Reality Rally kicks off with new competition, old favorites

Reality Rally participant Matt Hitchcock rides the mechanical bull at the Temecula Stampede during one of the rally challenges in Old Town Temecula.
Reality Rally participant Matt Hitchcock rides the mechanical bull at the Temecula Stampede during one of the rally challenges in Old Town Temecula.

Reality Rally 2016 is almost here and this year’s event will kick off with the newly added Reality Rally Lip Sync Showdown, Celebrity vs. Public Showdown Thursday, April 7, at Pala Mesa Resort in Fallbrook. So get ready to rock with Reality Rally.

From 5:30-6 p.m. all guests, contestants and crew are invited to meet at the Pala Mesa Aqua Terra bar to enjoy specially priced appetizers and drinks before heading out to the tent at 6-6:30 p.m and find a seat for viewing all of the action. The Lip Sync Showdown, Celebrity vs. Public Showdown begins at 6:30 p.m. sharp.

Reality Rally Founder Gillian Larson will open the event with a summary of the evening, and Jonnie Fox will take the stage as the, Lip Sync Director, explaining the basics of the competition, the judging parameters, and introduce the Judges to the audience. Fox will also introduce disc jockey Mark Sterling from Sterling Productions as the sound engineer running the line-up. Emcee, Rat Sult, will open the competition.

Contestants taking the stage include reality TV stars Carolyn Rivera, Sheila Kennedy, Laura Thompson-Nelson, Dennis Luciani, Ashley Sherman and Steve Cazel who will take on locals Matthew Gallagher, Doris Johnson, Tanya Pfenninghausen, Sascha LaRusso, Linda Maieta, Brandon Federowitz, Charity Prestifillipo and Ginger Seal Malone for the title of Top Lip Syncer.

“Jimmy Fallon and Spike TV’s ‘Lip Sync Battle’ with LL Cool J have both made lip sync hot again,” Larson said. “We are definitely riding that wave with our new Lip Sync contest.”

Murrieta’s former fire chief, Matt Shobert on Reality Rally team with Survivor’s Richard Hatch. Daniel Lane photo
Murrieta’s former fire chief, Matt Shobert on Reality Rally team with Survivor’s Richard Hatch. File photo

The event will be live streamed and can be viewed on the www.realityrally.com home page and all participants will be judged, Larson said.

“Judges will score each contestant based upon entertainment factor, costuming, props, knowing the lyrics, as well as general fun in the performance,” Larson said.

For full information and ticket sales, visit www.RealityRally.com. No walk-up Lip Sync performances will be permitted.

Pala Mesa Resort is located at 2001 Old Hwy 395 in Fallbrook.

The fun doesn’t end there though, a Red Carpet Celebrity Reception and Parade of Stars along with the Feeling Lucky Casino Fundraiser is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, April 8, at Wilson Creek Winery. Ticketholders have the opportunity to mingle with the celebrities, enjoy hor d’oeuvres, and participate in the casino night fun. In addition to the Casino prizes there are two trips of a lifetime offered including an eight day Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting trip through the Grand Canyon and a six day Luxury Safari stay in South Africa. Tickets are on sale right now at the Visit Temecula Valley office and will be at the Celebrity reception. Need not be present to win.

The event will allow fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with 109 reality stars such as the original Survivor winner and Celebrity Apprentice contestant Richard Hatch, the winners of last season’s “Amazing Race,”Joey Buttitta and Kelsey Gerkens, Chef Amanda Colello from “Hell’s Kitchen” and Chef Barret Bayer from “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Kitchen Casino” and “Midnight Feast.”

At 9 a.m. Saturday, April 9, teams comprising of three members of the public and one Reality Star will converge on the steps of Temecula City Hall and subsequently flood onto the streets in a race to complete a series of challenges at checkpoints. Team tickets are available to purchase until April 1 on the website, www.realityrally.com.

The public is invited to follow along with the game free of charge and cheer on their favorite celebrity and local teams as they navigate

2014 Reality Rally participant, Donna Martello, throws pizza dough to one of her teammates during a rally challenge in Old Town Temecula.
2014 Reality Rally participant, Donna Martello, throws pizza dough to one of her teammates during a rally challenge in Old Town Temecula.

through the challenges in the style of “The Amazing Race.”

“This is an opportunity for all those people who love reality television, said Larson. “People can ask ‘what was it like to be on ‘Naked and Afraid,’ ‘Survivor’ or ‘the Amazing Race.’ People can come to talk to them. That’s why they are here, to talk to the public while raising money for Michele’s place. It’s amazing.”

Immediately following the race is the Reality Rally Festival. From 4 to 9 p.m., Temecula City Hall Square will be full of fun and games for the entire family. The reality stars will be available for autographs at the meet and greet from 4 to 6 p.m. All activities are only $10, children 5 and under are free. Autograph books are available for purchase for $3.

Also starting at 4 p.m. is the Kidz Challenge Checkpoint Games Zone where children will have the opportunity to play a mini “Amazing Race” game of their own. There will be festival fun and games, storybook character photo stations, birds and animals on display, live stream interviews.

Wrapping up the event with be the third annual Celebrity Chefs Showcase. Beginning at 7 p.m., celebrity chefs from 14 Food Network shows such as “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Chopped,” “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “MasterChef” and many more will pair up randomly to compete against the other teams of chefs, judged by local community leaders until a winner is crowned at 9 p.m.

One hundred percent of the net proceeds from Reality Rally benefit Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center. In

Fans meet reality television stars at a previous Reality Rally.
Fans meet reality television stars at a previous Reality Rally.

“It’s such a great town, we support each others’ charities all the time and I want to be able to bring in money from the outside rather than tap our own resources in town and that is exactly what we do,” Larson said “Every star has a fan base and we tap that component because each star actually has to raise money to be here. In 2015 we brought in money from 16 countries and every one of the 50 States.”

Bottom line, for Larson is doing something for the betterment of the community, all for the price of a single dollar.

“If everybody gave one dollar today, you never know if that dollar could save one or two lives, by paying the cost of that mammogram or ultrasound for someone who might not be able to afford it on their own. How powerful is that? One dollar could do that.”

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