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Wednesday, Feb 19 2014 06:00 AM

'Sneak Peak' at Survivor premiere will raise funds Feb. 26

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Kassandra "Kass" McQuillen, pictured with the "Brains" team, is among 18 "castaways" who competed on the Emmy award-winning CBS show "Survivor," premiering on Feb. 26. Monty Brinton/CBS

Tehachapi resident Kassandra McQuillen, representing the "Brains" team, will be present for CBS's season premiere of "Survivor" on Feb. 26. Photo courtesy of CBS.

Those looking to support the Tehachapi Parks Foundation and party with a local reality show contestant are invited to celebrate the two-hour season premiere of the show Survivor on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the West Park Activity Center.

Local attorney Kassandra "Kass" Mcquillen is among 18 "castaways" who will compete against each other on the Emmy award-winning CBS series as it returns for its 28th season.

For a $30 donation, guests at the "Cast Away" event will get an early viewing of the show, which will be shown early by way of an East Coast broadcast feed starting at 5 p.m. Also included are appetizers provided by Don Juan's, a drink ticket, and a raffle. The event begins at 4 p.m. and runs until the end of the broadcast at 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District office, Tehachapi City Hall, and TFitness.

The West Park Activity Center is located 410 West "D" St.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Tehachapi Parks Foundation, a local non-profit created late last year by the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District to support youth recreation programs and scholarships.

McQuillen, 41, is a coach for first and second grade basketball offered by the district.

"I'm a parent and I'm a huge advocate of children getting to play and I thought that was a good cause," said of the event.

Kass will be a member of the the "Brains" tribe, according to an announcement from the network.

She said she has always been an avid fan of the show and never missed an episode before being selected to be a participant.

"I made a video, submitted it online, and the next thing I knew I was getting a call from a casting director," McQuillen said in a phone interview.

In fact, when McQuillen received the call that she was selected to be on the show, she didn't believe it.

"When I got the call I just hung up, because I thought it was one of my friends joking around," she said. But she soon realized it was all real.

McQuillen added that what she enjoyed most about the show was the physical and emotional challenge it presented.

"The starving, making shelter, it's all real," she said. "It's insane for someone who's watched it for so long."

The spring edition of "Survivor," filmed in Cagayan, a province in the Philippines, will be themed "Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty."

The groupings of these tribes, each composed of six castaways, reflect the distinguishing qualities that people bring to the game and test whether there is any truth to the pre-conceived notion that that certain characteristics will help you win the game of Survivor, the network said. All castaways will compete to outwit, outplay, outlast and ultimately be crowned Sole Survivor.

In addition to McQuillen, the season's cast includes a high-stakes poker player, an ex-NFL cheerleader, a nuclear engineer, the president of the Miami Marlins and a former NBA All-Star.

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