Reality Rally 2013 is just a memory, but WHAT a memory! As promised, here’s my take on this amazing event. First of all, I’ll remind you that Reality Rally is a charity fundraiser held in Temecula California and it benefits Michelle’s Place, a cancer resource center. With almost 100 Reality stars attending, it’s a fun and crazy weekend that earns a great deal of money for a great cause.
There were stars from a lot of your favorite Reality shows. Of course, Big Brother was well represented. Attending this year was Adam Poch, Brendan and Rachel Villegas, Hayden Moss, Howie Gordon, Jodi Rollins, Joe Arvin, Michelle Costa, Michele Noonan, Porsche Briggs, Steven Daigle and Wil Heuser.
Adam Poch is very excited about his upcoming nuptials. He is a very genuine guy that seems thrilled to be getting married. Unfortunately, his bride-to-be couldn’t attend with him since the dates were so close together. I hope to meet her at a future event.
I didn’t get to spend much time talking to Brendan and Rachel (Villegas), Steven Daigle, Porche Briggs or Howie Gordon. With that many stars, it’s difficult to spend time with each and every one! I did have the chance to congratulate Brendan and Rachel on getting “hitched”. They seem very happy and as far as I can tell, they are still together. Steven Daigle is awfully cute.
One of my favorite Big Brother stars is Hayden Moss. He is just a great guy…not to mention handsome. Here’s a picture of Hayden interacting with one of the fans at Reality Rally. You can see from this picture that he’s a special guy!
In case you haven’t heard, Hayden is dating Kat Edorsson from Survivor fame. They make a striking couple. Kat is absolutely gorgeous. Whether all made up or out for a run, she looks perfect. Seeing her running around outside her hotel room looking for hairspray was a kick.
Jodi Rollins was a lot of fun. She’s hoping that the Big Brother big-wigs find it in their hearts to return her to the show so she gets a fair shot this time. I hope so too. I can’t imagine how hard it had to be on her to be eliminated before she even had a chance to stick up for herself.
I’m proud to call Michelle Costa my friend. She has an amazing personality and I love, love, love her accent!
I spoke to Michele Noonan about her upcoming wedding. She tells me that it’s going to be in Hawaii on Halloween. She didn’t tell me it was a secret, so I hope telling all of you is okay. After all, I didn’t tell you where in Hawaii–did I? ;-) Here’s a pic of the two signing autographs at the race.
When speaking to Joe Arvin, I asked him if he read what everyone said about him while he was on Big Brother. He laughed and said he’s heard it all. It doesn’t seem to bother him in the least.
Wil Heuser was one of the Reality Stars I couldn’t wait to meet and I must admit–I LOVE HIM! He’s just as he was on TV, but he doesn’t play with his hair as much! LOL He is one of those guys or gals that you meet and feel like you’ve known them your whole life. He’s pictured here with Tribble Reese (Sweet Home Alabama).
There was a good turnout at Reality Rally from the premiere season of The Glass House. I loved this show and I especially loved the contestants. Attending were Joy Glass, Gene Bryant, Jeffrey Marx, and Stephanie Link. If you remember Joy and Gene had a showmance. They aren’t seeing each other anymore though. Gene is BIG and I think his heart must be the same size! What a teddy bear. Plus, you should see this guy dance. I have to admit he’s a hottie! Jeffrey Marx is just amazing. I can’t say enough good things about him, except that I wish he was my brother. While I’m at it, I wish that Stephanie Link could be my sister. She is equally as amazing as Jeffrey–very down-to-earth, approachable and pretty. I didn’t get to spend much time with Joy Glass, but as you can imagine she is gorgeous. I never saw her not smiling. Here’s a pic with my new bud, Jeffrey:
Since Gillian Larson created Reality Rally, it’s not surprising that there are tons of Survivor stars at the event. Here we go…Anthony Robinson, Ashley Trainer, Billy Garcia, Bob Crowley, Bruce Kanegai, Chelsea Meissner, Christa Hastie, Christina Cha, Cristina Coria, Dana Lambert, Denise Stapley, Earl Cole, Holly Hoffman, Gerri Manthey, Jimmy Tarantino, Joel Anderson, Jonas Otsuji, Kat Edorsson, Kim Spradlin, Marcus Lehman, Nina Acosta, Phillip Sheppard, Richard Hatch, Rita Verreos, Rob Cesternino, Tina Scheer, Troy “Troyzan” Robertson, Tyrone Davis and Zane Knight. I can’t comment on every single one of them, but I’ll give you some highlights.
Troy Robertson is one HOT 51 year-old! He has the most incredible rock-hard abs. How do I know this? Well, I’ll tell you! He volunteered to do a video, along with Jonas Otusji on how to get fitted for the correct bra size. This should have been extremely funny, but all the gals couldn’t help but sigh even when seeing Troy with a bra on! Two good sports—these two! Click this link to watch it and sigh and laugh along with the rest of us.
I did get to spend a little time in the Green Room with Troy. He asked me what I had said about him in my blog during his season of Survivor. Well, if you remember, Troy took that big fit towards the end when he was competing for Immunity. “This is MY island…” He laughed when I said I probably called him a name or two and said “I deserved it”.
I was honored to get to spend time with the distinguished and titled sole Survivor Denise Stapley. She is a petite little thing, but very fit. Frankly, I wish I was in half the shape she is in. Goals…I have goals. <sigh> Anyway, talking with her was very special. She listens and shares and cares. I guess having a degree in therapy is a help in this area, huh? I would love to spend many more hours talking to her, but as you could imagine, she was in high demand.
I can’t say enough about some of the Survivor stars. Among them are Jimmy Tarantino, who raised a ton of money for the charity; Bob Crowley and his beautiful wife Peggy, who always have time for a quick spin on the dance floor, or in the lobby or…well you get my point; Bruce Kanegai, who looks “killer” in a tux; Christina Cha, who is always a lady; Dana Lambert, whom I’d love to hang out with someday; Rita Verreos, whose career as a television report is blooming; Marcus Lehman, who in real life helps save lives as an anesthesiologist; and Richard Hatch, who gets nicer every time we meet!
We can’t talk about Survivor reality stars without mentioning the one you love to love or love to hate…Phillip Sheppard. As I’ve said, he wasn’t allowed to comment about his current stint on Survivor. I did stroke his now bare chin and tell him how much I love him clean shaven. He said they aren’t allowed to shave during the show. I did get my very own, signed copy of The Specialist: The Costa Rica Job. I haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet, though. Here’s me with my sister Charlene and Phillip.
Past winner of Survivor Kim Spradlin was able to pull out the win at Reality Rally this year. She was teamed with a now famous in their own right group called The Three Amigos. These guys raise tons and tons of money for Michelle’s Place each year. They are wonderful and inspirational!
Reality Rally is loosely based on Amazing Race so it isn’t surprising that there were a number of their stars competing once again. Attending were Mark “Abba” Abbattista, Cindy Chiang and Ernie Halvorsen, Deanna Housteau, Eric Sanchez, Jodi Wincheski, Justin Young, Ken and Tina Greene, Michael Munoz and Misa Tanaka.
By far, one of the most interesting guys I met this year was Mark Abbattista. Abba looks like a 60’s hippie, but don’t let the cover fool you. This guy is genius smart. I love that he marches to his own drummer and doesn’t let anyone or anything influence him. I wasn’t surprised to learn that he lives in Colorado. That’s where all the cool people live—right Jad? If you ever meet him, ask him why he wears his hair long. His answer may surprise you!
Two of the most gracious, friendly and endearing Amazing Race stars are Ken and Tina Greene. If you know these two, then you know that they give, give and then give some more. I admire and respect them so much.
This year, there were musical talents intermingled with the Reality Stars. Included in this list were Brian Collins (The Brian Collins Band), Erik Turner (Warrant), Trevor Moran (X-Factor) and The Brewer Boys (X-Factor). I had the amazing experience of standing on stage while Trevor Moran performed. I have never seen so many cameras, cell phones and girls going crazy. Wow, it must be really fun to be a teen idol.
Expedition Impossible is a reality show that I missed, but plan to try to watch through videos. This group of stars includes AJ Gibson, Gus Sanfilippo, Jim Vaglica, Joe Sanfilippo and Ryan Allen Carrillo. The Sanfilippo’s were like long lost family friends. Jim Vaglica brought his wife Robin and I hope I can call her a friend for life, just like Jim! AJ and Ryan are always fun to be around—full of energy and always dressed “to the nines”. For the youngin’s…that’s an old expression meaning dressed awesomely!
There are so many more stars to talk about and so little time…and space! Here’s a quick summary:
Hell’s Kitchen was repped by Amanda Colello.
Cupcake Wars’ Andrea and Corie Maue were on the scene.
The Swan had a bit of a reunion with the beautiful both inside and out gals…Beth Harris, Kelly Alemi Cowan and Kelly Becker.
Bea Hennington appeared on Solitary. I’ve never seen the show, but I loved meeting Bea.
Craig Slike from The Mole was able to work on his interviewing skills and from what he said, he had a blast.
Also from The Mole is the amazingly talented Alex “Rockwell” Jacobs. He’s part of the Brian Collins Band. Check them out—you won’t be disappointed.
Attending from Beauty and the Geek were David Olsen and Joe Cortez. Joe and I sat for awhile in a Temecula bar contemplating being “way past this scene”.
From Average Joe and the most giving, caring, special human being I know–Dennis Luciani. He never fails to dress up for a special occasion!
I spoke a lot about him last Reality Rally attending for the second time was Derek Amato. Google this guy—trust me it’s worth it.
Perhaps the youngest Reality star at Reality Rally was Dillon Tedesco of Design Squad fame and a cutie I must add.
With a name that matches his appearance from Bull Run is Elvis Strange. He is another one of those guys that you can’t judge by his cover. He’d be mad if I said he was a softie, so I won’t! Teehee.
Jerry Garrison appeared on the OCD Project. He’s a big Harley guy—literally and figuratively. Pictured below, Jerry Garrison, Erik Turner and Billy Garcia.
A show I plan to look up is Alt For Norge. I don’t know anything about it, except to say that the contestants from it were amazing people. Attending Reality Rally were Jessica Brustad, Johnathan Richards and Todd Ferris.
Retired NFL football players attending were Jim Weatherly and Lance Zeno.
Pirate Master may have not made it on TV, but reality star Kendra Guffey is tops on my list. She graciously fetched me a snack when I was hungry at RR. I love to keep up with her on Facebook because her life is way more interesting than mine!
One of my friends and a reality star with a future is Melody Pinkerton. She was on the show Frank The Entertainer. Hopefully we will see her on TV again someday.
Rachel Harley from 3 is just the nicest and prettiest mom! Her kids are adorable.
From Wife Swap, Angie and Tim Funderburgh are always great to have around. Angie sure has an amazing selection of shoes. These two are so down-to-earth, I hope they come visit me in Atlanta so I can spend some quality time with them. Here’s me with Angie in our Reality Rally Bling T-Shirts.
Did you happen to catch the show Sweet Home Alabama? After meeting Tribble Reese, I wish I had! He’s hot model man material. Here he is photo-bombing me and Steven Daigle.
Last but not least we have Murtz Jaffer (Reality Obsessed), Mat Levy (I Love New York 2) and Bridgetta Tomarchio (Wanted Ted or Alive).
I know this was a long blog. It took me hours to write so I hope you enjoy it. Reality Rally means a lot to me both for the charity and for the chance to spend time with the Reality stars that I so frequently write about. Bloggergal