When it comes to television programming, we've all accepted that the "reality" genre couldn't be farther from its' namesake. The "stars" insistence on portraying one dimensional archetypes, often amidst completely contrived competitions (Seriously? people willingly entered a contest to WIN a date with Flavor Flav? 3 Times?!) makes bearing witness to any of the shows an agonizing experience for me. "Reality" and "Hope" cross the street to get away from crap like Denise Richard's "It's Complicated" or the "Dina Lohan Mom-ager Experience". At best, these programs are a guilty pleasure that offer their viewership a mindless escape into "The Twilight Zone".
Alums of the shows aren't generally the best or the brightest
humanity television has to offer, so I was plenty surprised when I discovered that the casts of several of the programs do charitable work. Case in point, Reality Cares Beach Party Fundraiser for The Point Foundation at the LA Sports Club. Point is a worthy organization that provides financial assistance to outstanding LGBT scholars in all fields of study. The only requirement in accepting the grants is that the students participate in a mentorship program, and that they assist another cause-related organization. Some notable Point Scholars are T.R. Knight's beau, Mark Cornelsen and Charlie David's Brandon Kneefel.
Several of the stars were in swimwear provided by the events sponsor, Aussie Bum. Some of the pictured attendees included: