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Reality TV Celebrities from New Jersey Join Reality Rally

Adam Poch
Amanda Giblin
Cyndi Stanimirov
Gillian Larson

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – At least three reality TV stars from New Jersey, including East Brunswick’s Adam Poch from “Big Brother,” will be participating in Reality Rally 2014 to raise money for Michelle’s Place, a charity to provide support to people with breast cancer.

If you are a fan of the reality show “Survivor,” you may recognize former contestant Gillian Larson, from “Survivor Gabon.”  After her elimination, Gillian made a decision to use her “survivor status” as a platform to do good and make a difference. Inspired by those who lost their lives to cancer, Gillian founded “Reality Rally,” a three-day event full of activities for all ages and reality TV stars. 

All proceeds raised from the rally are donated to an organization close to Gillian’s heart--Michelle’s Place, which honors the life of an adventurous, vibrant women who lost her life to breast cancer at the age of 26. Michelle’s Place ( provides support, education and services to people with breast cancer.    

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Reality TV stars from New Jersey who are already participating in Reality Rally 2014 include Poch from CBS’s “Big Brother,” Amanda Giblin from Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” and Cyndi Stanimirov,  also from “Hell’s Kitchen.”

This will be Poch’s third year attending the event. Nicknamed the “Heavy Metal Teddy Bear,” Poch grew up in East Brunswick and now lives in Hoboken.  Like Gillian, he has chosen to use his “reality star status for good, not evil.”

“I have done a lot of charity events,” Poch told, “and Reality Rally, to me, is the best one I have ever been involved in.” He goes on to explain that the founder, Gillian, takes all of the Reality Stars to visit “Michelle’s Place” where they truly get to see just where the money they raise is going.  Poch said that being able to meet Michelle’s family, hear her story, and see the facility that does so much to help and support people with cancer makes the event incredibly meaningful to those involved.  “As soon as you walk into the doors, you feel the impact of what you are doing,” Poch explains.  Having lost his mother to cancer, being able to help others with cancer is extremely important to him.

Poch tells  that he really looks forward to returning to Reality Rally this year.  It’s a chance to connect with Reality TV Stars from all over and share stories and experiences.  With everyone there for a common good, people tend to forgive old grudges, drop the drama, and just have fun.

If you are interested in helping Adam Poch in his fundraising efforts for Reality Rally, click here.

Help Amanda raise funds by clicking here.

and help Cindi by clicking here.

The fourth annual Reality Rally will be held on April 11-14 in Temecula, Calif. More than 100 Reality TV celebrities will be there, from a vast assortment of reality TV shows, including Survivor, Cupcake Wars, The Amazing Race, Wife Swap and The Bachlorette.  In order to participate in the event, each reality star needs to raise a minimum of $400.  You can help your favorite reality star raise money by visiting, viewing the Reality Star Line Up, and clicking on the star of your choice.  “Any amount helps.  Even $1 can make a difference,” Larson said. “It could be your dollar that helps save a life.”

The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased on the website.  Activities include a “Meet and Greet”, autograph sessions, a “Casino Night”, an “Amazing Race type game,” and a “Red Carpet Celebration.”  Guests can expect to get up close and personal to the reality stars.


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