Rising To A Challenge

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Survivor: The Australian Outback' cast members Keith Famie, Michael Skupin and Maralyn Hershey have helped to raise thousands of dollars for some young real-life survivors.

The three worked on a fund-raiser that included an auction featuring a dinner for eight cooked by Famie and served by Skupin and an autographed brassiere that Hershey wore on the show.

More than 800 people attended the $125-per-couple benefit Friday for The Rainbow Connection, which grants wishes to children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Famie, a chef from West Bloomfield Township, Mich., is board president of the nonprofit group.

Famie, Skupin and Hershey were among the 16 participants on the CBS' realty show Survivor: The Australian Outback. Hershey, 52, was third to be voted out; Skupin, 39, left by default after suffering burns during the sixth week.

Famie, 40, and five others are still in the running for the $1 million prize.

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