With a team name like “Ta Ta Sisterhood it’s gotta be good.” That was the theory behind Kendra Thomas and her sister’s Reality Rally fundraising team three years ago. Now, Kendra with her two sisters – Andrea Dunham and Tonya Tedesco – continue to raise money for the Fun for Funds event, coming to Temecula in April 2016.
“We always wanted to raise money to benefit Michelle’s Place and this year, we’ve set our fundraising minimum to $1,000,” she said.
Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center has been the benefactor of Reality Rally since its inception. The annual event draws in reality show contestants from the popular to the obscure, giving larger than life personalities the opportunity to donate their celebrity for a good cause.
Founder Gillian Larson – Kendra’s mother – first had the epiphany of Reality Rally, after her stint on “Survivor Gabon.” Gillian, a South African native and one of Temecula’s favorite residents, has passed the love of donating to Michelle’s Place and remembering Michelle Watson, the brave young woman who succumbed to breast cancer, for whom the charity was named.
“This year, I had an abnormal mammogram for the first time ever,” Thomas said. “Everything turned out OK, but this year’s Reality Rally feels extra personal to me.”
When a Reality Rally team raises a significant amount of funds, teams get the chance to pick their own reality star to join with in the “Amazing Race” style event through Old Town Temecula.
The idea to join in as a Reality Rally team was a natural for Thomas, being how her mother founded the event.
“My mom wanted to use her 15 minutes of fame to do some good in the world and in our community,” she said. “Every April, she invites over 100 reality television stars to come to Temecula. My sisters and I formed the Ta Ta Sisterhood as our way to take part on race day. But ultimately, it’s all about Michelle and her dream of having a location for women fighting breast cancer, to help support them through their battle.”
While Thomas enjoys participating in Reality Rally every year, most of all, she loves seeing her mother take her vision and make it a reality, year after year.
“It’s changed my world and reminds me that I can make my own dreams and visions come true,” Thomas said. “Each donation from Reality Rally helps local women obtain much needed services while they fight breast cancer. That is a blessing.”
This year, each team at Reality Rally must raise a certain amount to participate. Thomas and her sisters are working toward their $1,000 goal.
“We’ve raised just over $600 so far,” she said. “We had never done a fundraiser before, but my little sister was getting creative, so we decided to host a fun run in her neighborhood, with donations going toward our team,” Thomas said. “Now, with the Left, Right, Center game night at Harveston Lake in April, we are hoping to not just meet but beat our goal.”
The next fundraiser for the Ta Ta Sisterhood team is the aforementioned Left, Right, Center tournament in April which has already gained a large amount of local interest.
“The price for entry is $10 per person. We will have a raffle, and great prizes for the winners,” she said.
Dream Dinners, the meal preparation service in Temecula, has donated a free introductory offer and a Taste Party for 10 people as one of the allotted prizes. All funds raised will be donated to Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center.
“We thank Dream Dinners for their generous donation,” Dunham said.
Other prizes include Europa Village, with donations of wine and complimentary wine tastings, and Kia FIT, Young’s Nail Spa gift certificates, Paper Pincushion memory custom treasures, Papa Murphy’s, Chik Fil A, Albertson’s, Simply Kneaded massage services, Trattoria Toscana and four tickets to Reality Rally Casino Night.
For the event, light snacks and desserts will be offered and adults only are invited to attend. Join the Ta Ta Sisterhood Left, Right, Center Fundraising Party on April 2, at Harveston Lake House, 29005 Lake House Drive from 7 – 11 p.m.
Reality Rally is a three-day event coming this April. For more information on how to attend or build a team of your own, visit www.RealityRally.com.