Another kind of tea party takes place in Temecula

TEMECULA – Old California Lavender hosted a “Reality Pet Tea” as a benefit for Reality Rally which supports Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center. High Tea was served with special guest Ricochet, “The Amazing Surf Dog,” who is the only known dog in the world to transform service to “surf”ice by learning to surf with special needs kids.

Gillian Larson, a retired nurse, came up with the vision for Reality Rally during her appearance in Survivor. Larson said, “I was equally if not more excited to announce the launch, birth, and execution of Reality Rally in April 2011. It took five weeks creating it in the jungle in Gabon and two years of fine tuning the vision and months of planning it with an amazing Reality Rally Production Team and Volunteer Team of over 300 and the endless support of my family.”

Michelle’s Place was founded in 2001 by Marilyn and Bill Watson, parents of Michelle Watson. Michelle was diagnosed with breast cancer at the tender age of 23 after years of misdiagnosis.

“Unfortunately, women today do not always have the resources they need to be their own health advocate. That is where Michelle’s Place comes in. We provide a variety of free services to women and their families impacted by breast cancer as well as those working to prevent breast cancer. From our Breast Health Assistance program that offers free and low-cost diagnostic services to the uninsured to our Pink Ribbon Assistance program helping women going through treatment in need of temporary financial assistance to a survivor network providing support to educational resources, classes, Self Help Groups for women as well as children…the list goes on. Visit our website at for a comprehensive view of our services,” added Larson.

Michelle’s Place is grateful for your support and proud to be the beneficiary of the Temecula Valley Reality Rally. For more information, visit

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