What: 4th annual “It’s A Jungle Out There” benefit
Where: Deep Ellum Art Company
The 411: Former contestants on the hit TV shows Survivor, Amazing Race, Big Brother, and American Ninja Warrior gathered to raise funds for Cheer 4 Your Life, which helps teens pursue their passions and provides emotional support to help them stay focused on education and accomplish their goals. Guests arrived dressed in "jungle chic" attire and mingled with snakes and tortoises provided by Wildlife On The Move.
Founder Missy Payne shared her inspiring story of being on Survivor in San Juan del Sur during Season 29. Although she came in third, the opportunity allowed her to think of the idea for this life-changing charity.
Payne proudly introduced teens who are beneficiaries of the organization throughout the night, who lent their talents to the evening’s entertainment. Think dancing, gymnastics routines, and singing. Two teens even spoke about their growth thanks to the support of the program.
Who: Wendell Holland, Michaela Bradshaw, Keith and Wes Nale, Baylor Wilson, Carolyn “Mama C” Rivera, Mike Holloway, Jill Behm, Sunday Burquest, Meg Malley, April Lewis, Uchenna Agu, Tanner Kloven, Ashton Theiss, Tom Doweidt, Brittany Hanks, Elliott Jolivette, Joy Strikland, and Brian Glenn.