VIDEO: Survivor Stars Toast Kid Survivors at Give Kids The World

On Friday, August 2nd I was fortunate enough to attend the HEARTS OF REALITY fundraising event at Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, Florida.  This event includes over 100 reality television stars from shows like Survivor (the one I watch), Big Brother, The Amazing Race and more.  The reality stars are in a friendly fundraising competition to raise money for the Village, and thus far have used their star power to raise over $50,000.  You can still support their efforts and sponsor your favorite reality star until November 11, 2013, click here to donate.  Continue reading for our VIDEO from Give Kids The World where Survivor stars, Boston Rob, Phillip “Special Agent” Shepard, Ozzy Lusth, Jerri Manthey, and Danni Boatwright, all discuss what the event means to them.

Give Kids The World Hearts of Reality

Every penny raised during the Hearts of Reality Weekend benefits Give Kids The World and the winner receives 2 roundtrip airline tickets from American Airlines.  The video below has my interview with Russell Hantz and many others; follow the link for Dave Parfitt’s previous interview with Russell Hantz where he talks about the impact Give Kids The World had on him.  In addition, Russell Hantz shared the plans for a new show coming soon involving himself and his family.  I was happy he shared this news with us first!

Survivor's Russell Hantz at Give Kids The World Village

My friend Shelley Caran and I enjoyed the Village immensely.  It was emotional.  We were told heartwarming stories of courage as we toured the Village with some of the reality stars.  We visited the Castle of Miracles whose ceilings and walls were adorned in silver stars.  Each star representing a child who has been there.

Give Kids The World Castle of Miracles

You can’t help but wonder how many of those children are still here with us today and admire all the good that this organization is trying to accomplish.  I was part of a Wish Family for my cousin Matthew DeSantis over 20 years ago.  At that time, stars were not a part of Give Kids The World.  The Village invited me to return another day and go through the process of getting Matthew his own star.  It’s a sort of ceremony to go through and I can’t wait.  In the video, you will see more about these stars and the process to locate a child’s star.

In the end, the Reality Stars visiting Give Kids The World was really about the children.  I attended the briefing the Reality Stars received before they went out into the Village.  They were encouraged, not to give autographs, but to GET THEM from the children during the Pirates and Princess Party.

Give Kids The World Hearts of Reality

I was fortunate enough to interview Boston Rob Mariano (Survivor: Redemption Island winner, Marquesas, All-Stars, Heroes vs. Villains, and The Amazing Race), Jerri Manthey (Survivor: The Australian Outback, All Stars, and Heroes vs. Villains), Ozzy Lusth (Survivor: Cook Islands, Micronesia, and South Pacific), Danni Boatwright (Survivor: Guatemala winner), Russell Hantz (Survivor: Samoa, Heroes vs. Villains, and Redemption Island) and Phillip Sheppard (Survivor: Caramoan and Redemption Island).

Give Kids The World Hearts of Reality

I kept the question short and simple since the focus was on them and the kids.  I basically asked each one “What does being here at Give Kids The World mean to you?”  The responses show why the event is called HEARTS of Reality.

It was clear that Give Kids The World had quite an impact on the stars who visited, summed up by “Boston Rob’s” tweet.

Thanks to Shelley Caran of On the Go in MCO for the photos.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About John Saccheri

John Saccheri has been rooted in the Disney culture from childhood. John only had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World once, at the age of 5. After returning home, he never stopped talking about it, yearning to return. His parents were worried about this “obsession,” but John began working at the age of 12 with a focus on saving up for the next Disney trip. He was able to visit Disney World at least once a year from 14 years old onward. Today, a successful entrepreneur, John was able to move from his hometown of Long Island, New York, to Central Florida to be close to the Mouse. Going to the parks still seems like a fantasy to him!