Rogers game of Survivor raises money for charities

Ashley Arcaro, a former Survivor contestant from Maple Grove, took second place in Sunday’s contest. (Photo by Jared Hines)

Ashley Arcaro, a former Survivor contestant from Maple Grove, took second place in Sunday’s contest. (Photo by Jared Hines)

Since 2000, the show “Survivor” has captivated millions of viewers of all ages.
The CBS reality TV show takes strangers to an isolated location, where they become friends, become enemies and become crazy. They compete in challenges that lead to a sole survivor, who earns a grand prize of one $1 million.

On June 26, the Nelson residence on Sylvan Lake in Rogers was the location for “Survivor: Sylvan Lake,” in which contestants weren’t competing for $1 million, but rather instead a hefty sum of money to give to a charity of their choice.
“This year, we added the charity event to it, which added a lot more stakes to play for,” Brandon Nelson, organizer of the event, said.
Nelson, one of the show’s biggest fans, ran a similar event last year, and had an idea to do it again in 2016 but with the charity aspect. He called friends from college at the University of North Dakota, as well as local teachers, students and community members, some whom love the show just as much as he does. Together they raised $2,710 for five charities.

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