Idaho Woman Raising Money for 'Survivor' Runner-Up


An Idaho woman is trying the even the score—quite literally—for a runner-up in the most recent season of Survivor, the popular CBS-TV reality program.

Yung "Woo" Hwang of Newport Beach, Calif., a 29-year-old martial arts instructor, came in second place, losing to Tony Vlacho in a five-to-one vote from the so-called Survivor "jury" made up of previously ousted contestants. Vlachos took home $1 million for his efforts.

But Shirley Ellis, a 78-year-old Coeur d'Alene grandmother, says she was so upset at the outcome that she has begun a mail-in campaign to raise a million dollars for Hwang, saying Hwang should have won because he was the more honest of the two finalists.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Ellis opened up a bank account and launched an online campaign to raise the funds. The Press reports that Ellis has thus far received approximately 20 letters with some people sending two dollars and others sending as much as $196. The letters have come from coast to coast—from Washington, D.C., to southern California.

"Two dollars," Ellis said opening another letter this week, kissing the crisp bills. "Two fresh ones."