Reality Cares’ charity event, reality tv convention both take place this weekend

Two events this weekend on opposite sides of the country compete to draw reality stars, the people who want to see them in person, and their dollars (for charity and for profit).

On Saturday from 2 to 7 p.m., Reality Cares presents a charity event that “[t]o raise money for Operation Smile, a worldwide children’s medical charity dedicated to helping children and young adults born with facial deformities such as cleft lips and cleft palates.” VIP tickets are $95; “meet and greet” tickets are $50 or $65 at the door; while general admission tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door.

Janice Dickinson, of all people, hosts, and the reality stars include Dancing with the Stars Mario Lopez, American Idol‘s Frenchie Davis and Ryan Starr, Big Brother‘s Will Kirby and Marcellas Reynolds, and a number of The Amazing Race stars such as Chip, Kim, Rebecca, and others. Strangely, a press release about the event also listed “invited attendees,” a list that’s actually longer than the list of attending stars and includes Tyra Banks, Kaysar, Marla Maples, and David Hasselhoff.

On both Saturday and Sunday, the blog named Reality TV Magazine sponsors the Reality TV Convention, which is not for charity unless you consider F-list reality stars charity cases. Last year, it drew 100 stars and 300 fans. It takes place at the Radisson Hotel at Opryland in Nashville; tickets are $10 a day or, strangely, $25 for both days (which includes a t-shirt, but still). While there are some name stars, such as American Idol‘s Scott Savol and Jon Peter Lewis, the bottom of the reality star barrel is being scraped; also appearing from Idol are Dani McCulloch, Perla Meneses, and Heather Cox. Who?

Reality All-Stars [Reality Cares]
Reality TV Convention [Reality TV Magazine]

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