Amazing Race” contestants feverishly signed autographs.
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Richard Hatch said he enjoyed a long luncheon yesterday with four lucky winners at Pala Mesa Resort.
“Even longtime fans want to know the smallest details. It was great,” Hatch said.
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Based on the vision of former “Survivor: Gabon” contestant and Temecula resident Gillian Larson, the event will pair dozens of teams with reality stars from shows like “Survivor” and “The Apprentice” in an “Amazing Race”-style game.
The race starts at noon today.
All of the net proceeds will benefit the Temecula-based breast cancer resource center Michelle’s Place.
Among the teams is one that will represent the Temecula City Council, led by councilman Jeff Comerchero.
“Anytime you get the chance to show off your city in a positive light like this, it’s great,” Comerchero said.
As for talking any pre-game trash, Comerchero said there is no need.
Temecula is already a winner with the amount of publicity and visitors that have been lured to the city to experience all of its attractions, he said.
“Of course, Michelle’s Place is one of our success stories. They do terrific work. Unfortunately, there is a need for their service,” Comerchero said.
Michelle’s Place Executive Director Kim Goodnough said she was excited for the day and hoped residents would make it down to Old Town Temecula to catch a glimpse of all the fun.
“We had the opportunity to meet the reality stars last night. We hosted them at Michelle’s Place and they learned about what we do. It was very well received. (It was ) very quiet and they thanked us. They felt even better about being here,” Goodnough said.
Goodnough added that this year each reality star was asked to raise $400 to take part in the event.
“I think (the fundraiser) will be more successful this year. The first time through is always hard, but we knew that going in,” Goodnough said, adding that efforts were made to streamline outgoing costs so that more of the net profits would go directly to the breast cancer resource center.
Michelle’s Place volunteer Ginger Koontz said,”I have been volunteering for Michelle’s Place for seven years. And I am a breast cancer survivor. I didn’t know I would need the support then.”
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