Introducing the Reality Rally Blog stories with impact.....
This year, I will be blogging about all the exciting happenings and people involved in Reality Rally. If you want to be "in the know", stop here regularly. We will showcase some of your favorite Reality TV stars and fill you in on some inside information regarding RR. Hopefully, I can even get some of your most burning questions answered by some of your favorite stars! Email me with your suggestions, questions, etc. and I promise to do what I can.
Reality Rally has a very special place in my heart. I've loved Reality TV from the very beginning. I can remember watching Big Brother in 2000 with my son, who was just 9 years-old at the time. Little did I know that reality TV would become a staple in everyone's lives. I could never have predicted that after 14 years, shows like Big Brother, Survivor and Amazing Race would be still be going strong.
I'm not sure exactly when, but one day I came upon a note on the Internet. A website owner was looking for a reality TV blogger. I had always wanted to try my hand at writing so I volunteered. We've been friends (and sometimes business partners) ever since. I've been blogging reality TV for about 10 years now. I've blogged about Biggest Loser, Survivor, and American Idol and many others, but Big Brother has always been my favorite.
As fate would have it, we ended up moving to southern California in 2007. This brought me closer to the Reality TV world and its participants. I was able to attend tapings of American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, etc. Then along came Reality Rally and it just so happens that it was in Temecula—just a town over from my hometown of Murrieta! That first year, I attended Reality Rally as a guest. I had a blast meeting some of my favorite Reality TV stars, taking pictures and interviewing them for my blogs. Once again, fate took control. I forgot my notes at the event. Gillian (Reality Rally founder) sent me a message. I telephoned her and the rest is history (as they say!).
Reality Rally is important to me because of my love for reality TV, but also, and even more important for its purpose of fundraising for the breast cancer resource center, Michelle's Place. My sister is a breast cancer survivor and it was Michelle's Place that I telephoned when I needed advice during that time. The help that they provide to so many is irreplaceable.
A few years ago, we had to move from our precious Murrieta. We now live in the southeast. I am very lucky to be able to work from home as a Virtual Office Assistant. What that means is I do office work for those clients who don't need in-house help or just need some extra help. Since I've been a secretary (I still like that word) for over 35 years, I can do pretty much anything including transcription, word processing, research, writing and spreadsheets. So if you need office help, please get in touch.
Stay tuned, Bloggergal (RRBloggergal@gmail.com)
In order to fully appreciate the amazing event Reality Rally has become, you must know the story. How did an event of this magnitude spring from the depth of disappointment. Why do over 100 Reality Stars from over 30 TV shows flock to Temecula every April. What draws over 600 volunteers to participate and make it what it is. Why do our amazing Sponsors help provide almost everything we eat, read, listen to, play and enjoy at prime venues throughout the town of Temecula California. What encourages the Temecula organizations to be the Challenge Checkpoints in the Amazing Race type game.
Reality Rally is filled with many heartwarming stories. Below, told in her own words is the story of Charlene and her wonderful family and how one reality TV star, Denise Stapley impacted their lives. Charlene and Brandon attended Reality Rally in 2014. Check back here for an update on their amazing experience.
At the young age of 27 in 1988 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was single and just started dating a special man. I suggested that we stop dating because it wasn't fair to him to have to go through the ups and downs with me as I didn't know where this disease would take me. He said there was no way he was going to leave my side, and he didn't! It was a long road to recovery as I had a right radical mastectomy with reconstructive surgery, but did not have to go through it alone.
In 1991 I married that man who never left my side as he is the love of my life whose name is John. In 1993 we had a beautiful baby boy named Brandon. At the age of 2-1/2 Brandon was diagnosed as having Autism. John and I became Brandon's educational and life-long advocates and today he is now 20 years old and attending college in a special program.
Brandon started watching Survivor the very first season and never stopped. He recently enrolled on Facebook and liked Denise Stapley's (Winner of Survivor Phillipines) page. Through daily messages on Facebook, Denise has befriended Brandon. Brandon donated to one of Denise's charities and he won a phone call and had a marvelous conversation with her. My husband and I felt that even though we never met Denise, she was definitely a special person.
My husband was diagnosed with Leukemia six months ago and we lost him October 2, 2013 and our hearts are forever broken. Brandon has stepped up to the plate and helped me ever since his father became ill to the point where I am now depending on him. Brandon and I decided we are now a team (knuckle bop)!
Through Denise's Facebook page Brandon learned about Reality Rally and asked if we could go in April. I immediately said no, and he said maybe we could go in 2015 and that he would start saving his money. He just hoped Denise would be there then. I was so proud of him for the way he matured during the last six months and decided that YES, I would take him, and knew his father would agree, because all I wanted to do was once again show his pearly white teeth. I wanted to keep it a secret until Christmas but could not. I contacted Denise and she said she would be honored to be on our team, but we feel it the other way. My niece will be joining us as our third team member and we will give it our all and I hope we make my husband proud and he shines down on us with pride!
Stay tuned...Bloggergal (RRBloggergal@gmail.com)
I'm sure you remember CBS Survivor contestant Nina Acosta. She was the second member of the Salani tribe to leave during Survivor: One World. I was bummed. I have a special place in my heart for Survivor contestants who are over 50 and women. Nina is also a retired LAPD officer. Yep, I was bummed. I'm sure she was too, but what can you do? Life goes on. Then Nina heard about Reality Rally and attended in 2013.
I have to explain something to you that you might not be aware of. During Reality Rally, all reality TV stars go to Michelle's Place in Temecula and get to meet the amazing Watson family, the awesome Michelle's Place staff and tour the center. I've done this with the stars so I know what I'm talking about. It's one of my favorite parts of the weekend because frankly it's what Reality Rally is all about. There's a moving film that tells the story of Michelle Watson and how Michelle's Place came about. When you leave there, you know WHY Reality Rally raises funds for Michelle's Place and how important it is to support those who are fighting for their lives with breast cancer.
When Nina toured Michelle's Place, she realized that even though her time on Survivor was short, it had a purpose. Her Reality TV celebrity status would help her help Michelle's Place. Survivor was not meant to be about her, it was meant to be about what she could do for those who are fighting to be "survivors" in the real sense of the word. In 2013, Nina raised $1,206 for Reality Rally and Michelle's Place. In 2014, she more than doubled that, raising $3,575!
Now, in 2015, Nina has the amazing goal of raising more than $6,000! Here's how she plans to do it. First of all, the very generous Nina has donated $2,000 of her own money to kick off her fundraising campaign. Now, she is looking for a Corporate Match. If a corporation will donate $2,000 to Nina's Reality Rally fundraising campaign, Nina and her husband Joel will kick in ANOTHER $2,000. Michelle's Place will make good use of that $6,000, so let's all find a way to help her reach that goal.
Can you ask the company you work for if they are able to be Nina's Corporate Match? A lot of companies are more than willing to help with such a deserving charity. If you do have a Corporate Match, please contact Gillian Larson at Gillian@realityrally.com. She will connect you with Michelle's Place to get the paperwork needed to get this done.
If you don't have a Corporate Match possibility, you can still help Nina, Reality Rally and Michelle's Place by donating to this more than worthy cause. Please click this link: Nina Acosta Reality Rally Donation Page. Also, remember that you can meet Nina Acosta at Reality Rally 2015, so make plans to attend. I promise you, you won't be disappointed.