WOODLAND, Wash. -- What do you get when you mix reality TV with giving to charities? Usually you get a plot that involves a celebrity.
But that's not what played out in Southwest Washington Wednesday. Everyday folks jumped into a dare to raise money for their favorite causes. And it was all documented by a crew looking to make the next big TV Reality hit.
Dare Me For Charity came to the Woodland High School athletic field and set up a big inflatable landing pad. Then people jumped from platforms 32 feet up and landed on the pad. Most paid $5 to make the jump, and also raised donations from sponsors for their jumps.
Dare Me For Charity also awarded $1000 dollars to the group that jumped the most feet, and all the money went to the charity the group had chosen.
Woodland High School science teacher Jennifer Cullison heard about the Reality TV show pilot project and got it to come to town.
I thought, 'Why not, I'd pay money to do it.' So to earn money for my group was a great opportunity, said Cullison. Her cause was HOSA, a student-run group that learns and competes in health sciences, planning to become health professionals.
We thought we'd raise awareness for our Health Occupations Club here at the high school and in Washington State in general, and so we brought it here and we got a bunch of people to jump and raise money for our charity, said Virn Warndahl.
Warndahl will be a Woodland High School Senior and is Statewide President of HOSA.
Other groups participated for other non-profits and charities
Dare Me for Charity hopes their nationwide tour nets them a reality TV series, and a way to raise even more money for charities.
We challenge people to jump from as many heights as they can to test that fear and take that leap of faith for their charity and they absolutely are and it's amazing, said Executive Producer Aspen Decker. This just gives all these charities the chance to do something different to engage with their supporters.
No doubt about it, whatever the cause, jumping from high up is a rush.
You gotta just go and not think that's what makes it better, said Sunteaohna Floyd.
Floyd was jumping to help Oregon Active, a group that offers activity therapy to people with disabilities.
Click here to learn more and to donate to charities represented at the Woodland event.