April 28-29, 2006:  Reality4Diabetes Charity Event in Cincinnati, Ohio

When Reality4Diabetes, a charity organization out of Cincinnati, Ohio, invited me and my buddy Hans Christianson to be a part of this year’s events, we jumped at the chance.  Not only am I a big fan of reality television, but I grew up in the Cincinnati area and have many family and friends who still live there.

The local B. Dalton Bookseller was kind enough to organize a book signing that fit my schedule perfectly.  Several of the Reality4Diabetes event coordinators showed up, as well as some of the stars!

The rest of the weekend was a whirlwind of food, auctions, parties, friends, and laughter.  This was definitely one of the best!

Tommy Linz, one of the million dollar winners of “The Amazing Race 8”, bid for this signed copy of “Desert Blood 10pm/9c” in Friday’s silent auction.  (Yep, he won!)

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Signing copies of Desert Blood at the Tri-County Mall.

My pal Dennis Luciani (NBC’s Average Joe) showed up to buy some books!

Plenty of family and friends made for a good crowd and great photos.

Hans and I shared a table with Big Brother’s Ivette and
James, as well as Survivor’s Katie Gallagher.

Friday night’s event was held at Dave & Buster’s in Cincinnati.

Ivette and James auctioned off some great Big Brother 6 collectables!







Tommy, Nick, and Megan Linz (The Amazing Race 8)
had plenty of treasures to offer!

Tommy and Katie share a moment.

Hans poses for a photo with Megan Linz.

Hans donated a signed book to Christie Duran from NBC’s Starting Over.

Nick, Dennis, and Tommy.

Hans and Katie hoist a couple of brews at the bar.







Megan and Dennis.

Nick, Katie, and Tommy.

After Dave & Buster’s, the party moved to Nick’s apartment downtown.

Hans was certainly having a drunken good time!

Coby Archa (Survivor) dances with Megan.

This is what happens at 4am, when everyone’s still having fun!







Tommy’s always quick to pose for the camera.

Hans gets his first look at the Cincinnati skyline.

Checking out the Paul Brown football stadium.

Saturday’s Reds game against Houston was at the Great American

Ivette, James, Jennifer Lyon (Survivor), Katie, and Hans.

A view of the field before the game.







Plenty of fans joined Reality TV stars for a fun afternoon at the park.

Dennis, James, Kate (The Mole), Hans, and Katie.

Kate Pahls (The Mole) catches up with Hans.

Dennis hangs out with some of the fans.

Jennifer, Katie, and Nick.

Hans, Christie, and Christina (Starting Over).







Reality4Diabete’s Jerry Broach and Hans.

The game underway...yep, the Reds won.

Hans, Christie, and Brooke (Survivor).

Survivor pals Brooke and Katie.

Hans and Katie.

Posing for a shot after the game.









Fans of Starting Over, Survivor, and The Amazing Race had a lot to smile about at this event!

Big Brother’s Ivette found herself a baby!  (And I’m not talking about Hans.)

Starting Over’s Jill, Christie, Jodi, and Jessica all found a friend in Hans.

Dennis and Hans give the weekend a big THUMBS UP.

Find out more about Reality4Diabetes at their website.  Maybe we’ll see you at the next event!